My Pal the King (1932)

60 or 75 mins | Western | 4 August 1932

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HISTORY

The synopsis in the copyright records refers to James Kirkwood's character as "Count Schwartz." According to a DV news item, assistant director Phillip Karlstein testified at a National Labor Relations Board investigation in 1938 that he was assigned to direct the last three or four days of this film after director Kurt Neumann was taken off the picture; the investigation was concerned with the question of whether assistant directors were ever called on to direct ... More Less

The synopsis in the copyright records refers to James Kirkwood's character as "Count Schwartz." According to a DV news item, assistant director Phillip Karlstein testified at a National Labor Relations Board investigation in 1938 that he was assigned to direct the last three or four days of this film after director Kurt Neumann was taken off the picture; the investigation was concerned with the question of whether assistant directors were ever called on to direct scenes. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Oct 38
p. 7.
International Photographer
1 Sep 32
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Jul 32
p. 32, 36
New York Times
4 Oct 32
p. 26.
Variety
11 Oct 32
p. 33.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 August 1932
Production Date:
17 May--2 June 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 August 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3176
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 75
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Tom Reed brings his famous rodeo show to the kingdom of Alvonia, where ten-year-old King Charles V becomes more interested in the show than the new tax bill. After a talk with his new buddy Tom, Charles is inspired to treat his populace honestly. This new plan does not fit in with Count De Mar's plans, because until now, he has been running the country and intends to levy enormous taxes on the populace. Charles tears up the new tax bill, engendering Count De Mar's hatred. The count plots with the Dowager Queen and has the king and his tutor, Lorenz, kidnapped. He locks them in a dungeon, advising Lorenz to kill Charles and then commit suicide. Charles' aunt, Princess Elsa, tells Tom that Charles is missing, and Tom tracks him down to the fortress where he is being held prisoner. After a fight between the cowboys and the count's men, the count drowns in a water-filled dungeon. Tom then rescues Lorenz and Charles, who promises not to forget about life, liberty and the pursuit of ... +


Tom Reed brings his famous rodeo show to the kingdom of Alvonia, where ten-year-old King Charles V becomes more interested in the show than the new tax bill. After a talk with his new buddy Tom, Charles is inspired to treat his populace honestly. This new plan does not fit in with Count De Mar's plans, because until now, he has been running the country and intends to levy enormous taxes on the populace. Charles tears up the new tax bill, engendering Count De Mar's hatred. The count plots with the Dowager Queen and has the king and his tutor, Lorenz, kidnapped. He locks them in a dungeon, advising Lorenz to kill Charles and then commit suicide. Charles' aunt, Princess Elsa, tells Tom that Charles is missing, and Tom tracks him down to the fortress where he is being held prisoner. After a fight between the cowboys and the count's men, the count drowns in a water-filled dungeon. Tom then rescues Lorenz and Charles, who promises not to forget about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. +

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