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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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The Mauch twins were born in 1921, making them 15 when this film was made. However the studio said they were born in 1924, and therefore 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 sits down to share the supper]
Prince Edward Tudor: Would you sit in the presence of your king?
Miles Hendon: Now, see here, my lad!
Prince Edward Tudor: I will no longer tolerate your manner.
Miles Hendon: [humoring him] I ask your pardon, your majesty, but after that chase we led them it would be good to sit down.
Prince Edward Tudor: Perhaps.
[Miles sits]
Prince Edward Tudor: No! Custom must be preserved - you will stand.
[Miles stands and then leans against the wall, getting annoyed as the prince finishes the supper]
Prince Edward Tudor: I was very hungry. Feel better now.
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The Roost Song
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Written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and M.K. Jerome
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Great b/w movie paves the way to 'Robin Hood'
14 July 1999 | by (Dortmund, Germany) – See all my reviews

For all my life I loved the film 'The Adventures of Robin Hood'. I always liked Errol Flynn and his men fight the bad guys. And of course I liked the soundtrack. It earned its composer (E.W.Korngold) an academy award. Yesterday I saw The Prince and the Pauper on TV for the first time. It was great. A lot of music that won the Oscar in Robin Hood appears here in this film (2 years earlier !!). Look out for Little John in the role of the captain of the King's guards. And Dicken, the evil guy, sent to murder King Richard in Robin Hood, appears here as part of a kidnap-the-king team. The film is, for a b/w movie, wonderfully long. The crowning ceremony is admirably detailed. I liked watching it (8/10).


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