The Royal Family of Broadway

The Royal Family of Broadway is a 1930 American pre-Code comedy film directed by George Cukor and Cyril Gardner and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Gertrude Purcell from the play The Royal Family by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman. It stars Ina Claire, Fredric March, Mary Brian, Henrietta Crosman, Arnold Korff, and Frank Conroy.

The Royal Family of Broadway
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Directed byGeorge Cukor
Cyril Gardner
Written byHerman Mankiewicz
Gertrude Purcell
Based onThe Royal Family
by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman
CinematographyGeorge J. Folsey
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 22, 1930 (1930-12-22) (U.S.)
Running time
82 min.
CountryUnited States

The film tells the story of a girl from a family of great Broadway actors who contemplates leaving show business and getting married. The characters are loosely based on the first American theatrical family, the Barrymores. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (Fredric March)[1].

A 35mm nitrate print of The Royal Family of Broadway was preserved at the UCLA Film and Television Archive in 1985. The film has not been released on DVD or Blu-Ray. Copyright is held by Universal / MCA.



  1. "The 4th Academy Awards (1931) Nominees and Winners". (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
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