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form y His Royal Highness single work   film/TV   humour  
Adaptation of His Royal Highness George Wallace 1926 single work musical theatre
Issue Details: First known date: 1932 1932
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Tommy Dodds is an accident-prone stage manager who overnight becomes the King of Betonia. However, his uncouth Australian larrikin attitude, which sees him gambling with the footmen and decreeing that his courtiers wear roller skates, scandalises the court. When the rightful heir to the throne is discovered, Tommy is forcibly removed from the palace, at which point he wakes up from what has all been a dream.

Notes

  • The film is based on Wallace's revusical of the same name, His Royal Highness. Thring and screenwriter C.J. Dennis made only minor changes to the original stage version. One of these alterations sees Dodds, a down-and-out, accident-prone pie vendor in the stage version, become a stage manager in the film. Under Thring's direction, too, little was done to modify Wallace's stage routines for the camera, with even his make-up retaining its heavy theatrical look.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1932
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      Link: Screenplay and Copyright application (Sighted 12/05/2016)
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • This is the original screenplay included in F. W. Thring's copyright application. A photocopy of the screenplay is also held in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, The University of Queensland
      • NB: The manuscript submitted for copyright appears to be complete with a correct sequence of pages. The numbering of these pages is out of sequence, however. Page is six is followed by page 14 and continues to page 33). The numbering then begins from page 1 again and continues to the end of the screenplay (page 48).

      Holdings

      Held at: National Archives of Australia National Archives Library
      Local Id: Crs A1336/1 item 22828

Works about this Work

'His Royal Highness' Clay Djubal , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Variety Theatre Archive : Popular Culture Entertainment: 1850-1930
His Royal Highness Fiona Trigg , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: World Film Locations : Melbourne 2012; (p. 14-15)
y Directory of World Cinema : Australia and New Zealand Ben Goldsmith (editor), Geoff Lealand (editor), Bristol : Intellect , 2010 8381183 2010 single work criticism

This addition to Intellect’s Directory of World Cinema series turns the spotlight on Australia and New Zealand, offering an in-depth and exciting look at the cinema produced in these two countries since the turn of the twentieth century. Though the two nations share considerable cultural and economic connections, their film industries remain distinct, marked by differences of scale, level of government involvement and funding, and relations with other countries and national cinemas. The volume includes essays

about prominent genres and themes, profiles of directors, and comprehensive reviews of significant titles, this user-friendly guide explores the diversity and distinctiveness of films from both countries.

'His Royal Highness' 1932 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Courier , 30 September 1932; (p. 20)

— Review of His Royal Highness George Wallace C. J. Dennis 1932 single work film/TV
A preview of the world premiere.
Regent Theatre 1932 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 1 October 1932; (p. 15)

— Review of His Royal Highness George Wallace C. J. Dennis 1932 single work film/TV
Regent Theatre 1932 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Courier , 3 October 1932; (p. 15)

— Review of His Royal Highness George Wallace C. J. Dennis 1932 single work film/TV
Picture Theatres: Hoyts de Luxe - 'His Royal Highness' 1932 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 October 1932; (p. 8)

— Review of His Royal Highness George Wallace C. J. Dennis 1932 single work film/TV
'His Royal Highness' 1932 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Courier , 30 September 1932; (p. 20)

— Review of His Royal Highness George Wallace C. J. Dennis 1932 single work film/TV
A preview of the world premiere.
Regent Theatre 1932 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 1 October 1932; (p. 15)

— Review of His Royal Highness George Wallace C. J. Dennis 1932 single work film/TV
Regent Theatre 1932 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Courier , 3 October 1932; (p. 15)

— Review of His Royal Highness George Wallace C. J. Dennis 1932 single work film/TV
Picture Theatres: Hoyts de Luxe - 'His Royal Highness' 1932 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 October 1932; (p. 8)

— Review of His Royal Highness George Wallace C. J. Dennis 1932 single work film/TV
His Royal Highness Fiona Trigg , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: World Film Locations : Melbourne 2012; (p. 14-15)
'His Royal Highness' Clay Djubal , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Variety Theatre Archive : Popular Culture Entertainment: 1850-1930
y Directory of World Cinema : Australia and New Zealand Ben Goldsmith (editor), Geoff Lealand (editor), Bristol : Intellect , 2010 8381183 2010 single work criticism

This addition to Intellect’s Directory of World Cinema series turns the spotlight on Australia and New Zealand, offering an in-depth and exciting look at the cinema produced in these two countries since the turn of the twentieth century. Though the two nations share considerable cultural and economic connections, their film industries remain distinct, marked by differences of scale, level of government involvement and funding, and relations with other countries and national cinemas. The volume includes essays

about prominent genres and themes, profiles of directors, and comprehensive reviews of significant titles, this user-friendly guide explores the diversity and distinctiveness of films from both countries.

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