Lady in Danger
|Lady in Danger|
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|Directed by||Tom Walls|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Written by||Marjorie Gaffney|
|Music by||Jack Beaver|
|Edited by||Helen Lewis|
|Distributed by||Gaumont British Distributors (UK)|
|27 November 1934 (London) (UK)|
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.
- Tom Walls - Richard Dexter
- Yvonne Arnaud - Queen of Ardenberg
- Anne Grey - Lydia
- Leon M. Lion - Dittling
- Hugh Wakefield - King
- Marie Lohr - Lady Brockley
- Alfred Drayton - Quill
- Leonora Corbett - Marcelle
- O.B. Clarence -Nelson
- Cecil Parker - Piker
- Harold Warrender - Clive
- Hubert Harben - Matterby
- Charles Lefeaux - Hotel Manager
- Dorothy Galbraith - Mrs. Quill
- Jane Cornell - Shop Assistant
- Mervyn Johns - Reporter
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."
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.
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- "Lady in Danger 1934 | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Britmovie. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Lady in Danger (1934) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Lady In Danger Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- Sutton, David R. A chorus of raspberries: British film comedy 1929-1939. University of Exeter Press, 2000.