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Submitted by John V Watson
17 September 1931
My Friend, the King
Fox. American (U.). F.T. Featuring Jerry Verno. 4,243 feet. Release date not fixed.
Burlesque "Ruritanina" melodrama, which, after a slow start, gets going quite well and fully exploits the star's Cockney humour. It is popular material and has very good pictorial value.
Story. - Jim, a taxicab driver, finds himself involved in a plot to abduct the youthful King of a Ruritanian country. He gets wise to the trend of events and is finally instrumental in defeating the villainous Republicans.
Acting. - Jerry Verno continues his career as a taxi-driver in his own breezy style. He could have had better material, but he certainly makes the most of what he has got.
The supporting cast is very good
Production. - Michael Powell presents his burlesque very well, with the maximum of movement and pictorial development.
The humour is not subtle, but it has a distinctly popular flavour and will undoubtedly appeal to the masses.
A car chase is well put over.
Settings and Photography. - Well photographed English countryside settings. Camera work is ingenious and helpful to development generally.
Points of Appeal. - The Cockney comedian, who is rapidly coming to the forefront, the ripe, popular humour, and the ingenious presentation.
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