- Actors: Anna Neagle, Errol Flynn, Patrice Wymore, Martita Hunt, Finlay Currie
- Directors: Herbert Wilcox
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Network
- DVD Release Date: 21 April 2014
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00I04OS4W
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
King's Rhapsody [DVD]
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Adapting Ivor Novello's long-running musical play for the big screen, this enchanting Ruritanian romance marked the second pairing of Errol Flynn and British film heroine Anna Neagle under the direction of Herbert Wilcox.
Blending sumptuous pageantry and richly varied music and choreography, King's Rhapsody echoed the abdication crises that enthralled pre-War Europe, with Flynn starring as the prince who falls for a commoner (Neagle), and his wife Patrice Wymore as the princess whom he is finally persuaded to marry. The film is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
For some years, Richard, carefree heir to the throne of Laurentia, has been contentedly living in exile with his love, Marta Karillos. On the death of his father, however, the Queen Mother persuades him to return to Laurentia to claim the throne, and accept marriage to Princess Cristiane of Norseland - the 'Snow Princess'...
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Only Anna Neagle is impressive, and even then her singing scenes keep her in longshot & often with her back to the camera, so I guess she was being dubbed.
There are hardly any songs anyway - even "Fly Home Little Heart" (one of Novello's loveliest) has been cut out and features only briefly in the underscoring.
The story is feeble "Mills & Boone" stuff, staged & acted with little enthusiasm from the cast. Errol Flynn looks ill & hungover throughout, his hyperactive bride (in real life & in the film) is simply annoying, and real troupers Martita Hunt & Finlay Currie look as though they're wondering what's happened to their careers since they last were an on-screen item (David Lean's "Great Expectations"!
I STRAINED myself to enjoy this movie for that sake – but simply couldn’t; the picture quality is blurry, and the sound is absolutely APPALLING! Lots of furriness and VERY unclear... (even with headphones) Nothing could have been more important for a Musical than a re-master of the soundtrack which this has clearly not had... At times the picture looks as if it’s been cleaned up a bit in places, but I am guessing not, and has merely survived reasonably, but it’s not as good as it could be.
The performances were absolute DIRE to say the least! Part of this was due to the main actors being well and truly passed their best... Errol Flynn (who, despite his popular sex appeal for so many never did anything for me) had lost any looks he may have had; his performance also lacked enthusiasm and energy. (he even handles the baby on the balcony like the toy doll it was!) Anna Neagle I suspect was detracted and ‘deflated’ somewhat by this which clearly affected her performance. There were SO many more attractive and handsome men at that time that could have played this part and gave it more dynamite – can’t think why they chose Flynn... Both leads were the best portion of fifty years old when they made this – what were they thinking!?? Similarly, in ‘The Dancing Years’ (see my review for that title) Mary Ellis once told me herself that she had been replaced in the screen version of that movie for this very reason – yet she was still marvellous, and so what went wrong here?
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