The King's Vacation (1933)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Release Date - Jan 19, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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One of George Arliss' "smaller" vehicles, The King's Vacation casts the eminent British stage star (always billed as "Mr. George Arliss") as an abdicating monarch. Seeking the simple life, he comes to America in search of the wife (Marjorie Gateson) he'd been forced to divorce years earlier in order keep his crown. Upon locating her, Arliss discovers that his ex-wife has remarried into wealth, and is now better off than he's ever been. His disillusionment complete, Arliss returns to his queen (Florence Arliss), who has likewise renounced her throne for an austere existence. Only George Arliss could get away with telling us that "poor is better" in a picture made in the middle of the Depression!

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abdication [of power], ex-wife, monarch, reconciliation