The Queen's Affair

The Queen's Affair is a 1934 British musical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Fernand Gravey, Muriel Aked and Edward Chapman.[2] An Eastern European President falls in love with the Queen whom he had previously deposed.[3] It was also released as Queen's Affair and Runaway Queen.

The Queen's Affair
Belgian poster
Directed byHerbert Wilcox
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written byMonckton Hoffe
Miles Malleson
Samson Raphaelson
Based onThe operetta Die Königin by Ernst Marischka & Bruno Granichstaedten[1]
StarringAnna Neagle
Fernand Gravey
Muriel Aked
Music byOscar Straus
Roy Robertson
CinematographyFreddie Young
Edited byMerrill G. White
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
February 1934
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was made at Elstree Studios.[4] The film's sets were designed by the art director Lawrence P. Williams.[5] Gowns were designed by Doris Zinkeisen.[3]


Poor New York shop girl Nadina (Anna Neagle) receives unexpected news of an inheritance, and learns she is next in line to be queen of an Eastern European country. On her arrival in Ruritania, a revolution is in progress, and only minutes before her coronation, Nadina is forced into exile. She flees to Paris with her nurse (Muriel Aked), and then travels on to Switzerland. There Nadina encounters the Ruritanian revolutionary leader Carl (Fernand Gravey), recuperating from the trials of revolution, and the couple unexpectedly fall in love. When the revolution collapses in Ruritania, they return and marry, thus forming a constitutional monarchy supported by all the people.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "This average musical features a good star turn by Neagle, but the whole film looks awfully dated."[6]



  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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