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The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

 -  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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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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Captain of the Guard
Eric Portman ...
First Lord
Lionel Pape ...
Second Lord
Leonard Willey ...
Third Lord
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 meet 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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8 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe y el mendigo  »

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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 »

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 »

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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 Novela: El príncipe y el mendigo (1966) 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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Twain's royal exchange
21 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Prince and the Pauper" is based on Mark Twain's novel of the same name. The story is a hypothetical situation where Edward VI exchanges places with a beggar that resembles him as he is about to become King of England.

The Mauch twins, Bobby and Billy, skillfully play the roles of Edward VI and the beggar Tom Canty. Errol Flynn is well-cast as the dashing hero Miles Hendon, who comes to protect Edward when he's taken for a beggar. Claude Rains was a perfect choice to play his oft-reprised role of a conniving man grasping for power which he plays so well. Also notable are Alan Hale as the captain of the guard, Barton MacLane as Tom Canty's despicable father and Montagu Love as the counseling Henry VIII.

The story is not meant as history, but rather an examination of social disparities. Twain's social commentary is, as usual, mixed with his clever humor. The story moves along well with this mix as well as the machinations at court. The only part that seemed somewhat drawn out was the coronation ceremony.


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