The King Steps Out
|The King Steps Out|
|Directed by||Josef von Sternberg|
|Written by||Sidney Buchman|
|Edited by||Viola Lawrence|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The King Steps Out is a 1936 American light comedy film directed by Josef von Sternberg based on the early years of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi" or "Sissi", and her courtship and marriage to Franz Joseph I of Austria, after he was initially engaged to her older sister Duchess Helene in Bavaria.
The script was written by Sidney Buchman, based on a theatre play called Sissys Brautfahrt by Ernst Décsey and Robert Weil aka Gustav Holm. Columbia Pictures bought the rights from Ernst Marischka in order to make the movie. The lyrics for the music were by Dorothy Fields and the music by Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler. Cinematography was by Lucien Ballard and the editing by Viola Lawrence. Costume design was by the Austrian Ernst Deutsch-Dryden.
Future Broadway dancer Gwen Verdon made her movie debut doing a ballet solo at age 11, but was uncredited.
- Grace Moore as Princess Elizabeth
- Franchot Tone as Emperor Franz Josef
- Walter Connolly as Duke of Bavaria
- Raymond Walburn as Colonel von Kempen
- Elisabeth Risdon as Archduchess Sophie
- Nana Bryant as Princess Louise
- Victor Jory as Captain Palffy
- Frieda Inescort as Princess Helena
- Thurston Hall as Major
- Herman Bing as Pretzelberger
- George Hassell as Herlicka
- Johnny Arthur as Chief of the Secret Police
- E.E. Clive as Tutor (uncredited)
- Gwen Verdon as Specialty Ballerina (uncredited)
- Nugent, Frank S. (May 29, 1936). "Grace Moore's First Operetta, 'The King Steps Out,' Opens at the Music Hall -- 'Florida Special' at the Rialto". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
- Baxter, John (2010). Von Sternberg. University Press of Kentucky p. 198. ISBN 978-0-8131-3994-4.
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