Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: It’s a Universal Picture
By Candlelight | USA | 1933 | 35mm | 70 min. Director: James Whale
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Cast: Elissa Landi, Paul Lukas, Nils Asther Josef (Lukas), the dedicated butler to a womanizing prince (Asther) falls for the elegant young Marie (Landi), when they meet on a train. Assuming her to be a great lady, the manservant also allows Marie to assume that he is a nobleman of the highest rank, setting the stage for dizzying shifts in identities and social ranks. This sly pre-code comedy with a distinctly European flavor was based on an Austrian play that became a Broadway hit.