“How should I know what… pleases your majesty?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
It’s easy to see why the king would fall for Nell, with her infectious laugh:
… and ability to effectively skewer all pretentions — as in the amusing scene where she appears on stage dressed in an outlandish version of an outfit the Duchess had been so excited to show off to society:
Freddie Young’s cinematography and fine sets make the entire affair a pleasing one to sit through. While it’s not must-see viewing, it’s recommended.
Note: This film is listed on IMDb and Wikipedia as 85 minutes long, but the version I saw was only 71 minutes; I wonder if I missed some of the censored scenes?
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: