Reserved for Ladies (1932)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Adapted from the Ernest Vajda novel The Head Waiter, Service for Ladies stars Leslie Howard as Max Tracey, premiere waiter of a luxurious London hotel. Falling in love with the aristocratic Sylvia Robertson (Elizabeth Allen), Max poses as a European prince, enlisting the aid of an amiable Ruritanian monarch (Lawrence Grossmith) who owes him a favor. When Sylvia finds out the truth, she is both shocked and appalled, but all is patched up when her own father (Morton Selten) reveals that he himself was once a lowly hotel dishwasher. Previously filmed in 1927 with Adolphe Menjou, Service for Ladies was released in the U.S. as Reserved for Ladies. Merle Oberon, later a star in her own right as well as the wife of director Alexander Korda, shows up in a bit role.

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