Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945): Thorpe’s Romantic Comedy, Starring Hedy Lamarr, Robert Walker, and June Allyson

MGM contract director Richard Thorpe made Her Highness and the Bellboy, a romantic comedy starring Hedy Lamarr (who gets top billing), character actor Robert Walker, and June Allyson, soon to become a major star.

Her Highness and the Bellboy
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Theatrical release poster

Her Highness and the Bellboy, which was released July 11, 1945, was commercially successful.

The beautiful Princess Veronica (Hedy Lamarr) travels to New York City to find the American newspaper columnist she fell in love years earlier. After checking into the elegant Eaton Hotel, she is mistaken for a new maid by bellboy Jimmy Dobson (Robert Walker), who offers to accompany her on an afternoon stroll through Central Park.

When they return, the hotel manager is shocked to see his bellboy with the princess and fires him for consorting with important guest. Veronica saves Jimmy by insisting that the manager assign him to be her personal attendant while she is in New York. Charmed by his confusion, the princess insists he become her personal attendant, unaware that he is in love with her.

When he is not working, Jimmy spends time with his slow-witted co-worker Albert Weever, and their good friend and neighbor Leslie Odell (June Allyson), a former dancer now bedridden and crippled


Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Screenplay by Richard Connell, Gladys Lehman

Music by George E. Stoll
Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr.
Edited by George Boemler

Production company: MGM

Distributed by Loew’s Inc.

Release date: July 11, 1945 (USA)

Running time: 112 minutes
Budget $1,157,000
Box office $3,169,000