The Royal Family of Broadway

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The Royal Family of Broadway
Directed by George Cukor
Cyril Gardner
Written by Play:
Edna Ferber
George S. Kaufman
Herman Mankiewicz
Gertrude Purcell
Cinematography George Folsey
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates December 22, 1930 (U.S.)
Running time 82 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) is a comedy film, directed by George Cukor and Cyril Gardner, and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Gertrude Purcell from the play The Royal Family by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman.

It stars Ina Claire, Fredric March, Mary Brian, Henrietta Crosman, Arnold Korff and Frank Conroy.

The film tells the story of a girl from a family of great Broadway actors who contemplates leaving show business and getting married. The characters are loosely based on the first American theatrical family, the Barrymores.

It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (Fredric March).


  • The original Kaufman-Ferber play The Royal Family, which opened on Broadway in 1927, angered Ethel Barrymore to the point of Barrymore threatening to sue Kaufman and Ferber.
  • Fredric March had first played the role of Tony Cavendish in the Los Angeles stage production.
  • The play premiered in London in 1934 with the title Theatre Royal so that audiences wouldn't think that it was about the actual Royal Family. Laurence Olivier played Tony Cavendish, and broke his ankle during a performance when he vaulted over a banister rail.[1]
  • On September 15, 1954, a 60-minute adaptation of the play aired on the CBS Television series The Best of Broadway.
  • The play was presented on TV in 1977 under its original title, The Royal Family, with Rosemary Harris and Eva Le Gallienne, with Le Gallienne winning an Emmy for her performance. This version also played on Broadway in 1975, and is now on DVD.



  1. ^ "Olivier" by Robert Tanitch, Abbeville Press

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