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King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. But the actress can never hope to be fully accepted by the King's circle despite his constant attentions. Written by
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This is one of my favorite movies. Sir Cedric Hardwicke is brilliant as the lonely King Charles II. Mostly forgotten today, Hardwicke, in my humble opinion, was the greatest actor of the twentieth century. This is one of his most important screen roles and ranks right beside his portrayals of the bishop in "Les Miserables" and Claude Frollo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" as his best. Hardwicke brings dignity to the role of the womanizing king and portrays him in a kind and sympathetic light rather than the debauched and dissipated image in which Charles is presented today. If only we had Hardwicke's great stage performances preserved on film... Highly recommended for its script, music, and acting (especially Sir Cedric). Don't miss this film!
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