The Royal Bed (1931)

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The hapless king of a small European nation must put up with a domineering queen, a daughter who wants to elope with her boyfriend, a peasant revolt and a scheming son who wants to be king ... See full summary »

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18 August 2016 | bkoganbing
| Indifferent monarch
The Royal Bed is a retitled version of one of Robert Sherwood's lesser known plays which as The Queen's Husband ran for 125 performances on Broadway in the 1928 season. Starring on Broadway as the most reluctant king was Roland Young playing the part Lowell Sherman does here.

Sherman is essentially indifferent to the role of king, he'd just as soon abdicate and let Princess Mary Astor marry her heart's desire Anthony Bushell. But Queen Nance O'Neill likes the perks of being royalty so Sherman stays.

The issue may get forced as there's revolution in the air and a most authoritarian army commander in Robert Warwick to put it down. At this point Sherman snaps out of his indolence and shows some statesmanship to set the ship of state right.

Next to work like The Petrified Forest, Abe Lincoln In Illinois and Idiot's Delight this is most second rate Robert Sherwood. But it does get its satirical points across. Watch for a nice performance from Hugh Trevor as a visiting foreign prince scheduled to marry Mary Astor and as unhappy about the prospect as she is. Another tragedy as Trevor died soon after this film was released.

There are some amusing moments. Lowell Sherman is fine in the role, but I can see how Roland Young would have fit this perfectly.

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15 January 1931



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