Prince and the Showgirl The
"Today's arrivals for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary. . .
. . .include the regent of Carpathia, His Highness the Grand Duke Charles.
He will be accompanied by the present king, his son, and the Queen Dowager.
They will be in residence at the Carpathian Embassy. . .
. . .Belgrave Square, southwest. "
You mean to say you know nothing about Carpathia whatever?
Don't even know where the place is, for a start.
How long in the Foreign Office?
15 years. But I'm in the Far Eastern Department.
That's no excuse.
What would you think if I said that I knew nothing about Siam?
Don't think I'd mind much.
-That remark will get you nowhere. -Out of this job?
Your predecessor had a riding accident and you are now in his saddle.
Attached to the suite of the Grand Duke Charles of Carpathia.
I made jolly plans for the coronation. And I don't speak a word of Carpathian.
That's all right. They're excessively proud of their English.
Now, look here, Northbrook.
A mixed German-Slav population of 111/2 millions.
The most efficient railways in the Balkans. . .
. . .and the fourth largest army in Europe.
So delicately poised is the balance of power right now. . .
. . .that the secession of this from this. . .
. . .to that. . .
. . .would make the aggressor strong enough to start his war.
I presume even in the Far Eastern Department they have some idea. . .
. . .who that aggressor would be likely to be.
Precisely. Kaiser Bill.
They should've left the station by now. Get along to their embassy.
Yes, by Jove! Here they are.
There, Northbrook. There is your future charge.
Who's the boy?
The king, of course. The regent's son. Don't you know anything?
Unhappily, the boy is pro-German. A cousin of the Kaiser.
In 18 months when he comes to power, we shall have to look out for trouble.
That's the Queen Dowager beside him.
The boy's grandmother, the regent's mother-in-law.
Quite a formidable old lady.
And there is the regent.
A character, Northbrook, definitely a character.
By the way, Grand Ducal Highness, not Serene.
And all for formalities, backing out, all that sort of thing. . .
. . .he's very touchy about that.
He's a very touchy proposition altogether. . .
. . .but a very vital one.
He must not, by one jot or one tittle, be offended.
You are the instrument chosen by fate and by me to see to that happy result.
Tonight, entertain him. The opera, whatever he wishes.
The opera? I say.
I said, Northbrook, whatever he wishes.
-Who is it? -Miss Marina, you'll be late.
-What? -Principals to meet the royal party.
Miss Springfield's lining them up now.
-My shoulder thing is busted. -Keep still.
-What party? -That Carpathian lot in the royal box.
You'll be all right, dear, only hurry.
Quickly, quickly, everyone into line. He's coming.
Quiet, everyone! Into line. He's coming.
-Who's missing? -Elsie Marina.
Can't that girl ever make an entrance on time?
Chorus, into your groups. You're to be seen, not heard.
And principals. . .
. . .you're not to speak unless directly addressed.
Should that privilege be yours, the regent is to be addressed. . .
. . .as Your Grand Ducal Highness.
May I present Miss Maisie Springfield?
I know Miss Springfield. We're old friends.
Grand Ducal Highness.
What a charming character is this coconut girl.
I'm happy to hear you say so.
It is a character that goes deeper than most in musical comedy.
Yes, indeed, quite so.
I've been anxious to find a role which offered an emotional challenge.
And most charming it is.
I began to fear we had lost the gay person I knew in Paris.
-How gracious of you, sir, to remember. -I look forward to. . . .
-And this, I take it, is our hero. -I'm most honored to meet Your. . .
. . .Grand Ducal Highness.
I trust Lord Percy will manage to extricate himself from his impasse?
Oh, yes, indeed, sir, as you'll see, I hope.
-How do you do? -Mr. Tim Thorne LeStrange.
-Gosh, what do I do? -Just take his hand and curtsy.
-What's he, a king or something? -Regent.
-What's that? -King's understudy, but he's always on.
-How do you do? -Good evening.
Miss Betty Boot.
Most charming. Delightful. Such pretty music, did you think so?
Oh, I did. Yes, sir.
It's a good play. It goes a little deeper, I think.
-Oh, yes, sir. Rather, sir. -Charming disguises.
-Mr. Dan Lipino. -Most amusing.
Miss Maggie Cooper.
Most agreeable. Such a strong and original story, don't you think?
Oh, yes, sir. We all love it.
It offers an emotional challenge, no?
Oh, yes, sir. Like anything.
-Do I say anything? -Just, "How do you do?"
-What if he says something? -Say something back. Get in line.
Mr. Arthur Lucas. Miss Fanny Trehan.
-How do you do? -Miss Elsie Marina.
And the little American friend of our heroine.
-How do you do? -How do you do, Your Regent?
-The damage, I trust, can be mended? -Oh, yes. I can fix it with a pin.
A pin. Has no one a pin? I'd be happy to assist you.
-No, Your Regency. -Charming. Most delightful.
Well, good night. Perhaps better not tempt Providence again.
Well, good night, ladies and. . . .
I'm very pleased. Really, very pleased.
So many doors. Like an audience with the Japanese emperor.
Alas, the foreign secretary awaits me.
What a shame you couldn't stay and see our lovely wedding scene.
Perhaps another visit from Your Serene Highness?
He's not Serene! He has not been serene since he was regent.
All right, he's gone. Come on, get on with it.
I'm terribly sorry for being so late.
That I'm prepared to forgive.
But not your disgracing us all in front of my dear friend the regent.
-It could happen to anyone. -It could happen to anyone.
That's what makes it so funny that it always seems to happen to you.
What did you think of him? Don't you think he's rather a dream?
-"A dream," she says. -She knows better.
If those are your wishes, they will be carried out.
If you please, Mr. Northbrook.
Miss Marina, a letter.
I say, by Jove, you look absolutely stunning!
Oh, go away.
Good evening, my lord.
-Have I too much rouge on? -For what?
-Romano's. -That's all right for pink shades.
-Private rooms? -Certainly not.
-Come on, Betty. -Who are they?
We don't know their names, dear.
Don't be late.
-They're okay. They're Life Guards. -Come on.
-We have to be in our places at 7 a.m. -Seven?
-But the procession starts at 9:30. -That's what it says in the papers.
-What is that? -The prop man gave it to me.
I'll make sure she gets there on time.
I wouldn't miss the coronation for all the guards.
I say, by Jove, you look absolutely stunning.
Good night. Don't wait for us.
Thanks, dear. Good night. So long, Else.
-What's that? -Come here.
"His Grand Ducal Highness. . .
. . .the Grand Duke Charles, Prince Regent of Carpathia. . .
. . .requests Miss Elsie Marina's company at supper this evening. . .
. . .June 21, 1911 at 12 midnight. . .
. . .at Carpathian Embassy. . .
. . .46 Belgrave Square. " Is it a joke?
"The honorable Peter Northbrook will be at the theater at 11: 15. . .
. . .to escort Miss Marina to the embassy. "
You're in, dear.
Gosh, I don't have a thing to wear.
Please, ladies, please. Time is getting short.
-This won't do. -I think this one's the best. Honest.
Who else will be at the party besides His Majesty?
-His Majesty? -Yes, that grand duke.
Oh, my dear, you quite startled me.
Miss Marina, I think before you meet the regent again. . .
. . .you should learn the correct form of address.
Otherwise there may be a few petits moments d'embarras.
I just hate that.
Your host is correctly addressed as Your Grand Ducal Highness or sir.
As a prince of Hungary before his marriage to the queen of Carpathia. . .
. . .he is correctly entitled to the appellation of lmperial and Royal.
At that time, by his own request. . .
. . .Serene Highness was continued until he became regent.
I don't know what you're talking about.
It's most important that you should.
I don't even know who you are, much less who he is.
I'm His Grand Ducal Highness's equerry and the deputy head. . .
. . .of the Far Eastern Department of the Foreign Office.
Deputy head of the Far Eastern Department. Imagine.
I still don't know anything.
I mean, Royal and lmperial. Isn't one enough?
It all goes back to the Holy Roman Empire.
The grand duke is a nephew by marriage of the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria.
No wisecracks about Austria.
I sincerely hope no wisecracks about anything.
In these troubled times the lightest remark can have bad repercussions.
I can see the history books: The War of Elsie's Remark.
How's the you-know-what?
It's wonderful over the you-know-what. You can come out.
-Well? -Very nice.
Is that all you can say?
Very nice, indeed.
Miss Marina, there is one other small point.
In conversation with royalty, only speak when you're addressed.
-What? -Wait for the cue before you speak.
Good night, Mr. Northbrook. Good night. I won't wait up.
Sure he hasn't got me mixed up with Maisie Springfield?
He's a very dear friend of hers, she tells us.
I'm quite sure of that.
Why me? I just have that bit in the second act.
That's the bit he liked.
But why me? I wonder why he wants me.
Tough question, all right.
Don't forget tomorrow morning. Must leave here sharp at 6:20.
So don't be too late. Good night.
This is the first time I've seen an embassy.
After all, there are nine embassies in London at present.
Anyway, it's the first time I've ever been. . .
. . .inside one.
This is really something.
This hallway and everything.
Personally, I find the decorations a little vulgar.
Well, all I can say is, give me vulgarity!
We needn't have hurried. We're the first ones.
-This way, Miss Marina. -Upstairs?
What's the idea, a supper party upstairs?
Well, it's quite an informal party.
But think about bringing the food from the kitchen.
I fancy it'll be a cold supper, Miss Marina.
They still have to carry it up. Is his wife going to be here?
No. Her late Majesty passed over, as they say, some 10 years ago.
-lf you should meet the Queen Dowager-- -Another one?
She is addressed as Your Majesty or ma'am.
-The young king, the regent's son-- -Oh, no.
It's unlikely that you will meet him, but he is Your Majesty or sir.
I'm shaking. This is worse than a first night.
We're still the first ones, aren't we?
Gee, this is all right too, isn't it?
-Is that the dining room in there? -No.
-Well, is it in there? -No.
-There, then? -No.
Well, where is it?
Incidentally, where is His Regency?
His Grand Ducal Highness.
All right, but where is he?
He was called away to an important meeting.
Not in front of them.
I know, but two places?
Please control yourself. There's no need for panic.
This is a plot, isn't it? Supper for two, you knew all the time!
I did have an idea when I received the grand duke's instructions--
There's a word for what you are. . .
. . .and it's not deputy head of the Far Eastern Department.
Do not leap to conclusions.
I don't have to leap to conclusions. I'm walking straight out!
Why panic over a harmless tête-à-tête supper?
I know all about harmless suppers. I've had to fight my way out of a few.
"Champagne?" and "I hope you like caviar. Something cold. . .
. . .because we don't want servants around.
It's more fun serving ourselves, don't you think?"
And then after supper, "You must be tired.
Why don't you put your feet up on this sofa?"
No, I know every move.
You're confusing this with a private room at Romano's.
What's the difference, except the longer run to the door?
A duke can run just as fast as the next man.
Oh, please, please, Miss Marina. Pas devant.
Don't give me that pas devant stuff. Make an excuse.
My aunt's ill or something.
I'm awfully sorry, really. Goodbye!
Oh, please, please, Miss Marina.
Do you want to get me and the Foreign Office in trouble?
Since you asked, yes.
You don't want to insult the grand duke. Have supper with him.
He's a most charming conversationalist.
After supper, all you have to say is, "It's been delightful, now I must go. "
That's a swell exit line.
But can you guarantee the exit? This is a Balkan grand duke.
-Educated in England. -That's what I mean.
No. Listen, please.
Miss Marina, please.
Suppose I guarantee your exit, as you call it.
Suppose after supper I come in with a message from a hospital. . .
. . .where your aunt has been taken after an accident?
Well, I don't know. No, I don't think so at all.
Why, thank you.
How do you do? So good of you to come at such short notice!
-That's all right, Your Regency. -Grand Ducal!
That's all right, Your Grand Ducal.
Highness. Grand Ducal Highness.
Oh, the hell with it.
I apologize for being late.
The crowds are gathering and my motor was held up.
-That's all right. -I suppose you're ready to rest.
-We have a full day ahead. -Indeed.
The carriage leaves for Buckingham Palace at 9:00. Be here at 8:20.
Very good, sir. Good night, Your Grand Ducal Highness.
Were you surprised to get my invitation?
I'll say I was. I was so surprised, I didn't think you meant me.
Of course I meant you.
I had your name carefully down on my program.
In matters of this kind, I'm most methodical.
Who did you think I meant, if not you?
Well, Maisie Springfield?
Oh, no! Maisie Springfield. She's quite what I would call old hat.
Oh, and am I what you call new hat?
Excellent, Miss. . . . Miss. . . .
You don't have your program handy.
-Capital. Most amusing. -Elsie Marina's my name.
How stupid of me.
That's my stage name, Elsie Marina. My dad was a Marine.
My real name is Elsie Stolzenburg.
I decided to change it when I decided to stay in England.
You see, the company I came over with from the States. . .
-. . .they got stranded in York. -In the Strand, really?
Let's all go down the Strand Have a banana
Most amusing! You like caviar, I hope?
I ordered a cold supper so we can serve ourselves. That's so much more fun.
Yes, much more fun.
-That is a charming dress. -Well, it's very old, I'm afraid.
You like vodka?
I've never tried it. I don't think--
But you must. This is very special.
Oh, no, no. Not to sip like that.
You'll make yourself, as you say, tiddly.
Like this, and then it has no dangerous effect.
No more, please.
One more will not hurt a fly.
Maybe, but you know what they say: Drunk as a fly.
That is really quite excellent.
I can see you have a witty little tongue.
Hurt a fly, drunk as a fly. I must remember that.
I really shouldn't bother Your Grand Ducal--
What is the matter?
That time I burnt my witty little tongue.
That is very sad.
I'm quite delighted you're here, Miss Marina.
-I hope you are too. -Enraptured.
Now, will you sit here?
There. Now we are to ourselves.
Good. You will forgive me if I don't join you for the minute.
I've already had dinner, and I have some business to attend to.
It turned quite warm all of a sudden, hasn't it?
I wasn't addressed.
Give me the ambassador.
Very well, then wake him.
Oh, ambassador, you were asleep? How sad.
I had an interview with the foreign secretary.
It concerned my having ordered the arrest of Wolfstein.
Sir Edward is disturbed that we have not been able. . .
. . .to think of a charge, which makes it awkward.
Yes, it was careless of me, I admit. . .
. . .but I've been busy all evening.
Yes, yes, you can speak freely. There is no one here.
Yes, that would be amusing.
What has chiefly disturbed Sir Edward. . .
. . .is the fact that these stupid Americans have protested.
Some nonsense about political freedom and democratic rights.
You know what children Americans are in matters of this kind.
Their diplomacy makes me think of the Minotaur legend reversed.
The bull chasing Theseus through the labyrinth.
A steam traction engine in Hampton Court maze!
The British will be more sensible.
They'll wait until after the trial and then protest.
But when will these crazy Americans grow up?
Yes, we will talk tomorrow. Good night.
Well, well, and how is everything?
I see you have already served yourself. How remiss of me.
Oh, I prefer it this way.
Splendid. Well, cheerio.
Mud in your eye.
What a priceless expression! Where did you learn it?
-In America. -Have you been there?
-I was born there. I am American. -Are you, indeed?
Yes, Your Grand Ducal, that's just what I am.
I must make another telephone call.
It's quite all right. I just adore my own company.
Connect me with the French ambassador.
He's still be at the reception? I'll try later.
To President Taft.
I said, to President Taft.
To President Taft.
So I wasn't addressed. Who cares?
The bull in the labyrinth.
Who the heck's Theseus anyway?
Protest? I should darn well think they would protest.
Arresting people that way.
Oh, Miss Marina, won't you have some champagne?
I don't know, Your Grand Ducal. You really think I ought?
Well, maybe just a sip.
Maybe just a teeny. . . .
You said something?
Oh, no. Just playing a little game over here all by myself.
Down the hatch.
Why was I not informed of Wolfstein's arrest?
Why was I left to learn it from the papers?
There was no need to inform you.
No need to inform the king?!
May I present Miss Elsie Marina.
Good evening. Delightful to meet you. Won't you sit down?
-By whose orders was he arrested? -By mine, of course.
He must be released immediately.
You may be a real king very soon, but for the moment. . .
. . .I'm still the ruler of Carpathia and of yourself.
Go to your room.
Go to your room at once.
Good night, Miss Marina. It has been a great pleasure.
Good night, Your Highness. Majesty.
See if the king is in his bedroom and lock him in.
Also, most important.
Put no calls through to him, inward or outward, until further notice.
Understood. Will you hold on a moment, sir?
Her Majesty has just come in and intends to say good night.
I see. Very well.
The Queen Dowager has returned from St. James' palace early.
She's coming up for a moment.
The Queen Dowager. The Queen Dowager? That's your mother?
-My mother-in-law. -That's worse.
You'll want me to hide, won't you?
Where? In there?
Do you have a closet or something?
You have a strong sense of the dramatic.
No, just sit there and calm yourself.
Before you meet her, I must warn you, she is a little vague. . .
. . .and can be very deaf on occasions.
My dear, such boredom.
The decorations hideous, the music a catastrophe.
Our friend, the ex-king of Moravia, drove me home.
He is now duke of Strelitz. He cannot go to the abbey tomorrow.
But he's most anxious that you invite him. . .
. . .to the room at the Ritz for Nicky.
My dear, give me a glass of that champagne I see over there.
Might I present Miss Elsie Marina?
Oh, yes, my dear, of course. I remember you well.
I'm quite sure you don't, Your Royal-- I mean, Your lmperial. . . .
-Your Serene Majesty. -What did she say?
She says she's deeply flattered and compliments you on your memory.
Thank you, my dear. She should use more mascara.
When one is young, use a lot of mascara.
And when one is old, use much more.
What do you do?
I'm in The Coconut Girl at the Avenue.
She's an actress.
An actress? That's very interesting.
Madame Sarah Bernhardt has acted for us.
I do not find her so good in Magda as Mademoiselle Duse. You agree, no?
You do not agree? Very interesting.
You know Lucien Guitry too?
-No, ma'am. -Only Madame Bernhardt.
You're right to be loyal to your friends.
Loyalty is a quality we do not see enough nowadays.
I must go to bed. Which uniform are you wearing tomorrow?
The morning royal guards.
Now, let me see. What color?
Oh, that's all right. We won't clash. Good night.
Tell my maids I am ready to go to bed.
You look pinched. What's the matter?
I fear I have a slight cold.
Oh, you poor thing, I am so very sorry.
I must make you one of my syrups.
So kind of you.
Always catching cold! I don't know how.
As far as I know, her life is blameless. With a face like that.
-Good night, my dear. So delightful. -Good night, ma'am.
A touch more on the cheeks too, I think.
If you make trouble between me and Madame Bernhardt, I'll be cross.
A little vague.
Doesn't she mind about you and me?
Isn't she your wife's mother?
My wife and I were married. . .
. . .to reinforce her trade agreement with Hungary.
I accepted her because the emperor told me to.
For ten years we were utterly devoted to each other. . .
. . .with never an unkind word on either side.
How could there be any question. . .
. . .of anyone minding anything in such circumstances?
Well, I find your life shocking.
-There's no love in it. -Nothing?
Oh, yes, Maisie Springfields by the dozens.
But I mean. . .
. . .real love.
-Excuse me. -Oh, no!
My dear fellow, there is no need to panic.
The new chief of police is a good man that I trust.
-Well, my dear. . . . -Well?
Wouldn't you be more comfortable on the sofa?
You could put your feet up there and rest.
No, thank you. I think I'll stay right where I am.
Just as you please.
My dear, it was so good of you to come and see me here tonight.
-You said that before. -Oh, did I?
That is a beautiful dress.
You said that before too.
What does it matter?
What are words where deeds can say so much more?
That's just terrible!
-What is it? -That performance of yours.
I fear I do not altogether understand you.
Now, don't pull the grand duke with me.
You made a pass and I turned it down, that's all.
We can still be friendly.
Say, I could use a short one.
I need it for my heart. It's beating down here.
-I'm so sorry. -It's all right. Not your fault.
If I'd known this was all that would happen. . .
. . .I wouldn't even have been nervous.
Long life to Your Grand Highness.
Better luck next time, only not with me, of course.
Say, listen, there is something to this stuff.
Are you sure there's no effect when you drink it that way?
After three of them, you might experience a certain euphoria.
I think you have had enough.
I think so too.
Want to know why I was so nervous tonight?
I thought I'd have a real struggle with myself.
I thought. . . .
I would have won it. I always do.
But I thought this time he's a Hungarian prince. . .
. . .and a grand ducal. . .
. . .well, with fire and passion.
And I thought if anybody knows about this love stuff, this guy will.
I even thought. . . .
I even thought that you'd have. . .
. . .Gypsy violins playing somewhere outside. . .
. . .and that the lights would be dimmed low.
And there would be strange seductive perfume in the air.
Well, put it all together, I thought:
"Sister, you better watch your step.
You'd just better watch out. "
Do they all fall as easily as that, those Maisies and all those others?
Before your insults grow too great to be borne. . .
. . .I'm ringing for your motor.
Oh, no, don't do that.
I don't want you to get your car out again.
I live way out in Brixton. I can just walk.
You will go in the motor.
Okay, if you insist. I'll just get my wrap.
Pretty good, huh?
Why am I deserted? Why is there no one to answer the bell?
Your Grand Ducal Highness ordered the attendants moved from the door.
See that the motor is here. . .
. . .and have Miss Marina escorted to a place called Brixton.
As Your Grand Ducal Highness commands.
Why was this room not perfumed?
Why were the lights not turned down to give a romantic effect?
Your Grand Ducal Highness gave no such command.
Am I to think of everything? Have I not enough on my mind?
What are you doing?
You would lock the stable door after the horse has bolted?
If Your Grand Ducal Highness wishes the stable door locked, the coachman--
Dummkopf!. Do you not know the English idiomatic phrase. . .
. . .that it is foolish to lock the stable door after the horse has. . . .
But has it?
Give that to me.
Wait. One of my personal servants plays the violin. Which is that?
I think it is Franz, one of the under-valets.
-Does he play well? -I'm tone-deaf.
-Where is he? -In bed.
Fetch him! I want him to play his confounded fiddle outside this door.
But don't let him begin until I ring.
Oh, hasn't the car gotten here yet?
Ah, the little bird, so anxious to return to her nest.
Well, this is my exit, I guess.
Please, this is not quite yet goodbye.
Give me one minute to tell you. . .
. . .how deeply distressed I feel at what has happened here.
I'm the one who should be sorry.
Let me try to explain what is in my mind at the moment.
Won't you sit down just for a second?
I don't want to keep those drivers up.
They are used to waiting. It is simply this, my dear.
I realize that all you have said about my life is true.
It is quite without love.
And I'm growing into middle age.
-Oh, no! -Almost into middle age.
Hey, I didn't ask for that!
Here am I, having reached the age of 40--
And I have never known what it is to love or be loved.
It is like the legend of the sleeping princess.
Only here, it's the prince who sleeps and awaits the kiss. . .
. . .of the beautiful young maiden that will bring him back to life.
You want me to kiss you?
You are so literal. It is love that I need.
The ennobling love of a pure young woman.
Her bright faith in me as I am and as I might yet be.
Her self-sacrifice to my little weaknesses and desires.
For love is sacrifice, is it not?
There is the mystic kiss. . .
. . .which might bring this sleeping prince to life.
I got you.
Do you know what your hair reminds me of?
Summer corn kissed by the winds. . .
. . .into enchantingly exciting furrows.
-Where's that music coming from? -Music?
One of my servants, a Hungarian, always plays at this hour.
He is lamenting his lost love.
Isn't life awful?
Go back to my eyes.
Twin pools of gladness and joy. . .
. . .in which a man would be happy to drown himself.
In both of them?
Oh, I like that. "Twin pools. " Go on.
You skipped my nose because you noticed the bump on the end?
Oh, no, no, no.
I left it out because there is nothing to say of perfection.
Oh, that's nice.
Back to my chin.
This is what I think of your chin.
Oh, my darling.
Oh, that poor Hungarian!
I hope he gets his love back.
Don't think of his love. Think of ours, my darling.
Think of our love and the beauty of our meeting here.
You like my hair? Every hair I have is yours.
You use the wrong stuff on it though.
-What do you use? -A little pomade.
That's where you're wrong. You should use--
What's the name of it?
I know! Pinaud's Lilac.
I was asking you, my darling, to remember our love.
You have pretty eyebrows.
Love! What a universe of joy and pain lies in that little word.
-Forgive me for this intrusion. -Intolerable!
With respect, my message is so important, I had no choice.
-Revolution? -No, sir.
Miss Marina's aunt has been in an accident.
The hospital is calling for her most urgently.
Oh, go away, you silly man!
Miss Marina, your aunt. You realize how serious her condition is?
It's her own fault.
She has no right to be out this time of night. She's 93.
Miss Marina asked you to go. I command you to go.
I'm seriously displeased at this breach of etiquette. . .
. . .and shall no doubt express my displeasure in certain course.
I got a solemn word of warning for you.
What is that, my beloved?
You know what's going to happen?
I'm gonna fall in love with you.
Because I always, always do.
So you better watch out.
You better watch out.
Oh, what pretty cherubs on the ceiling.
Good night, my darling.
See you in the morning.
Stop that infernal din! How do you expect a man get any sleep?
-Good morning. -Good morning, sir.
My father has sent for me. Should I go in?
Perhaps better not.
I understand his valets are having trouble with his shaving.
Promising weather for the coronation, don't you think?
A pity you can't go into the abbey, but protocol forbids it.
I understand you'll watch the procession from the Ritz.
You should have an exceptional view.
Who is accompanying Your Majesty?
The Duke of Strelitz and, of course, my jailer.
-Colonel Hoffman. -Is that you, Nicky?
Good morning, Nicky.
I've been thinking things over.
It's better you not have Strelitz with you this morning.
I do not want to be alone with Hoffman!
Strelitz is my cousin. I have not seen him since his abdication.
I know you're fond of him, but--
Dummkopf!. Am I to go to the coronation looking like a sliced tomato?
Nicky, when in England we speak only English.
You are merely sulking because of Wolfstein's arrest.
The issue is too important for sulking.
What has happened in my country since last night?
The riots are still continuing.
They appear to be well-organized.
I have had no option but to order certain further arrests.
I have the list here, I think.
No friends of yours there, I hope.
I am not allowed to have politicians for friends, you know that.
Thank you so much, Mr. Northbrook.
I wonder who it is I have left off this list.
There was a name he was looking for and relieved to find not there.
Do I see what I saw?
I fear so, sir. Yes.
Why has she not been got rid of?
I understand her sleep was heavy and resistant to shaking.
She cannot be seen here at this hour. She will make a scandal!
Suppose the queen sees her like that?
Her sense of comme il faut....
She has as much sense of comme il faut as a rhinoceros.
Do I gather the evening was not an entirely happy one?
This British understatement of yours, I begin to find irritating.
-It was an unqualified nightmare. -I'm so sorry.
I have only one evening in London.
One single evening to arrange for myself relaxation. And what happens?
Out of the whole of this vast, teeming city. . .
. . .teeming with beautiful, intelligent women. . .
. . .you find me a little American ninnycompoop.
With respect, sir, either ninny or nincompoop.
Ninnycompoop will serve. She fully deserves a new word.
The mind of a backward child, the muscles of a boxer. . .
. . .an approach to life of such stomach-turning sentimentality. . .
. . .that I found myself last night uttering phrases. . .
. . .which had they been overheard would make me the laughingstock of Europe.
To crown it all, she's rendered insensible by an amount of vodka. . .
. . .which in Carpathia you would add to the morning milk. . .
. . .of a 4-year-old child as a mild tonic.
To think how overjoyed Lucy Sunningdale would have been. . .
. . .if I had asked her to have a little supper with me.
I have to remind you, I think I heard you remark. . .
. . .that you found Lady Sunningdale old hat.
I have no doubt at all that I did.
Nevertheless, there is an old Russian saying:
"Better an old hat than a bare head. "
Telephone Lady Sunningdale and ask her to join me for supper.
But, sir, the coronation ball?
I shall make a token appearance and leave in good time. About 12:30.
But coronation night, she may have an engagement.
She will break it.
That's his room in there, isn't it?
I've just got to say good morning.
-Who is that? -Guess who?
Good morning. Oh, you poor darling! You've cut yourself.
-It is nothing. -But you still look lovely to me.
-What's the matter? -Someone might come in.
This is Times Square. I found out last night, but who cares?
But this is the morning. It's different.
What's different about it? Unless it's you.
I assure you, I'm exactly the same person.
You're not acting the same.
But this is the morning.
You keep saying that. I remember last night you kept repeating yourself.
Tell me, my darling grand duke. . .
. . .is it only late at night that you're such a lonely person. . .
. . .you feel the need to share your life with a pure woman. . .
. . .whose bright faith, ennobling love. . . .
Certain phrases should never be quoted out of context.
I don't know what that means. Yes, I do.
It means it's the morning.
Anyway, to me it's still dream time.
This coronation day, 1911. . .
. . .I woke up to find myself madly in love with you.
I'm overwhelmed, but alas, I feel it my duty to explain--
Don't make another long speech.
Although some last night made more sense than you know.
You do need more love in your life.
I never met anyone who needed it more.
So now you've got it, good luck to you.
-Is that all you can say? -My dear, of course I'm overwhelmed.
But alas, we have so little time together.
I must leave tomorrow for Carpathia.
Oh, well! As soon as the show is over, I'll rush right over.
Anyway we still have today, haven't we?
Well, you see, Miss Marina--
Miss Marina? It was "beloved" last night.
Well, alas, beloved. . . .
Don't go on saying "alas" in that phony way.
-Here we go, Times Square! -We have 7 minutes.
I must get ready. And so, alas--
I'm afraid we must say our little adieus.
Okay, honey, get into your costume.
I'll be sitting outside the theater. That's where you came last night.
That's just opposite Admiralty Arch.
So don't forget to wave to me, will you?
I will remember.
-Could you get me a raincoat? -Raincoat?
I can't go down the street this way.
I see your point. I'll try to find you one. . .
. . .but such things are not easy to come by in Belgrave Square.
-She can't have stayed all night. -Where did she stay, then?
Look! Isn't that her at the window?
She didn't see us.
-Should we wait? -We must make her see.
Oh, it's you.
I mean, it's Your-- What are you--? Oh, Your Majesty.
Good morning. That was a charming dance.
It's a little routine I have to practice. I'm an understudy.
Really? Most interesting. I wonder, Miss Marina. . .
. . .if I might ask you to do a small favor for me?
Will you ring up a certain telephone number? This one.
-What could be easier? -Thank you so much.
Gerard 2-4-5, please.
Not so loud. When you get the number, ask for the ambassador.
Is the ambassador there?
No, not for me. It's for the king of Carpathia.
Don't! Spies are everywhere.
Oh, there are?
Excellence. . . .
Thank you so much. That was most kind.
Think nothing of it, Your Majesty.
You are going to the coronation?
Oh, I'll say.
You must come to mine.
Really? When is that?
Sixteen, eighteen months.
Not sooner than that?
Sooner, Miss Marina?
Yes. I speak German.
I was born in Milwaukee.
You're going to turn your father out on August 15. . .
. . .and make yourself a real king.
The Bulgarian army's going down to help you.
It is unfortunate you heard that. It might prove dangerous for you.
Dangerous? Don't give me that.
I'm an American citizen. Nobody can do anything to me.
Besides, who cares about Balkan revolutions?
You have them all the time.
You are going to tell Father, of course?
Depends if I get the chance.
-I beg of you-- -Excuse me.
Hello, Fanny. Hi, you girls.
-Are you all right? -Were you worried about me?
I couldn't sleep a wink so I collected a rescue squad.
I don't need rescuing. I'm having a lovely time.
Elsie, you're a wicked girl.
No, I'm not. Not yet.
Come down at once. We're terribly late as it is.
You run ahead. I have to say my one last goodbye to my regent.
What's he like, Elsie?
He's the cutest grand duke in the world.
Is he nice?
No, not really, just cute.
Like the ones on-stage?
Not like that at all. He hasn't any sense of humor and not a bit of charm.
Why do you find him cute, then?
I don't know, I just do.
In fact, I love him so much I could eat him, just swallow him up.
Don't let anybody get my seat. Run along, now.
I have a very good sense of humor.
Of course, but it's a Balkan one. Just as good as ours, but different.
Anyway you shouldn't listen to private conversations.
Nicky, why are you standing about? You should be on your way.
-What's this? -A small parting gift.
I was going to present it with a few words. . .
. . .but you drove them out of my head.
It's beautiful. With your crest and everything.
It is nothing.
I don't want to say anything. . .
. . .but there must be quite a few of these worn in Europe these days.
Not Maisie Springfield.
I can't complain after all. She really earned hers.
Pin it on for me, please.
This is where I wake up, I guess.
I fear so, my dear.
Yes, well, okay.
I guess that's my cue.
It has been wonderful knowing you.
If only it could have lasted longer.
I have said something wrong?
No, you spoke your line beautifully. It's your medals, they're tickling me.
Why do you say such things?!
You enjoy disconcerting me and I cannot bear to be disconcerted.
-See that Her Majesty is ready. -She is ready.
-The car to take the king to the Ritz? -He already left.
This is all I could find. It belongs to the housekeeper.
It'll do just fine. Thanks.
Oh, dear, life is rather sad sometimes, isn't it?
I'm too late now. I'll never get there on time.
-Oh, gosh! -Who was that?
Who was that creature?
-Was it an anarchist? -No, ma'am.
Then who was it?
A young lady, ma'am, called Miss Elsie Marina.
Fetch her to me.
Her Majesty wishes to speak to you.
Good morning, my dear. So delightful to see you again.
Why are you dressed up as a revolutionary? Is this a new game?
You should have let me know. I love games.
No, it's not a game.
Take that thing off. It looks most unbecoming.
Come here, my dear.
I am going to have a cigarette. So soothing before an ordeal.
-Will you join me? -No, thank you.
Well, please, sit down.
Ma'am is probably wondering. . .
. . .why I'm still dressed the way I was last night.
See, I had a stupid accident with my latchkey.
-What did she say? -She forgot her latchkey.
What is a latchkey?
It doesn't matter. I'm sure it's something very dull.
Such irritating news this morning.
Maud, my chief lady-in-waiting, claims that she cannot leave her bed.
So I have no option but to take the Baroness Brunnheim to the abbey.
It is not her fault. . .
. . .but I fear we shall be very squashed in the carriage.
Excuse me, ma'am, I didn't quite catch that.
I don't think Miss Marina speaks French.
Doesn't speak French? How ridiculous!
She lives with Sarah Bernhardt in Paris.
Most intelligent. Reading La Rochefoucauld.
Yes, indeed, ma'am.
I better warn the regent that we're leaving soon, if you'll excuse me.
Isn't that an evening dress?
Yes, as I was trying to explain--
Most suitable. Lottie, my jewelry box.
Just turn around, my dear, and lower yourself.
Yes, that is very possible. I think we need something else.
Yes. Just turn around again, will you. . .
. . .and lower yourself again?
Oh, what's happening? Is this a game?
You said something?
Ask ma'am if this is a game.
She wants to know, is this a game?
Lottie, put your cape on her, would you?
What's happening? Tell me.
Excellent. Lottie, will you be disappointed?
On the contrary, ma'am.
As you know, I always have been a little nervous of long ceremonies.
Good, then lend her your gloves and arrange your veil on her.
What's happening? Tell me.
I'm appointing you my lady-in-waiting for the day. . .
. . .and I'm taking you to the abbey.
Ma'am, you can't!
If someone would recognize me, I'd be arrested.
Arrest my lady-in-waiting? That's such an imbecility.
Where will I sit? What will I do?
You just do what is obvious and sit where Mr. Northbrook tells you.
You still look rather bare. I know, you need an order.
Lottie, go and fetch the ambassador.
-My dear. -Hello!
Such fun, how you will laugh. We are taking Miss Marina to the abbey.
Oh, are we?
But I need an order for her, my dear.
Fetch me that mauve order, the one the regent gave the foreign secretary.
-Mother-in-law! -Which one are you wearing?
The purple one. No, the mauve one is much more fetching.
Slim and pretty. We'll be comfortable in the carriage.
Hand it to the regent.
You realize that this order is only given. . .
. . .for a very special service to the head of the state?
Such hairsplitting? No doubt she will do you one some day.
Take your cape off.
I hereby invest you. . .
. . .with the Royal Carpathian Order of Perseverance.
Come, my dear.
And I hereby return you this.
After all, we're not parting quite yet, my darling Grand Duke.
-It's a shame. -She'll hate us.
We can't spoil such a lovely day by worrying about that girl.
I'm afraid Miss America has missed the boat.
Oh, cheer up, Fanny. It's her own fault.
It's a shame, she's going to hate missing all this.
Oh, isn't this wonderful?
The soldiers facing the procession too.
Such a change from our last coronation in Bessarabia.
Shots going off like bombs and the sky black with infernal machines.
Happily, no fatalities, except in the crowd.
But it all left a very bad impression.
This must be His Grand Duke now.
-It's your moment, Maisie. -Elsie will never get over this.
It's her. I promise you, it's her.
It's Elsie Marina, Miss Springfield, with the regent of Carpathia!
Absurd! Such things do not happen.
You haven't seen an old raincoat, have you?
Okay, forget it.
Good afternoon, Miss Marina.
Don't look so anxious. I don't tell tales.
Oh, that is good of you. I'm so very grateful.
Still, that doesn't mean that I don't think you're a very naughty boy.
Indeed? To me and to many of my countrymen. . .
. . .it is my father who is the naughty boy.
Yes, but you're only 16, whereas he is--
Well, he says 40, but I'd make a rough guess at. . .
. . .45.
-Can't you wait till you're grown up? -Miss Marina.
I can see that you are a very kind and good person.
-But in matters of this nature-- -Nicolas.
I wish to speak with you.
No, do not go, Miss Marina. This concerns you too.
The phone operator reported to Hoffman. . .
. . .that you talked with the German ambassador.
-That is true? -Yes.
-After Miss Marina got the number. -She didn't know the number.
-You passed a message, didn't you? -Your operator will tell you.
-She doesn't speak German. -I know. I found that out.
Will you tell me the message, Nicky?
Isn't it nice that it was such a fine day for the coronation?
You will go to your room.
Hoffman will visit you there.
Of course, there is no question of your going to the ball tonight.
I prefer not to keep company with traitors.
I say this with sincerity.
It has been a real pleasure.
What am I to do with such a boy?
If you were asking me that question seriously. . .
. . .I'd answer, but since you're not--
But I am asking you, although I know what the answer's going to be.
Something about his not having enough love in his life.
Not such a bad guess.
Such sentimental idiocy.
Why do you always swear in German?
Because the Germans have the best oaths.
And the best machine guns.
Yes, I suppose "Cross, thunder weather yet again" . . .
. . .wouldn't sound nearly so fierce.
I guess there's nothing left for me to do but to take off my finery. . .
. . .and slip quietly out of your life forever.
I said, I guess there's nothing left--
No, before that. You translated. Do you speak German?
-Then you heard his message? -Yes.
But I won't tell you what it was, so don't excite yourself too much.
Don't you look cute when you're fierce.
You are in possession of some very dangerous information, and l--
Now, don't put the screws on me, darling.
If only you could understand.
You can't whittle me either.
Well done, that's the best yet!
Don't swear anymore, you'll run out of oaths.
I won't tell you, and that's that.
But I will tell you the treatment of your son just now was bad policy.
Good policy, I suppose, would be to kiss him and say:
"Let bygones be bygones. Dear child, come to the ball. "
Who is Nicky more likely to tell his plot to?
That nasty Colonel Hoffman giving him the dickens in his room. . .
. . .or his prince of a beautiful father taking him to the ball?
Don't call me by these names. It's grotesque.
Darling, I may call you by other names one day. . .
. . .but for now, you'll have to forgive the language of love.
I'm ready for my goodbye kiss.
-Is that all I get? -The way I feel, even this is too much.
Tell the king to come and see me.
What about my parting present?
Pin it on, please.
Now, say to me what you said to me this morning.
If I do, you'll laugh at me again and say my epaulets are scratching. . .
. . .and I shall be disconcerted again.
Take the risk.
It has been wonderful knowing you.
If only it could have lasted longer.
Thank you, my darling.
Sit down, Nicky.
This German embassy affair has made me most unhappy.
I have always known that we did not see eye to eye on policy.
But that my son should conspire against me. . .
. . .has been a most bitter shock, you know?
I wonder if you realize how easy it is to break a father's heart?
If you mean your heart, Father, I don't.
Perhaps that is because I don't wear my heart on my sleeve.
Some people prefer to keep their feelings bottled up, and l--
It may be I am at fault in that way.
I don't want to say any more about it.
I have decided to let bygones be bygones.
And in spite of everything, you may come to the ball.
Thank you, but I don't think I want to. I'd rather go to bed.
Oh, but sir, you must go to the ball.
It's going to be the most beautiful ball ever.
-Fabulous uniforms and decorations-- -I would've come.
But Grandmother isn't going because she's tired.
And I won't know anyone.
And I won't have anyone to dance with.
-Invite someone. -Invite someone?
-I can arrange it. -You mean anybody?
-Yes, anybody! -Miss Marina?
Will you accompany me to the coronation ball tonight?
I shall be very happy to obey Your Majesty's command.
That is good! Then I shall come in person to collect you. . .
. . .at your theater at 11:00.
That would be nice. Say. . .
. . .would your grandmother mind if--?
No. I'll bring them for you. She'll just say, "Such fun. "
And I'll borrow one of her tiaras for you too.
If they can see me leave the theater in a tiara. . .
. . .they can darn well see me arrive in an evening gown.
I'll find you another order. The one you're wearing is not first-class.
Well, I wasn't going to say anything. . .
. . .but if you really think. . . .
See you at the ball.
You don't know how many engagements I broke for your sake tonight.
Some that I wouldn't break for any other man in the world.
You'll really come to the embassy at about 12:30?
I've arranged a little supper.
At your command, I'd come to the end of the earth.
Belgrave Square is fortunately not so far. Here's your escort.
If Your Grand Ducal Highness permits.
Not at all. I envy you, old boy!
-Well? -I can't find them, sir.
You should not let them out of sight for a moment.
With such a girl like that, anything can happen. Anything.
You search that way, I will search this way.
For the settled peace of the kingdom, signed. . .
. . .Nicolas Vlll?
Well, it seems reasonable enough to me.
If only your father were a reasonable man!
Excuse me, please.
I promise to do everything I can.
It'll be wonderful to have a dance with him.
Hello, there! We've been looking all over for you.
Indeed? And I've been looking for you.
Well, can you beat that?
I feel sure that you should like to have a dance with Miss Marina.
I should be charmed.
Would you care for a refreshment?
-What a sweet boy he is. -My son.
Far too grown-up.
I guess that's due to his upbringing.
Wouldn't it be good if you and him made it up?
For your country and for European peace and all that.
These things are not so easy.
With a little give and take, it might not be so hard.
-I know what his conditions would be. -Conditions?
He wants a motorcycle and he wants to be allowed. . .
. . .to ride it anywhere in Carpathia.
It seems reasonable enough to me.
Let's see, what else did he want?
Oh, I remember. He wants a general election.
I knew you'd say that. Still, I don't know why you object.
General elections are good things. They're democratic.
You're very pretty, but think twice before entering the political arena.
The role of Madame de Pompadour may be a little beyond your range.
And your range is so charming as it is. Do you reverse?
Just try me.
It is time for Nicky to go home. . .
. . .and it is time for me to say goodbye to you.
-Is it? -I fear so, my dear.
-What about my brooch? -It will be sent on to you.
Don't bother, I could stop by and get it.
Of course, by all means.
Conduct His Majesty to the embassy and Miss Marina to Brixton.
Now, my dear, it really is goodbye.
I thank you for your little services to us. . .
. . .and I wish you much happiness and success.
Oh, Your Grand Ducal. . .
. . .it's been a great, great--
Good night, Nicky. I'll take my carriage in 10 minutes.
They went for a ride on a bus?
A public bus?
A number 57.
-This may mean a scandal, Northbrook. -Yes.
You followed this bus as far as Victoria Station?
And as they walked from there to the embassy.
They walked-- She's here in the building?
-They are in the steward's room. -Doing what?
She's teaching him an American dance called a fox trot.
Your valet Franz is playing for them with two others of the household.
Lady Sunningdale is late.
Only a few minutes.
Her unpunctuality used to be her most irritating characteristic.
I had hoped she might have grown out of it by now.
She has had, after all, time.
Oh, supper! How lovely. How thoughtful of you, darling.
I'll run down and say good night to Nicky. I'll be right back.
Come, come, sir. All that is needed is a little firmness.
You should say that the supper is not for her, but another guest.
That is your considered suggestion for surmounting this crisis?
Yes, sir, it is.
I can only say that I now fully understand why the Foreign Office. . .
. . .always makes a mess of its relations with the State Department.
We're not here dealing with a civilized adult, but an unruly child.
Do you think I am anxious to have supper for three?
I'm sorry, sir. I had not considered that aspect.
The best policy then would be for me. . .
. . .to intercept Lady Sunningdale on arrival. . .
. . .and escort her to the music room. There, I can have another table laid.
Two suppers I am to eat?
I see no alternative.
But how am I to leave this one? That is the crux.
After Lady Sunningdale arrives, I'll come up and announce. . .
. . .that the ambassador urgently requires your presence. . .
. . .and that your business will last at least an hour.
You will then say goodbye to Miss Marina for the last time.
I should be here. No harm will come to you.
Leave her for me to escort to Brixton.
An hour is hopeless. You had better say all night.
Only so will your plan have a chance of success.
-Well, here I am. -You may leave us, Northbrook.
Very well, sir.
He doesn't do that half as well as me, does he?
-Vodka? -Thank you.
-That is too much. -You can take that, surely.
Too fast. I wanted to make you a toast. You'll have to have some more.
Not so much, please.
Don't spoil my illusions of you.
What are your illusions of me?
Your capacity for vodka is certainly one of them.
Here's to more love in everybody's life.
Well, I have a little document here.
Shall I read it?
"Manifesto to my faithful subjects.
I, Nicolas Vlll, king. . .
. . .do hereby reject utterly the overtures. . .
. . .lately made to me by certain persons. . .
. . .that I assume the powers of government before the appointed time.
I do hereby adjure all citizens of the realm. . .
. . .to unite loyally and wholeheartedly. . .
. . .under the regency of my father, the Grand Duke Charles. . .
. . .for the settled peace of the kingdom. Signed, Nicolas. "
But it isn't signed "Nicolas" at all.
Of course not, darling.
You have those little conditions to agree to first.
Give and take, darling. Give and take.
That's right. That will help you see it in the best possible light.
Do you not see that. . .
. . .a general election would put the Kaiser's party in power. . .
. . .and there will be a war in Europe in 6 months?
I don't see how you can be so sure. What if your party wins?
That's the thing about elections. You never know who will win.
"The overtures lately made to me by certain persons. "
You do not realize what you're making the boy sign.
Yes, darling. A manifesto.
An abject confession by my son that the Kaiser plotted with him. . .
. . .to overturn the constitution and destroy me!
-Another vodka. -No, thank you.
A little one.
-Something to eat? -No, thank you. I'm not hungry.
The timing of events will have to be most carefully considered.
I hold the initiative now. I must not lose it.
Well, I don't see, with your fine brain. . .
. . .and wonderful grasp of situations. . .
. . .how you could ever lose anything so little as. . .
. . .an initiative.
Wouldn't you be more comfortable with your feet up?
No, thank you.
No, thank you.
I have it!
I will give this manifesto to the press of the entire world.
That will proclaim Wolfstein's guilt and explain why I put him in jail.
It will answer those stupid American protests.
I mean, it will satisfy democratic opinion.
Here lies the key of the plan. I will be most magnanimous.
Having established Wolfstein's guilt to the world, I will release him.
So will I make him look the perfect fool. . .
. . .and I will look to the world as the true freedom-loving democrat.
And so will I win my election by a landslide.
Brilliant, brilliant! Quite, quite brilliant.
I can see they don't call you the Fox of the Balkans for nothing, do they?
Am I called so?
Didn't you know it?
The Fox of the Balkan.
And you look so like a fox with those eyebrows.
Like a sleek, dangerous animal.
But such a lonely one.
Oh, my child. It is my lot to be lonely.
But must it always be so?
It must. It must.
Darling, if you could only under--
Where is that music coming from?
Never mind, darling.
It must be that Hungarian. You told me he played every night.
Oh, yes, every night.
Never mind, my darling.
Ah, my child.
If only you knew how I longed for that kind of freedom.
Go on with what you were saying.
What does it matter? What are words?
What are words where deeds can say so much more?
Not that again, darling. Can't you think of something else to say?
I didn't quite catch that.
I love you.
I love you.
Oh, gosh, Your Grand Ducal Highness, how I love you!
Northbrook, you're overstepping your bounds! How dare you?
But the ambassador has arrived, if you know what I mean.
Do not argue with me. Leave the room at once.
You're lucky I'm not calling the foreign secretary!
From Lady Sunningdale.
Good morning, sir.
Is my father quite well?
I've heard nothing to the contrary. Why?
He has just. . .
. . .embraced me!
He's surely done that often before.
In public, of course. But this was in private.
In his bedroom, with only his valets to see it.
And he called me his darling boy.
It is most suspicious.
He was asking too the most extraordinary. . .
. . .not to say embarrassing, questions.
Was I not sometimes very lonely?
Had he not always been a good father to me?
Did I not sometimes feel the lack of love in my life?
Mr. Northbrook, my father asked me. . .
. . .if I felt the lack of love in my life.
Yes, sir, I heard you.
You are not surprised?
You have heard something already perhaps?
Is there cause for concern?
Let me tell you. . .
. . .I strongly suspect some Foreign Office hocus-pocus in all this.
The Foreign Office never resorts to hocus-pocus.
You are doubtless thinking of the Wilhelm Strasse.
Good morning, Northbrook. Punctual as usual, I see. Splendid.
How handsome you look in that uniform of yours.
And yesterday too. I meant to say something, but it slipped my mind.
And Nicky, my darling boy.
-Yes, Father? -Nothing, just my darling boy.
You better get ready. We leave in five minutes.
Give me a kiss, Nicky.
One can overdo it.
Nonsense. Fathers should kiss their sons.
When they are children, not--
Nicky, come and give me a kiss this instant!
Well, Northbrook. . . .
-Well, well, well. -Well, well, indeed, sir.
-Wonderful morning, is it not? -Wonderful, sir.
I have a letter for your Grand Ducal Highness of a private nature.
You know, Northbrook, what I think is the trouble with Lady Sunningdale?
She has not enough love in her life, sir?
Too much. One should keep a balance in these things.
Now, I have one or two commissions for you to perform after we leave.
First, a special passport must be obtained for a journey to Carpathia. . .
. . .made out in the name of Miss Elsa Stolzenburg.
Citizeness of the United States. Profession, actress.
Stage name, Miss Elsie Marina.
I was beginning to wonder.
Second, a special coach must be attached to the Orient Express.
A French chef must board at Ostend.
Bowers of flowers in the saloons and bedroom.
You will attend to these petty details yourself.
Now for the journey. She may require dresses, furs, personal ornaments.
You will see to it that in that respect she is given carte blanche.
Carte quite blanche, sir?
As blanche as she cares to make it.
-That was myself speaking? -It was, sir.
I suppose it cannot be helped. Dispose of this, please.
-Father is still dressing? -Just finishing.
Thank goodness. You will be seeing Miss Marina soon?
Good. Say goodbye to her for me and give her this small parting gift.
Also this photograph.
Tell her I enjoyed myself last night immensely.
-And thank her most gratefully. -I will, sir.
-Mr. Northbrook. -Sir?
Has he kissed you too?
I should not be too confident, Mr. Northbrook.
-Playing with fire? -What?
Good morning, Miss Marina.
Yes, I am.
That's a sport you should leave to me.
It was a lovely sunrise this morning, wasn't it?
I doubt if I paid it quite the same attention as you have.
You might have taken cold. Were you out there long?
Almost all night.
I didn't want to go back to Brixton. I wanted to see them off.
Weren't thinking of going to the station?
These are with the king's compliments and his thanks for last night.
He says it was the pleasantest evening he ever spent in his life.
He signed it too.
The Royal Carpathian Arms. Well, wouldn't you know it?
I shall await Your Grand Ducal Highness in the hall.
I won't say goodbye. We shall be seeing a lot of each other. . .
. . .what with passports and other things.
That was intended to be a surprise.
Oh, I'm so sorry. I wouldn't have spoilt it for the world.
I have been making such a spectacle of myself today.
Behaving like a schoolboy and what is so surprising, loving it.
This morning it's up to me to be the grown-up one, isn't it?
It's hard for you to remember, I suppose sometimes.
You're quite an important man, aren't you?
I rule a small country which is not my own. . .
. . .for which I have some loyalty but no feeling.
I rule it as well as I can.
No better and no worse than any other man in my place.
Is that so important?
-They say it is. -They? Who are they?
Last night one man said:
"You wouldn't think it to look at him. . .
. . .but there goes the best political brain in Europe. "
Would not think it--?
But, my darling, in 18 months I shall surrender my power to Nicky.
I shall then be a free citizen.
In 18 months I'm free of my contract with George Edwards.
So there we are, aren't we?
My dear child.
You do not realize. . .
. . .what can happen in this world in 18 months.
Yes, I think I do.
I really think I do.
This is goodbye then?
Au revoir, of course.
Could I have my parting present now, please?
But it is real.
Of course it is, my darling.
I just want to remember which one it is.
Pin it on for me, please.
Poor darling, do you feel so terribly disconcerted?
Childishness isn't all fun, is it?
How good of you to be here so early. Is it not, Charles?
My dear, such a night. Not a wink of sleep.
Some drunkard fiddling in the corridor for hours. . .
. . .and the night before too.
I didn't dare stop him, he might have been an anarchist or a republican.
One never knows nowadays. So disturbing.
My dear, why do you always wear white?
Because I think it suits me, ma'am.
Yes, but not all the time.
You're imitating the divine Sarah Bernhardt no doubt.
But even she, I am told, changes her dress occasionally.
Here is a little brooch for you. . .
. . .with the Carpathian arms on it.
Thank you. How kind of you.
And here is a photograph for you too. Let me see now.
Yes, I have signed it.
Thank you, ma'am.
You may kiss me, my dear.
Mr. Northbrook, you will come to the station with us?
Of course. The king has already left with the ambassador.
There's a motor to take her where she wishes?
Of course, sir.
Yes, I do think just a little variety of the costume, my dear.
Nothing exaggerated, of course.
Simply from time to time, an ordinary little day dress.
Such fun it has been. Goodbye.
Send me a photograph.
Address it to the theater.
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