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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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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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El príncipe y el mendigo  »

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

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Near the end of the movie the Lord rushes to Edwards room to retrieve the Royal Seal. As he leaves the room with the seal the door is left partially open, in the very next shot of the two guards standing at the door, the door has closed. See more »

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[Tom - as the prince - is signing documents]
Tom Canty: Please, sir, how much longer must I do this?
Earl of Hertford: This is the last, sire.
Tom Canty: [starts to read the document] "Authorizes an increased tax on windows..." Do you mean to say we have a tax on windows?
Earl of Hertford: May I suggest that your majesty cease troubling himself about...
Tom Canty: But I'm head of the government. It's my job to be troubled about these things. And I think a tax on windows is cruel... unjust.
Earl of Hertford: The royal treasury is empty, sire. Every means of replenishing it must be ...
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The Roost Song
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Written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and M.K. Jerome
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Good wholesome, adventurous fun for all ages!
18 May 2000 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Mark Twain's classic tale of a pair of look-alike boys in 16th century England is given the glossy Hollywood treatment in this very entertaining effort. Billy and Bobby Mauch, 12 year old twin brothers, star, one as the heir to the throne of England and the other as a street urchin. By accident, each is mistaken for the other and when the king dies, the pauper may be crowned instead of the rightful prince. Claude Rains is his usual steady self as the traitorous wretch who realizes his chance to seize power with the pauper in charge. Errol Flynn may be billed as the star, but he does not appear until halfway through the film. He becomes the prince's protector. Of course, he does not know that the young beggar is the prince. Flynn is good as always in this fun filled film.


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