King in Shadow (1956)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

Set in the late 1700s, this grim Danish psychological drama chronicles the mental breakdown of Sweden's young monarch amidst the intrigue and treachery. The king ascended his throne at age 19. His stepmother, the queen, objects and schemes to have him replaced by her natural son. Her plan is to have the depressive king declared mentally incompetent to rule by a noted specialist. Unfortunately, the doctor offers an honest diagnosis and the king keeps his throne. The doctor begins treating him and soon the king's melancholia abates and he begins ruling properly. He rewards the physician by naming him Prime Minister and his closest confidant. Unfortunately, problems arise when the new minister finds himself unable to resist the charms of the king's British wife.



accusation, appointment, aristocracy, bishop, brain, castle, court [law], craziness, death, death-penalty, depression, disturbance, doctor/nurse, espionage, ethics, evil, exile, extramarital-affair, fortune [wealth], history, innocence, king, knowledge, love, lover, maniac, mental-illness, monarch, mother, patient [medical], politician, Prime-Minister, protester, psychiatry, psychotherapy, queen [royalty], reconciliation, regime, release, reward, royalty, stepmother, Sweden, sweetheart, transformation, unfit, wife, youth