His Royal Highness (August 26, 1932)
Released on August 26, 1932: A silly-witted fellow in Australia dreams that he is the King of Betonia.
Produced by F.W. Thring
Directed by F.W. Thring
Written by C.J. Dennis and George Wallace
The Actors: George Wallace (Tommy Dodds and King of Betonia), Byrl Walkley (Yoiben), Frank Tarrant (Hozzan), Donalda Warne (Barbette), Lou Vernon (Torano), Marshall Crosby (Lord Alfam), John Fernside (Giusepp), John Dobbie (Jim), Nell Taylor (Molly), Mona Barrie (unknown), Clem Milton (Prime Minister Jacko), Cyril Scott (unknown), Edwin Brett (unknown), Field Fisher (unknown), Bill Innes (unknown), Darcy Kelway (unknown), Billy Maloney (unknown), Nellie Mortyne (unknown), Charles O'Mara (unknown), William Ralston (unknown), Norman Shepherd (unknown), Dan Thomas (unknown)
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The King is Dead, Long Live the King
This movie is the first musical talking motion picture produced in Australia. It was written by and stars Australia’s most famous Vaudeville comedian George Wallace.
It is said that George Wallace was born in a frigid tent during the coldest part of winter in New South Wales. He was fed hot porridge to help keep him warm, and the hot porridge burned his vocal chords, resulting in his rough, distinctive voice.
In 1922 he wrote and starred in a stage version of this story, and it helped to make him one of the best known stage actors and Vaudeville comedians in Australia.
This movie was filmed in 1932, and it brought him to the attention of Universal Studios in Hollywood, but he turned down the opportunity to become a Hollywood actor and devoted his entire career to his fans in Australia.
As our comedy opens we meet Tommy Dodds, a fellow who cannot find work and cannot afford a pie at Giusepp’s food stand. He soon gets a job at the theater next door when a worker there is late returning from an errand.
The fellow who lost his job complains and is put to work again, but he has a grudge against Tommy and slugs Tommy on the head with a big chunk of iron.
While Tommy is out cold he dreams . . . He dreams that he is the long-lost heir to the throne of Betonia, a small nation located somewhere on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy a slice of history from Australia.
Byrl Walkley, George Wallace and Marshall Crosby
Byrl Walkley and George Wallace
Byrl Walkley and Lou Vernon
Clem Milton, Marshall Crosby and George Wallace
Donalda Warne and Frank Tarrant and George Wallace
Donalda Warne and George Wallace
George Wallace and Nell Taylor
John Dobbie and George Wallace
Marshall Crosby and George Wallace
Nell Taylor and George Wallace