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  • However, Catherine has a secret and breaks it off with Kelly, who moves forward

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      King Kelly of the U.S.A. was released in 1934 and actually had some entertaining moments. While it dragged here and there and was very vaudeville in spots, it still is pleasing to watch in today’s world.

      The story begins on a cruise ship and that is where we meet a number of main characters, including James Kelly, played by Guy Robertson. He’s running a theater show, only things go bad and he doesn’t know how to make things good.

      He’s responsible for a bunch of girls in the show.

      Then there’s another guy who has his own bad luck. In some crazy moment of ‘I can get away with this’, the two fellas con each other into taking over the other’s contract. Neither realizes that the other is just as bad off as he is.

      Meanwhile, Kelly is also having a shipboard romance with a woman calling herself Catherine Bell (Irene Ware). It’s your classic ‘instantly in love’ story ...

      • plot. However, Catherine has a secret and breaks it off with Kelly, who moves forward.

        Before that, though, there was an adorable cartoon sequence when he’s singing a love song to her during their dinner date. That was nice.

        Now the really fun performer to watch was Ferdinand Gottschalk as King Maxmilian of Belgardia. The King has a daughter, by the way, named Princess Tania. Care to guess who she pretended to be on the ship? No

        prizes. That one was easy.

        Back to Gottschalk, this guy was terrific. Watching him ride his bike was the first pleasure. Many others followed.

        As for Kelly and company, their contract had them being efficiency engineers for The Kingdom of Belgardia, The Home of the Mop, which is in debt. Watch for Hattie McDaniel in a quick Belgardia scene.

        Gottschalk is the king of this movie. The ending in terms of the plot is extremely weak, but this guy is a hoot.

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