Monday, May 31, 2010
Royal on Film
It may be too little too late but tonight on TCM the 1928 silent film classic "Four Sons" was featured. Devoted movie fans might be aware of the film but they may not be aware (at least I wasn't) that he had an actor in the cast with very prestigious royal connections. Listed as simply playing "a captain" in the Imperial German army was Archduke Leopold Maria Alphons of Austria (Archduke Leopold of Austria on the cast list). He was the son of Archduke Leopold Salvator of Austria and Infanta Blanca of Spain (daughter of Duke Carlos of Madrid) who was the son of Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria (of the Tuscan branch of the Hapsburg family) and Princess Maria Immaculata of the Two-Sicilies. The sad but touching film tells the story of a German widow and her four sons, one of whom ends up in the US Army in World War I.