The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

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


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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Release Date:

8 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe y el mendigo  »

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Patric Knowles was originally cast as Miles Hendon. See more »


The coat of arms that appears at the title sequence shows two dragons holding the shield. It should instead be the lion of England at the dexter side, and the Dragon of Wales at the sinister. See more »


[John and Hugo have brought the prince - thinking he's Tom - to help them steal from the inn]
John Canty: Now, remember: if ya don't do like you've been told, we'll put climes on ya! Twenty of 'em! Ya know what climes are?
[the prince shakes his head, 'no']
John Canty: Tell him, Hugo.
Hugo: They're little bandages, with a bit o' paste on 'em, made o' soap and quicklime and rust off old iron. And when ya takes 'em off there's the nastiest looking sore that ever made a citizen sick. Sores that don't get well, but spread like a ...
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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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