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The Baroness and the Butler (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 February 1938 (USA)
A butler gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Leslie Bush-Fekete (play) (as Ladislaus Bus-Fekete), Sam Hellman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Johann Porok
Annabella ... Baroness Katrina Marissey
Helen Westley ... Countess Sandor
Henry Stephenson ... Count Albert Sandor
Joseph Schildkraut ... Baron Georg Marissey
J. Edward Bromberg ... Zorda
Nigel Bruce ... Major Andros
Lynn Bari ... Klari - Maid
Maurice Cass ... Radio Announcer
Ivan F. Simpson ... Count Dormo (as Ivan Simpson)
Alphonse Ethier ... President
Claire Du Brey ... Martha - Kartina's Secretary
Wilfred Lucas ... Member of Parliament
Sidney Bracey ... Member of Parliament (as Sidney Bracy)
Frank Baker ... Member of Parliament
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Storyline

On election day, Count Albert Sandor, the Prime Minister of Hungary, is surprised to learn that his faithful servant, Johann Porok, has been elected to parliament. Despite their opposing political views, Johann and Sandor amicably agree to continue their butler and master relationship. Sandor's daughter, Baroness Katrina Marissey, however, is appalled to see the eloquent butler opposing her father in parliament. Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was rejected by the censors in Quebec, Canada. Romania censors removed all references to Hungary. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Powell's character can be seen using a tea trolley with a large map of and coat of arms prominently displayed on its back. Both represent Australia, not Hungary, where the film is set. See more »

Quotes

Johann Porok: This is the last day of parliamentary elections. Those of you who have not voted will be given time to do so today. That is all.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: William Powell (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales From the Vienna Woods, Op.325
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
In the score for the opening scenes
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An Excellent Forgotten Classic
6 July 2015 | by CKohlsSee all my reviews

It is rare that I come upon a classic film I like this much. Comedy, drama, a charming story, all well produced and satisfying. I am not a fan of screwball comedies or slapstick, and a lot of times that's what people think of when they think of classic comedy, which is a shame. Much of the comedy in this film could be used today. William Powell is brilliant as ever. Annabella is stunning. Henry Stephenson is charming. He reminds me of a friendly C. Aubrey Smith. And they were in fact cast together in Little Lord Fountleroy (which, if you haven't seen, is an excellent forgotten classic). I can't recommend this film highly enough. Someone has uploaded it to youtube recently, which is where I watched it.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Baronesa e o Mordomo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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