Queen High

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Queen High
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Film title card
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer
Produced by Frank Mandel
Laurence Schwab
Written byMusical play (Queen High):
Buddy G. DeSylva
Lewis E. Gensler
Laurence Schwab
Starring Charlie Ruggles
Frank Morgan
Ginger Rogers
Music by Al Goodman
Johnny Green
Cinematography William O. Steiner
Edited by Barney Rogan
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • August 23, 1930 (1930-08-23)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Queen High is the title of an American pre-Code musical comedy film, produced by Paramount Pictures in 1930. Based upon the 1926 stage musical Queen High that Buddy DeSylva, Lewis Gensler, and Laurence Schwab had adapted from Edward Peple's 1914 farce A Pair of Sixes . The storyline loosely concerns a rivalry between two businessmen that results in a game of poker. Whoever loses the game becomes the winner's servant for a year.


The film stars Charlie Ruggles, Frank Morgan, and Ginger Rogers in one of her earliest film appearances. Making her first film appearance in an uncredited bit part is famed tap dancer Eleanor Powell, whose career in musicals would not take off for another five years. Powell was appearing on Broadway in a show entitled Follow Thru at the time, and a segment of the show was filmed for the movie. Both Rogers and Powell were still in their teens.[ citation needed ]



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Though part of the 700 or so films Paramount sold to Universal, the film is preserved in the Library of Congress with a copy. [1]

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  1. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) p.147 c.1978 by The American Film Institute