DirectorTom Walls Music directorJack Beaver Duration CountryUnited Kingdom
WriterMarjorie Gaffney, Ben Travers Release date27 November 1934 (London) (UK) CastTom Walls (Richard Dexter), Yvonne Arnaud (Queen of Ardenberg), Leon M. Lion (Dittling), Anne Grey (Lydia), Hugh Wakefield (King), Marie Lohr (Lady Brockley) Similar moviesDishonour Bright (1936), Service for Ladies (1932), Reveille with Beverly (1943), The Crimson Circle (1940), Fright Night (1947)
Lady in danger 1934
Lady in Danger is a 1934 British comedy thriller film directed by Tom Walls and starring Walls, Yvonne Arnaud and Anne Grey. The screenplay was by Ben Travers.
In the mythical European country of Ardenberg, General Dittling (Leon M. Lion) stages a military coup. His supporters believe that he will set up a republic but it is actually his desire to restore the monarchy. Therefore, he persuades British businessman Richard Dexter (Tom Walls) to escort the Queen (Yvonne Arnaud) to the safety of England. Once there his relations with the Queen are farcically misconstrued, when his fiancée Lydia (Anne Gray) arrives unannounced. After many adventures, the King (Hugh Wakefield), who has fled to Paris, is reunited with his wife.
Tom Walls - Richard Dexter
Yvonne Arnaud - Queen of Ardenberg
Anne Grey - Lydia
Leon M. Lion - Dittling
Hugh Wakefield - King
Marie Lohr - Lady Brockley
Alfred Drayton - Quill
Leonora Corbett - Marcelle
O.B. Clarence -Nelson
Cecil Parker - Piker
Harold Warrender - Clive
Hubert Harben - Matterby
Charles Lefeaux - Hotel Manager
Dorothy Galbraith - Mrs. Quill
Jane Cornell - Shop Assistant
Mervyn Johns - Reporter
TV Guide described the film as "a vague comedy that refuses to commit itself to a romance between the leads" ; while Allmovie called it an "airy comedy-melodrama...the farcical possibilities of Lady in Danger are played to the hilt, and the rest is good semi-clean fun."
Life imitates art
Lady in Danger was released in 1934, two years before the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. However, there are some intriguing parallels between the movie and the later civil war, particularly the similarities between the fictional General Dittling and the real-life Generalissimo Francisco Franco. During the war, Franco was part of the Spanish Confederation of Autonomous Right-wing Groups. He later became the dictatorial ruler of Spain. In 1969, in a surprise move, the monarchist-leaning Franco designated Prince Juan Carlos de Borbón as his successor. When Franco died in 1975, he was indeed succeeded by the prince as King Juan Carlos I.