My Pal the King


1h 14m 1932

Brief Synopsis

The King of a small European country, just a boy, takes an interest in Tom Reed's wild west show. Tom puts on a special show just for the King and the two become friends. When the King takes Tom's advise instead of the Count's, the Count has the King kidnaped planning to kill him. When Tom learns of the Kings disappearance he and his troop of men, without any real bullets for their guns, ride off to rescue him.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 4, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 14m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Tom Reed brings his famous rodeo show to the kingdom of Alvonia, where ten-year-old King Charles V becomes more interested in the show than the new tax bill. After a talk with his new buddy Tom, Charles is inspired to treat his populace honestly. This new plan does not fit in with Count De Mar's plans, because until now, he has been running the country and intends to levy enormous taxes on the populace. Charles tears up the new tax bill, engendering Count De Mar's hatred. The count plots with the Dowager Queen and has the king and his tutor, Lorenz, kidnapped. He locks them in a dungeon, advising Lorenz to kill Charles and then commit suicide. Charles' aunt, Princess Elsa, tells Tom that Charles is missing, and Tom tracks him down to the fortress where he is being held prisoner. After a fight between the cowboys and the count's men, the count drowns in a water-filled dungeon. Tom then rescues Lorenz and Charles, who promises not to forget about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 4, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 14m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

The synopsis in the copyright records refers to James Kirkwood's character as "Count Schwartz." According to a Daily Variety news item, assistant director Phillip Karlstein testified at a National Labor Relations Board investigation in 1938 that he was assigned to direct the last three or four days of this film after director Kurt Neumann was taken off the picture; the investigation was concerned with the question of whether assistant directors were ever called on to direct scenes.