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The Duke Wore Jeans

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The Duke Wore Jeans
The Duke Wore Jeans FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byGerald Thomas
Written byNorman Hudis
Story by
Produced byPeter Rogers
Stewart Levy
Nat Cohen
Insignia Films
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated
Release date
Running time
85 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Duke Wore Jeans is a 1958 British film by producer Nat Cohen starring Tommy Steele and June Laverick.[1]

The songs for the film were released in 1958 by Decca on a 10" LP, a 7" EP and two 7" singles and, in more recent times, on compilation CDs.


The only son of the poor but aristocratic Whitecliffe family is to be sent to the nation of Ritalla in order to sell the family's cattle to upgrade the nation's livestock. As a side benefit, his parents hope he will marry the King's only daughter, Princess Maria. Unknown to his family, Tony is already secretly married to a commoner. Fate intervenes when drifter Tommy Hudson, who is the identical likeness of Tony, comes to the Whitecliffe estate to seek work. Tony engages Tommy to impersonate him on his trip to Ritalla accompanied by Cooper, the family's only servant.

Tommy and Cooper travel to Ritalla where Tommy pretends to be Tony. The princess refuses to meet him because she does not want to get married. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Bastini is scheming to force the King to abdicate since his daughter refuses to marry.

Tommy meets the princess and they fall in love.[2]



Steele made the film because he was contracted to Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy for one more movie. He says the idea of the film was his, as he always liked The Prince and the Pauper. "It wasn't only a chance to act a bit, it was also an opportunity to kick around new musical ideas," he wrote later. "I wanted to act a good part and sing show numbers."[3]

Steele was paid £20,000 plus 10% of the profits.[4]


The songs in the film included:

  • "It's All Happening"
  • "What do You Do"
  • "Family Tree"
  • "Happy Guitar"
  • "Hair-Down, Hoe-Down"
  • "Princess"
  • "Photograph" (duet with June Laverick)
  • "Thanks A Lot"

All of the songs were written by Lionel Bart, Mike Pratt and Jimmy Bennett (a pseudonym of Tommy Steele).

Steele said "Family Tree" in particular "proved Lionel Bart's talent as a wordsmith... It was a bastard to sing but I relished it."[5]


Chart positions

Chart Year Peak
UK Albums Chart[6] 1958 1
Preceded by
Pal Joey by Original Soundtrack
UK Albums Chart number-one album
26 April 1958 – 10 May 1958
Succeeded by
My Fair Lady by Original Cast Album


  1. ^ DUKE WORE JEANS, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 25, Iss. 288, (Jan 1, 1958): 61.
  2. ^ THE DUKE WORE JEANS Picture Show; London Vol. 70, Iss. 1829, (Apr 19, 1958): 8.
  3. ^ Steele p 295
  4. ^ Andrew Caine Interpreting Rock Movies: The Pop Film and Its Critics in Britain, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004p.117
  5. ^ Steele p 295
  6. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Original Soundtrack - The Duke Wore Jeans". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 May 2011.


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