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The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  8 May 1937 (USA)
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Two lookalike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Henry Stephenson ...
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Billy Mauch ...
Tom Canty (as The Mauch Twins)
Robert J. Mauch ...
Prince Edward (as The Mauch Twins)
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Eric Portman ...
Lionel Pape ...
Second Lord
Leonard Willey ...
Murray Kinnell ...
Hugo
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Archbishop
Phyllis Barry ...
Barmaid
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Clemens (as Ivan Simpson)
Montagu Love ...
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Storyline

On the same day two boys are born: the pauper Tom and prince Edward. As a kid, Tom sneaks into the palace garden and meets the prince. They change clothes with each other but the guards discover them and throw out the prince, since they are almost identical. Nobody believe them when they try to tell the truth. Soon after, the old king dies and the prince will inherit the throne. The evil earl of Hertford attempts to murder the prince to gain power for himself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Mark Twain's Immortal Classic !


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8 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe y el mendigo  »

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At the time it was widely believed that the Mauch twins had been born in 1924, and many articles described them as being twelve at the time of filming. See more »

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In a scene with Miles Hendon Father Andrew is seen wearing modern spectacles this was not possible in 1547 as The modern style of spectacles, held by temples passing over the ears, was developed some time before 1727, possibly by the British optician Edward Scarlett. See more »

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[Miles has taken the Prince to his home for the night]
Prince Edward Tudor: I'm hungry. What have you to tempt my appetite?
Miles Hendon: Well, now, that depends on what didn't tempt the mices.
Prince Edward Tudor: Mice?
Miles Hendon: Oh, yes. I had to fatten them all up. You see the, uh, cat threatened to leave.
Prince Edward Tudor: You're making a joke.
Miles Hendon: The humor of being short of rations, my small friend, has always escaped me.
Prince Edward Tudor: Then you're poor?
Miles Hendon: Would you believe it? I am.
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Version of Prints i nishchiy (1972) See more »

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The Roost Song
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Written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and M.K. Jerome
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Good wholesome, adventurous fun for all ages!
18 May 2000 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Mark Twain's classic tale of a pair of look-alike boys in 16th century England is given the glossy Hollywood treatment in this very entertaining effort. Billy and Bobby Mauch, 12 year old twin brothers, star, one as the heir to the throne of England and the other as a street urchin. By accident, each is mistaken for the other and when the king dies, the pauper may be crowned instead of the rightful prince. Claude Rains is his usual steady self as the traitorous wretch who realizes his chance to seize power with the pauper in charge. Errol Flynn may be billed as the star, but he does not appear until halfway through the film. He becomes the prince's protector. Of course, he does not know that the young beggar is the prince. Flynn is good as always in this fun filled film.


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