If I Were King 02/18/23

KL Studio Classics

It’s a nearly perfect tale of identity swaps and royal intrigues: Ronald Colman’s voice is velvet smooth as poet-rogue Fran├žois Villon, who uses his wits when dealing with Basil Rathbone’s (very strangely played) Louis XI. The real charm comes with lady-in-waiting Frances Dee (swoon) and the peasant firebrand Ellen Drew (double swoon). And don’t forget the sophisticated, semi-satirical screenplay by Preston Sturges. This refreshing discovery comes with a commentary by Julie Kirgo. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.