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The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Approved  |   |  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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Eric Portman ...
Lionel Pape ...
Second Lord
Leonard Willey ...
Murray Kinnell ...
Hugo
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Archbishop
Phyllis Barry ...
Barmaid
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Clemens (as Ivan Simpson)
Montagu Love ...
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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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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 »

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After the boys exchange roles, as the Prince (as Tom) goes out to get his dog at the stable he picks up a large candle, but when he comes out the door he no longer has it. 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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A delight for the eyes and ears
5 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Prince and the Pauper is a charming and witty film. Errol Flynn, although appearing a little late in the film, gives a great performance as an adventurer who protects what he believes is a delusional boy. The Mauch twins, Billy and Bobby, are perfect foils for Flynn, who's interaction with the Prince of England is touching, warm and comedic. As usual with Flynn's films Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music is brilliant, weaving a childlike main theme with an undercurrent of adventure. Every time you hear the score one almost picture a child giggling, while playing hide-and seek. It is one of Korngold's least known scores, but it is a gem. Flynn was a tragic figure, a larger then life adventurer and lover who 's reputation, after death, naturally, was smeared by a several books, now proved to be false. Truly, a man born in the wrong century. There is no actor capable of pulling off what Flynn did in his hay day. He has been largely ignored by Hollywood. Hypocrites, I think might be an appropriate term to attach to today's Academy moguls. A rake, drunk and scalawag? Yes. But he was the guy who has a least a half dozen classics that have stood the test of time. Unfortunately, the Prince and the Pauper is rarely seen on TV nowadays. A shame. Where would we Walter Mitty's be without the last of the true swashbucklers?


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