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The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 8 May 1937 (USA)
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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Tom Canty (as The Mauch Twins)
Robert J. Mauch ...
Prince Edward (as The Mauch Twins)
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Lionel Pape ...
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Ivan F. Simpson ...
Clemens (as Ivan Simpson)
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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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William Dieterle filled in as director when William Keighley got the flu. Similarly, cinematographer George Barnes took over as director of photography when Sol Polito fell ill. See more »

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Henry V111's death scene seated in the throne room is invented as he actually died in bed on the 28th January 1547. 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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Remade as Crossed Swords (1977) 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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Uneven Exchange
29 March 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In the slums of 16th century London, young Billy Mauch (as "Pauper" Tom Canty) makes the most of his life as a beggar; though, he is beaten by his father, and thrown in the mud. Meanwhile, royal Bobby Mauch (as "Prince" Edward VI) lives a life of luxury; soon, he will replace father King Henry VIII on the throne. One evening, Pauper Mauch takes refuge from a storm on Prince Mauch's palace grounds. The look-alike boys meet, and strike up a friendship. Prince Mauch invites Pauper Mauch over to the palace, where the two become intrigued by their different lifestyles, and identical appearance. After they exchange clothing, they become separated, by happenstance. When nobody believes their stories, the boys are forced to assume each other's identities.

This is a well-produced version of the Mark Twain classic. Sadly, the unevenly paced scenario does not produce the film classic which was, evidently, possible (considering those involved). The "Mauch Twins" and Claude Rains (as the Earl of Hertford) are especially strong in their portrayals; and, Erich Wolfgang Korngold's soundtrack should be noted. Don't expect to see top-billed Errol Flynn (as Miles Hendon) until later in the film, as a supporting player. Alan Hale, Barton MacLane, Henry Stephenson, and Montagu Love are also worth noting; but, the film's main strengths are Mr. Rains, Mr. Korngold, and the "Mauch Twins".

******* The Prince and the Pauper (5/5/37) William Keighley ~ Billy Mauch, Bobby Mauch, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains


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