A King in New York (1957)

A King in New York (1957)




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Charles Chaplin's response to America during the McCarthy Era stars the writer-director as a deposed European monarch who immigrates to the U.S. to start anew.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Charles Chaplin
as King Shahdov
Dawn Addams
as Ann Kay - TV Specialist
Oliver Johnston
as Ambassador Jaume
Jerry Desmonde
as Prime Minister Voudel
Maxine Audley
as Queen Irene
Harry Green
as Lawyer Green
Phil Brown
as Headmaster
John McLaren
as Macabee Senior
Alan Gifford
as School Superintendent
Shani Wallis
as Night Club Vocalist
Joy Nichols
as Night Club Vocalist
Jay Nichols
as Night Club Vocalist
Michael Chaplin
as Rupert Macabee
John Richard Ingram
as Mr. Cromwell
Sidney James
as Mr. Johnson
Robert Arden
as Lift Boy
MacDonald Parke
as Fred Cromwell
Joan Ingram
as Mona Cromwell
George Truzzi
as Comedian
Robert Cawdron
as U.S. Marshall
George Woodbridge
as Commissioner
Clifford Buckton
as Atomic Commission
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Critic Reviews for A King in New York

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

The coming of talkie films has been unkind to the legendary silent film comic, Charlie Chaplin.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Taking a fire hose to HUAC is an impulse worth applauding, but the overall movie is so tone-deaf and tired that the method sinks the message.

Full Review… | April 14, 2006

Though constrained by budget and the unfamiliar methods of British studios, the film is nonetheless Chaplin's last great gift to the world.

Full Review… | May 26, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A King in New York proved prophetic, not only in the McCarthy witch-hunts, but also in the relentless advertising and television obsession we have today.

Full Review… | March 29, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

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June 29, 2007

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June 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for A King in New York

Chaplin's A KING IN NEW YORK is the most honest and realistic depiction of America ever produced for the silver screen. It benefits from a brilliant screenplay and a Chaplin on his game.

Knox Morris
Knox Morris

A King in New York (1957) ?? 1/2 European monarch seeks shelter in New York City where he unexpectedly becomes celebrity and is wrongly accused of being a communist. Chaplin makes fun of American sensibilities, but the film is overindulgent and lacks focus. This has some great gags and ideas, but this is not, alas, a great film. Charlies' real life son Michael plays the main kid here.

Tanner Bartko
Tanner Bartko

A satisfying though uneven Chaplin comedy that he clearly envisaged as a criticism on the American society and the absurdity of McCarthyism. There are some memorable scenes, including a hilarious surprise dinner, but also just as many less successful ones.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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