The King Steps Out

  • 1936
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Though this was not von Sternberg's usual genre, THE KING STEPS OUT is a well-made production, based on the operetta "Cissy" and loosely depicting the life of Elizabeth of Austria. Inescort is a young princess and the object of emperor Tone's affections. Moore, the poor girl's sister, saves her from an unwanted marriage by pretending to be a common dressmaker...read more

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Though this was not von Sternberg's usual genre, THE KING STEPS OUT is a well-made production, based on the operetta "Cissy" and loosely depicting the life of Elizabeth of Austria. Inescort is a young princess and the object of emperor Tone's affections. Moore, the poor girl's sister, saves

her from an unwanted marriage by pretending to be a common dressmaker and winning the royal man's heart herself. Moore is given some marvelous closeups during her songs, enhancing the film's fairy-tale feel. Songs include "The Old Refrain," "Learn How to Lose," "Stars in My Eyes," "Madly in Love,"

"Soldier's March," "What Shall Remain?" "Call to Arms" (Kreisler, Dorothy Fields). A light, gay film. Von Sternberg was ultimately displeased with his foray into opera and later asked that this not be included in a retrospective of his films.

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  • Review: Though this was not von Sternberg's usual genre, THE KING STEPS OUT is a well-made production, based on the operetta "Cissy" and loosely depicting the life of Elizabeth of Austria. Inescort is a young princess and the object of emperor Tone's affections. M… (more)

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