The Royal Bed (January 15, 1931)

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Mary Astor in The Royal Bed
 

Released on January 15, 1931: Eric VIII King of Birten faces revolt from his subjects, an evil General who wants to take over, a daughter in love with the son of a plumber, and his biggest challenge . . . Queen Martha.

Directed by Lowell Sherman

The Actors: Lowell Sherman (King Eric VIII), Mary Astor (Princess Anne), Anthony Bushell (Freddie Granton), Hugh Trevor (Crow Prince William of Grec), Nance O'Neil (Queen Martha), Robert Warwick (General Northrup, Prime Minister), Gilbert Emery (Phipps), Alan Roscoe (Marquis of Birten), Frederick Burt (Doctor Fellman), J. Carrol Naish (Laker), Nancy Lee Blaine (lady in waiting), Lita Chevret (lady in waiting), Desmond Roberts (Major Blent), Mischa Auer (Grecian Ambassador), Ralph Bushman (guest at Grand Ball), Eric Mayne (guest at Grand Ball)

 

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I wouldn't let you elope alone, Anne

Some days it is really difficult to be the King. In this little European country King Eric VIII is about to have some very bad days. Yes, he is King, but his wife the Queen is a bold and bossy gal who is the boss of her husband and everyone else in the kingdom. Ahhh, but bossy Queen Martha will be off to America on a State visit, and the King will have time to play checkers in peace with his man Phipps. But before Queen Martha leaves she announces that she has arranged the marriage of Princess Anne, played by Mary Astor, to Crown Prince William of Grec. Not only that, but the Queen has arranged a contract that requires the Princess to deliver two male sons in due time. Princess Anne, of course, loves another and wants to elope with the King's secretary, the son of a plumber. She asks her lover if he would indeed elope with her once the Queen is out of the Kingdom, and he happily responds that he certainly wouldn't permit her to elope by herself. The King is sympathetic to the wishes of his daughter the Princess, but the wishes of the bossy Queen stand in the way. But the day is young, and there is more to come. As soon as the Queen leaves, the people revolt and attack the palace, and evil General Northrup, who is also the Prime Minister, wants to crush the revolt by killing all of the rebels. The General wants to not only kill all of the rebels, but he wants to become dictator of the land, deposing the King. Somehow we get past the revolution without destroying the Kingdom, but then the Queen returns and plans are made for the Royal Wedding. Yes, some days it is really difficult to be King, when everyone else wants to make the Royal decisions for you. Fortunately good King Eric VIII is not as simple-minded and powerless as everyone around him thinks. Pop a big bowl of popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the comedy.

Alan Roscoe and Robert Warwick
Alan Roscoe and Robert Warwick
Anthony Bushell and Mary Astor
Anthony Bushell and Mary Astor
Frederick Burt and J. Carrol Naish
Frederick Burt and J. Carrol Naish
Gilbert Emery as Phipps
Gilbert Emery as Phipps
Lowell Sherman and Alan Roscoe
Lowell Sherman and Alan Roscoe
Lowell Sherman and Federick Burt
Lowell Sherman and Federick Burt
Lowell Sherman and Gilbert Emory play Royal Checkers
Lowell Sherman and Gilbert Emory play Royal Checkers
Lowell Sherman and Hugh Trevor
Lowell Sherman and Hugh Trevor
Lowell Sherman and Mary Astor
Lowell Sherman and Mary Astor
Lowell Sherman and Robert Warwick
Lowell Sherman and Robert Warwick
Mary Astor and Hugh Trevor
Mary Astor and Hugh Trevor
Mary Astor and Lowell Sherman
Mary Astor and Lowell Sherman
Mary Astor and Lowell Sherman on her wedding day
Mary Astor and Lowell Sherman on her wedding day
Mary Astor and Lowell Sherman in the palace
Mary Astor and Lowell Sherman in the palace
Micha Auer as the Greek Ambassador in The Royal Bed
Micha Auer as the Greek Ambassador in The Royal Bed
Nance O'Neil and Alan Roscoe
Nance O'Neil gives Alan Roscoe last minute orders before she leaves for America
Nance O'Neil is bossy Queen Martha in The Royal Bed
Nance O'Neil is bossy Queen Martha in The Royal Bed
Nance O'Neil in The Royal Bed
Nance O'Neil in The Royal Bed
Nance O'Neil
Nance O'Neil
Robert Warwick as General Northrup
Robert Warwick as General Northrup