Lady in Danger

Lady in Danger is a 1934 British comedy thriller film directed by Tom Walls and starring Walls, Yvonne Arnaud and Anne Grey.[1] The screenplay was by Ben Travers.

Lady in Danger
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Directed byTom Walls
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byMarjorie Gaffney
Ben Travers
StarringTom Walls
Yvonne Arnaud
Music byJack Beaver
CinematographyPhilip Tannura
Edited byHelen Lewis
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors (UK)
Release date
27 November 1934 (London) (UK)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


In the mythical European country of Ardenberg, General Dittling (Leon M. Lion) stages a military coup. His supporters believe that he will set up a republic but it is actually his desire to restore the monarchy. Therefore, he persuades British businessman Richard Dexter (Tom Walls) to escort the Queen (Yvonne Arnaud) to the safety of England. Once there his relations with the Queen are farcically misconstrued, when his fiancée Lydia (Anne Gray) arrives unannounced. After many adventures, the King (Hugh Wakefield), who has fled to Paris, is reunited with his wife.[2]


Critical reception

TV Guide described the film as "a vague comedy that refuses to commit itself to a romance between the leads" ; while Allmovie called it an "airy comedy-melodrama...the farcical possibilities of Lady in Danger are played to the hilt, and the rest is good semi-clean fun."[3][4]

Life imitates art

Lady in Danger was released in 1934, two years before the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. However, there are some intriguing parallels between the movie and the later civil war, particularly the similarities between the fictional General Dittling and the real-life Generalissimo Francisco Franco. During the war, Franco was part of the Spanish Confederation of Autonomous Right-wing Groups. He later became the dictatorial ruler of Spain. In 1969, in a surprise move, the monarchist-leaning Franco designated Prince Juan Carlos de Borbón as his successor. When Franco died in 1975, he was indeed succeeded by the prince as King Juan Carlos I.


  1. "Lady in Danger (1934) | BFI". Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  2. "Lady in Danger 1934 | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Britmovie. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. "Lady in Danger (1934) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. "Lady In Danger Review". Retrieved 29 July 2014.


  • Sutton, David R. A chorus of raspberries: British film comedy 1929-1939. University of Exeter Press, 2000.
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