All the King's Horses


1h 26m 1935

Film Details

Also Known As
Be Careful, Young Lady
Release Date
Feb 22, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical All the King's Horses , book and lyrics by Frederick Herendeen, score by Edward A. Horan (New York, 30 Jan 1934), which was adapted from the unpublished play Carlo Rocco by Laurence Clarke and Max Giersberg (copyrighted 31 Jan 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Elaine, Queen of Langenstein, is passionately in love with her neglectful husband, Rudolph XIV, but leaves him on their one-year anniversary when, on the advice of his consul, he refuses to shave off his beard, which the queen detests. In her absence, Rudolph meets film star Carlo Rocco, who convinces him to shave off his beard to save his marriage. Discovering they look exactly alike, Carlo offers to impersonate the king while the king goes off to sew "a very mild wild oat." The king, under the guidance of the opportunistic Count Josef "Peppi" von Schlapstaat, vacations in Vienna with Peppi and his assistant, Fraülein Mimi, who adores the king. When Elaine sees Rudolph's beardless picture in the paper, she rushes home and finds her "husband" agreeable in appearance, but cold to her advances. Carlo does all he can to forestall making love to the beautiful queen until she, believing the Lord Chamberlain, Baron Kraemer, is conspiring to keep her husband and her apart, asks Carlo to meet her in Grinzinger, where she and Rudolph had their honeymoon. Carlo then flies to Vienna to retrieve the king. There, Peppi has engaged Carlo to sing for the Viennese, which he does, finishing in time to take Rudolph to Grinzinger. Unable to find the king, who is sleeping in an adjoining room, Carlo goes ahead to Grinzinger and dances with Elaine in the garden until Rudolph arrives and, while Elaine's eyes are closed, takes Carlo's place.

Film Details

Also Known As
Be Careful, Young Lady
Release Date
Feb 22, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical All the King's Horses , book and lyrics by Frederick Herendeen, score by Edward A. Horan (New York, 30 Jan 1934), which was adapted from the unpublished play Carlo Rocco by Laurence Clarke and Max Giersberg (copyrighted 31 Jan 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Award Nominations

Best Dance Direction

1936

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

This film's working title was Be Careful, Young Lady. According to a news item in Daily Variety, Elissa Landi was originally slated for the female lead, but Paramount executives changed their minds and hired Metropolitan Opera star Mary Ellis instead, who made her American screen debut in this film. A June 1935 New York Times article notes that All the King's Horses was one of three films running at that time which used double identity themes. LeRoy Prinz was nominated for an Academy Award in the Dance Director category for his work on the "Viennese Waltz" number.