You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Vagabond King

This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King.

Cast:
Dennis King Jeanette MacDonald O.P. Heggie Lillian Roth Warner Oland

This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King.

Musically, only the one number, ‘Song of the Vagabonds’, stands out. Vagabond King, as an operetta, retards itself as a melodrama. Touches of grim realism are sapped of their power by girls in tights as pages in the royal court and dwarfs turning cartwheels.

At least one case of miscasting is also a handicap. Lillian Roth has neither the necessary age nor emotional maturity to play the passionate Huguette.

Despite its weaknesses, Vagabond King is always interesting. It’s a treat for the optics with some of the color effects of arresting beauty. Jeanette MacDonald’s performance supplies the requisite aroma of glamor.

1929/30: Nomination: Best Art Direction

The Vagabond King

Production: Paramount. Director Ludwig Berger; Screenplay Herman J. Mankiewicz; Camera Henry Gerrard; Editor Merrill White; Music Rudolph Friml; Art Director Hans Dreier

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Dennis King Jeanette MacDonald O.P. Heggie Lillian Roth Warner Oland

More Film

  • Vivien Leigh

    Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From 'Feud: Betty and Joan' Writers (EXCLUSIVE)

    This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King. Musically, only the one number, ‘Song of the […]

  • Bill Nighy

    Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy 'Made in Italy'

    This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King. Musically, only the one number, ‘Song of the […]

  • Busan: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing

    Busan: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing Motherhood and Filmmaking

    This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King. Musically, only the one number, ‘Song of the […]

  • VidAngel logo

    VidAngel Declares Bankruptcy to Put Copyright Fight on Hold

    This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King. Musically, only the one number, ‘Song of the […]

  • Morgan Freeman Colin Powell

    Morgan Freeman to Play Colin Powell in Biopic

    This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King. Musically, only the one number, ‘Song of the […]

  • Channing Tatum

    Channing Tatum Pulls Sexual Abuse Movie, Cutting Ties With Weinstein Company

    This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King. Musically, only the one number, ‘Song of the […]

  • DSCF3404.raf

    Los Angeles Feature Film Production Increases 7.6% in Third Quarter

    This ornate operetta, a pageant of bright fabrics, big sets and milling mobs, is founded upon If I Were King, a story [by Justin Huntly McCarthy] which has been done three or four times earlier in pictures. Protagonist this time of Francois Villon is Englishman Dennis King. Musically, only the one number, ‘Song of the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content