To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
Show all languages
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

Professional Soldier

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Professional Soldier
Poster of Professional Soldier
Directed byTay Garnett
Screenplay byGene Fowler
Howard Ellis Smith
Based on"Gentlemen, the King!"
by Damon Runyon
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
StarringVictor McLaglen
Freddie Bartholomew
CinematographyRudolph Maté
Edited byBarbara McLean
Release date
  • December 27, 1935 (1935-12-27)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Professional Soldier is a 1935 American adventure film based on a 1931 story by Damon Runyon, "Gentlemen, the King!"[1] It stars Victor McLaglen and Freddie Bartholomew. The film was directed by Tay Garnett, and produced by Twentieth Century Fox.

A soldier of fortune is hired to kidnap a king, only to find the abductee is a young boy.

YouTube Encyclopedic

  • 1/5
    7 222 420
    19 490
    5 057 446
    30 607
    16 506
  • SAS Soldier Breaks Down 11 Military Scenes | How Real Is It?
  • U.S. Army 1971 - "The Drill Sergeant" REEL History - Vietnam Training Film
  • Spartans What is your Profession (HD)
  • Let me kiss you… Russian Movie. Comedy. StarMediaEN
  • The Death Of A Soldier: Short War Film



Colonel Michael Donovan (McLaglen), a soldier of fortune and former U.S. Marine captain, is fed up with his latest job: keeping spoiled playboy George Foster (Michael Whalen) out of trouble from women and liquor in Paris. Thus, he is eager to accept when revolutionaries Valdis (Lumsden Hare) and Ledgard (Walter Kingsford) want to hire him to kidnap King Peter II, ruler of a country somewhere in the Balkans. When a drunken Foster wakes up and interrupts their meeting, Donovan calls him his aide.

Donovan and Foster reconnoiter at a masquerade ball held at the king's palace, but King Peter II does not make an appearance. Foster quickly falls in love with a woman there named Sonia (Gloria Stuart).

When the two men sneak back into the palace later that night, they are surprised to discover that King Peter II (Freddie Bartholomew) is just a boy. Donovan is too disgusted to want to abduct him, though Peter is thrilled at the idea of an adventure, thinking Donovan and Foster are Chicago gangsters, as were the protagonists in Damon Runyan's original story. However, when Countess Sonia stumbles upon the scene and raises the alarm, Donovan has no choice. Peter helpfully shows him a secret escape passage; a bound and gagged Sonia reluctantly goes with them to take care of the lad.

As prearranged, the kidnappers take Peter to Lady Augusta (Constance Collier), who turns out to be Peter's former nurse. Donovan's employers succeed in overthrowing Gino (C. Henry Gordon) and installing their own reform government under the leadership of Stefan Bernaldo (Pedro de Cordoba).

As time goes on, Donovan becomes very fond of Peter and vice versa. Donovan teaches Peter to play baseball and shoot craps, and entertains Peter with tall tales of his wartime exploits. At the same time Foster convinces Sonia he really does love her. However, that does not sway her from what she sees as her duty; she manages to send a message from a gypsy camp to Gino revealing where the king is being held. Peter and Donovan initially evade Gino's men, but are recaptured within sight of the palace.

Peter orders Gino to release Donovan unharmed, but Gino secretly has him imprisoned. Gino tells supporter Prince Edric (Lester Matthews) to start rumors that the new regime has killed the very popular king. Edric is aghast, grasping the implication that Gino intends to murder Peter. Sonia also realizes her mistake, and frees Donovan and Foster. With Foster's help, Donovan defeats the enemy by hand holding a M1917 Browning machine gun where he kills or captures all 250 of Gino's men just in time to save Peter from a firing squad. When Gino resists, Donovan shoots him. Later, a grateful Peter bestows a decoration on Donovan before they tearfully part.



In The New York Times, Frank Nugent wrote "Professional Soldier is incongruous, it is loud and, intermittently, it is funny. ... Although there are long moments when nothing happens, the picture is rousingly comic in the scenes devoted to Colonel Mike's battles, and it has some claim to fame in presenting the most amazing co-starring team in screen history – Victor McLaglen and little Freddie Bartholomew."[2]

Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a poor review, summarizing it as one that "should be carefully avoided", and said Freddie Bartholomew "recites his words by rote".[3]

The 2015 DVD Talk review of the film calls it "an enjoyable – if often sketchy – big screen adventure", adding that "To its credit, you don't really care that Professional Soldier bounces nonsensically around ... because the dialogue is light and amusing ... while the players, particularly McLaglen and Bartholomew, are charming together."[4]


  1. ^ Runyon, Damon. "Gentlemen, the King!" Collier's. April 25, 1931.
  2. ^ New York Times review
  3. ^ Greene, Graham (22 May 1936). "Klondyke Annie/Professional Soldier". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 76. ISBN 0192812866.)
  4. ^ "DVD Talk".

External links

This page was last edited on 6 September 2023, at 21:35
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.