A Throne for Christine
(A Princess in Majorca)
Director: Luis-Cesar Amadori
Script: L. Marquina and Helmut Harun
Camera: A. Ballesteros
Music: G. Cases
Editor: R. Landin
Asst. Director: U. Schonger
Producer: Ludger Schulte-Köster
Executive Producer: Dr. Alfons Carcasona
|Du Vanel||Dieter Borsche|
The island of Majorca is filled with tourists and holiday guests from all over the world with nothing better to do than soak up the sun. So the lovely 17 year-old Christine and her equally attractive mother, Mrs. Pamela Wilkins, provide a welcome diversion. Who are they?
At first Pamela hints that she is the widow of an American millionaire but, lacking the money to back up this story, she ignores the inconsistancy and conveniently switches to another version. Her deceased husband was a European Prince who immigrated to the U.S. which, of course, makes her daughter, Christine, a princess.
The story, too, would have been uncovered as fantasy but fate plays into Pamela’s hands. Sensational headlines appear in the boulevard press. The legitimate heir to the throne of the Middle-European Principality of Lichtenfels, whose ruler disappeared years ago, is being sought. The paper hints that the trail leads to Majorca.
This is the chance Pamela has been waiting for. She announces that she was the wife of the missing Prince and Christine is the long sought heiress to the throne. Everything goes smoothly. Her creditors stop demanding payment and bow politely when she passes. The Lichtenfels Minister of Finance, Du Vanel, is easily convinced. Too easily. In actuality, the search for the heir to the throne suits Du Vanel’s own interests and Christine fits into his plans very well. And he finds Pamela more than a little appealing.
Only the Duchess Clara-Augusta, Du Vanel’s opponent, makes difficulties. She is determined to settle this situation in her own way and uses Angel, a nice, young reporter for her purposes. Angel is the journalist who uncovered the story of the missing heir and it seems that Christine has fallen in love with him. In fact, Christine cares more for Angel than for a throne.
The Duchess is aware of their feelings for one another and she rejoices silently over this misalliance which will most certainly ruin the plans of her adversary, Du Vanel, and the brazen imposter, Pamela. But the Duchess is in for a surprise because Angel suddenly takes her side and declares that the whole touching story of the missing Cinderella Princess Christine is a fake. She’s not a missing heir; he made the whole thing up. However the Duchess is not fooled by Angel’s confession. She realizes that the young man is in love with Christine and doesn’t want to lose her now.
Enough. The Duchess decides to settle the question of Christine’s true identity herself. She subjects the false Princess to magnifying glass scrutiny only to discover that Christine is, in fact, the real Princess. The Duchess pursuades Christine that the interests of her country must take precedence. As a royal personage, court etiquette decress that she must give up the commoner, Angel, but, as a small compensation, Christine will sit on the throne of very wealthy Principality.
Even though the end is not a completely happy one for the Princess, the comedy is complete. The utterly non-plussed expressions on the faces of Pamela and Du Vanel as they learn the truth demonstrate that fact can be funnier than fiction.