Le Roi Des Palaces (1932)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France, Hungary  |  
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The French-language title of this Hungarian-made comedy is a bit misleading, unless one understands its irony. The "palaces" referred to are actually hotels, and the "prince of hotels" is hall porter Claude (Jules Berry). Despite his apparently lowly position, Claude genially reigns over the rest of the domestics, and occasionally offers romantic advice to the more confused hotel guests. As far as his own love life is concerned, Claude is "that way" about an American heiress (Betty Stockfield), though she prefers the company of the rakish King of Poldavia (Albert Dranem). Meanwhile, chambermaid Victoire (Simone Simon), harboring a seemingly hopeless love for Claude, takes up with the heiress's ex-beau, golf champion Teddy Smith (Alexander D'Arcy). It takes a heap of plot twists before Claude and Victoire end up in each other's arms at "The End" time.