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The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 8 May 1937 (USA)
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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

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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 ...
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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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Trivia

The film's release coincided with the Coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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excellent version of the Twain classic
2 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Those who hope to see a lot of Errol Flynn in this movie will be disappointed ... it is a good hour before he makes his appearance as Miles Hendon.

The novel by Mark Twain looked at what might have happened if the future Edward VI was swapped for a beggar boy who looked identical, and what that might mean for the (simplified) political situation on the death of his father, Henry VIII.

As Edward and the beggar, Tom Canty, identical twins Billy and Bobby Mauch are charming. Much better than the split screen versions in later remakes of the 60s and 70s. They were both good little actors as well, which helps in this story.

Claude Rains excels as the villain of the piece, while Alan Hale, Eric Portman, and others make up the cast. Flynn himself is fun as Hendon, swashbuckling with the best.

After 70 years this film has not dated one jot - highly enjoyable.


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