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Her Majesty Love
Director: William Dieterle (Dir)
Release Date:   15 Dec 1931
Production Date:   9 Sep--mid-Oct 1931
Duration (in mins):   75-76
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Marilyn Miller (Lia Toerrek)  
    Ben Lyon (Fred von Wellingen)  
    W. C. Fields (Lia's father)  
    Leon Errol (Baron von Schwarzdorf)  
    Ford Sterling (Otmar)  
    Chester Conklin (Emil)  
    Harry Stubbs (Hanneman)  
    Clarence Wilson (Uncle Cornelius)  
    Harry Holman (Reisenfeld)  
    Ruth Hall (Factory secretary)  
    Mae Madison (Fred's sister Ellli)  
    Maude Eburne (Aunt Harriette)  
    Virginia Sale (Laura Reisenfeld)  
    William Irving (The third man)  
    Don Novis (Soloist)  
    Irving Bacon (Valet at hotel)  
    Rolfe Sedan (Deskclerk at hotel)  
    Charles Coleman (Waiter)  
    Frank Darien (Clerk at factory)  
    Eddie Kane (Patron at cabaret)  
    Bess Flowers (Patron at cabaret)  
    Gino Corrado (Deskclerk at Venetian hotel)  
    Lynn Reynolds    

Summary: Fred von Wellingen, the scion of an industrial family, falls in love with cabaret bartender Lia Toerrek. He offers to marry her if she will dance one dance with him and she agrees. When Fred's family meets Lia and her father, however, they are scandalized by her job and her lower-class background. Determined to prevent the marriage, the family offers Fred a new contract for more money and an important title if he breaks his engagement. He reluctantly agrees but cannot bring himself to tell Lia. By accident, Lia learns the truth and confronts Fred at a society dinner where they were to announce their engagement. Impressed by her defiance, the Baron von Schwarzdorf asks her to marry him. Although he has been married six times before, she agrees, not knowing what else to do. Fred tries to stop her but arrives too late to prevent the wedding. He asks her to dance with him and, as they dance, Fred tells her that now that she is a baroness, his family can no longer object to her as his wife. It seems that the baron is about to lose his seventh wife to Fred. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc. (Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.)
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: William Dieterle (Dir)
  Henry Blanke (Tech dir)
Writer: Robert Lord (Scr and dial)
  Arthur Caesar (Scr and dial)
  Joseph Jackson (Dial)
Photography: Robert Kurrle (Photog)
  Al Greene (2d cam)
  John Shepek (Asst cam)
  Ralph Ash (Asst cam)
Art Direction: Jack Okey (Art dir)
Film Editor: Ralph Dawson (Ed)
Costumes: Earl Luick (Gowns)
Music: Leo F. Forbstein (Vitaphone orch cond)
Sound: C. Dave Forrest (Sd)
Production Misc: John Ellis (Still photog)
Country: United States

Music:
Songs: "Because of You" and "Though You're Not the First One," music by Walter Jurrmann, English lyrics by Al Dubin; other songs, lyrics by Al Dubin, composer unknown.
Composer: Al Dubin
  Walter Jurrman
Source Text: Based on the German film Ihre Majestät die Liebe , written by Rudolf Bernauer and Rudolf Öesterreicher (Joe May-Film AG, 1931).
Authors: Rudolf Öesterreicher
  Rudolf Bernauer

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, inc. 2/12/1931 dd/mm/yyyy LP2671

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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: with songs
 
Subjects (Major): Class distinction
  Romance
 
Subjects (Minor): Barbers and barbershops
  Bartenders
  Berlin (Germany)
  Cabarets
  Engagements
  Fathers and daughters
  Family relationships
  Industrialists
  Jugglers and juggling
  Nobility
  Snobs and snobbishness

Note: As Var noted, there was an onscreen acknowledgement that the film was based on a play by R. Bernauer and R. Oesterreicher. This is actually a reference to the 1931 German film Ihre Majestät die Liebe , which was directed by Joe May and starred Rudolf Bernauer, Rudolf Oesterreicher and Adolf Lantz.
       According to FD , Lynn Reynolds, whose real name was Lois Montgomery, was a niece of Broadway musical star Marilyn Miller. Her Majesty Love marked the first appearance of comedian W. C. Fields in a feature-length sound film. His previous feature-films appearance was in the 1928 Paramount silent film Fools for Luck (see entry above). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   13 Sep 31   p. 4.
Film Daily   15 Oct 31   p. 8.
Film Daily   18 Oct 31   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   9 Sep 31   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   7 Oct 31   p. 6.
International Photographer   1 Jan 32   p. 34.
New York Times   26 Nov 31   p. 37.
Variety   1 Dec 31   p. 21.

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