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Fit for a King (September 1, 1937)

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Joe E. Brown in Fit for a King
 

Released on September 1, 1937: (running time 1 hour and 12 minutes) Two rival newspaper reporters try to get the big story about an assassination attempt on the Royal Family of a small European nation.

Produced by David L. Loew

Directed by Edward Sedgwick

The Actors: Joe E. Brown (Virgil, Ambrose Jeremiah Christoper 'Scoop' Jones), Helen Mack (Jane Hamilton), Paul Kelly (Briggs, newspaper reporter for the competition), Harry Davenport (Archduke Julio), Halliwell Hobbes (Count Strunsky), John Qualen (Otto, the bicycle man), Donald Briggs (Prince Michael), Frank Reicher (Kurtz), Russell Hicks (Editor Hardwick), Charles Trowbridge (Mr. Marshall, Paris office of the New York Blade newspaper), John Graham Spacey (the Constable), Dorothy Appleby (maid), Johnny Arthur (plotter), Barbara Barondess (reception guest), Eugene Borden (Gendarme), Shirley Chambers (coffee shop waitress), Ann Codee (telephone operator), Harry Cording (thug), Jean De Briac (Gendarme), James Flavin (ship's officer), Elsa Janssen (maid), Edward Keane (reception guest), P.J. Kelly (ship's steward), Charles Lane (Spears), William H. O'Brien (waiter), Pat O'Malley (ship's officer), Doris Rankin (reception guest), Georges Renavent (Paul, Paris newspaper man), Charles Richman (reception guest), Jack Rutherford (ship's officer), Josef Swickard (sanitarium director), Zeffie Tilbury (Duchess Louise at the reception)

 

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The Princess, the Newspaper Reporters, and the Killers

Paul Michael Kelly was born in Brooklyn, New York, and soon after his birth, his father died, leaving his mother with ten children to manage. The family owned a saloon around the corner from the Vitagraph Studios, and the new motion picture studio would often borrow furniture from the saloon for a movie. For a 1911 silent movie, the studio borrowed young Paul, and his movie career was soon on the rise, bringing him fame and fortune, until the day he killed one of his best friends.

Paul Kelly had a long friendship with actress Dorothy Mackaye and her husband Ray Raymond. After working on Broadway and in silent movies, they all wound up in Hollywood. Unfortunately, Dorothy’s husband seems to have been angry and violent with Dorothy when drunk, and he was often drunk. On April 16, 1927, Paul and her husband had a major fist fight over Dorothy, and her husband was beat up enough to require hospitalization, and he died a few days later.

Paul was sentenced to one-to-ten years in prison for manslaughter, and Dorothy was convicted as an accomplice and served ten months in prison. Paul was released on probation after two years. A couple of years into Paul’s parole, he was permitted to marry Dorothy, but after several happy years, she died in a car accident. Shortly after his parole, Paul was again acting on Broadway, and soon was back in the movies, usually in small parts and usually as the tough guy.

In this comedy, Paul Kelly is a newspaper reporter who is trying to get the story of an attempted assassination before our hero can get it.  Joe E. Brown is a happy cub reporter who seems to be always a dollar short and ten minutes late for whatever is happening. The Archduke of a small European nation survives the assassination attempts in New York City, and is headed back to Europe on a steamship. Paul Kelly and Joe E. Brown will also travel to Europe on that steamship and try to discover who is trying to kill the Archduke.  Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Helen Mack and Joe E. Brown
Helen Mack and Joe E. Brown
Helen Mack as Princess Helen
Helen Mack as Princess Helen
Charles Lane
Charles Lane
Charles Trowbridge
Charles Trowbridge
Charles Trowbridge
Charles Trowbridge
Halliwell Hobbes
Halliwell Hobbes
Halliwell Hobbes and Harry Davenport
Halliwell Hobbes and Harry Davenport
Halliwell Hobbes, Helen Mack, Harry Davenport
Halliwell Hobbes, Helen Mack, Harry Davenport
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
Helen Mack and Halliwell Hobbes
Helen Mack and Halliwell Hobbes
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown and Elsa Janssen
Joe E. Brown and Elsa Janssen
Joe E. Brown and John Qualen
Joe E. Brown and John Qualen
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown
Shirley Chambers and Joe E. Brown
Shirley Chambers and Joe E. Brown
Paul Kelly an Joe E. Brown
Paul Kelly an Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown
John Qualen
John Qualen
P.J. Kelly
P.J. Kelly
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly and Joe E. Brown
Paul Kelly and Joe E. Brown
Paul Kelly and P.J. Kelly
Paul Kelly and P.J. Kelly
Robert Warwick
Robert Warwick
Robert Warwick an Joe E. Brown
Robert Warwick an Joe E. Brown
Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks and Joe E. Brown
Russell Hicks and Joe E. Brown
Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks
Shirley Chambers
Shirley Chambers