Thursday, February 11, 2016

If I Were King (1938)

Academy Awards, USA 1939

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Basil Rathbone
Best Art Direction
Hans Dreier
John B. Goodman
Best Sound, Recording
Loren L. Ryder (Paramount SSD)
Best Music, Original Score
Richard Hageman

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Frank Lloyd
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Ronald Colman plays a poetry-spouting vagabond in 15th century Paris. After accidentally killing  one of the king's traitors in a brawl, he is appointed constable for a week. He uses his new power to reward old friends and rally them to fight for the king against the occupying Burgundians. It also allows him to romance Frances Dee, one of the queen's ladies in waiting. Overlong, but ok for rainy day escapist entertainment.

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