Starring Carl Brisson, Mary Ellis, Edward Everett Horton, Katherine
DeMille, Eugene Pallette, Jane Wyman
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Runtime: 87 min.
Print Quality: B
Paramount Pictures decided in 1935 to create a new romantic team, thus
cast singing stars Carl Brisson and Mary Ellis in the frothy operetta All the
King's Horses. Brisson does the "Prisoner of Zenda" bit as a movie star
who is forced by circumstances to impersonate a look-alike king. Ms. Ellis
is the highborn lady who seems to be fooled by the ruse. The plots roll
merrily onward while various and sundry musical-comedy character
actors (including Edward Everett Horton and Eugene Pallette) fuss and
fume in the background. Danish singer Carl Brisson had created a minor
sensation by introducing "Cocktails for Two" in Paramount's Murder at
the Vanities (34), but the studio's attempts to turn him into a Scandinavian
Maurice Chevalier were unsuccessful.