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Nell Gwyn (1934)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ...
Jeanne De Casalis ...
Muriel George ...
Helena Pickard ...
Mrs. Pepys
Dorothy Robinson ...
Mrs. Knipp
Esme Percy ...
Miles Malleson ...
Moore Marriott ...
Craighall Sherry ...
Lawrence Anderson ...


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 Jeremy Perkins <>

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August 1934 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Hertiginnan från gatan  »

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1.37 : 1
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Screenwriter Miles Malleson took much of the dialogue from the diaries of Samuel Pepys. See more »


Remake of Nell Gwyn (1926) See more »


Merrymakers Dance
from "Nell Gwyn Suite"
Music by Edward German
Played over main titles
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An enjoyably bawdry costume affair that England used to be good at once upon a time
4 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first time Charles II meets Nell Gwyn is during a performance at the Drury Lane theatre where Nell catches his eye with a bawdry and enjoyable song and dance number. Getting to know her after her shows, the King becomes quite Nell, preferring her honesty and irreverent manner to the stiffer and 'proper' Duchess of Portsmouth. Despite their fun relationship, Nell knows that the polite social circle will never accept a music hall player as one of their own.

Having greatly enjoyed Henry VIII, I decided to dip my toes back into the waters of historical dramas with a rather irreverent sense of humour – there are quite a few of them from the period. I do not know enough about the true history behind this story to know if it is true or not but the sheer comic tone of it and the way a working class girl gets on with the King would suggest that at least it takes liberties with the truth. This rather overblown humour does tend to take away from the actual story and characters and makes it more of a general story rather than one with specific interest.

Happily this doesn't infect the whole film and the conclusion does avoid the 'happy' ending that would be demanded if test audiences got their hands on it today.

The cast are good but they are also responsible for producing the irreverent tone. The main failing in this regard is in Anna Neagle herself; she plays it wide and bawdry but has nothing else in her arsenal to give, she tries to shed a tear in close up at the end but even that is unconvincing. She is not terrible but it is hard to see anything in her character other than loud irreverence. Hardwicke is a bit better but he still struggles to break through the noise and make his king a person. The support cast largely follow suit and are loud and bawdry or as the script requires – again there is nothing actually wrong with this per se but it does make the film a rather one note affair, albeit an enjoyable note in its own way.

Overall this is a lively, bawdry film that shuns detail and character depth in favour of noise, good-humour and entertainment. On one hand I had a real problem with this because I felt I was being served a rather short shift by it and wanted to know more about the people and the facts. However on the other hand I did get into the humour of it and, as a sort of music hall history, I suppose it has enough crowd-pleasing energy to make for an entertaining hour or so.

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