7.3/10
1,960
20 user 8 critic

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.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Kim (1950)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas
The Prince and the Pauper (TV Movie 2000)
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The King and a poor boy swap places.

Director: Giles Foster
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Alan Bates, Jonathan Hyde
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A girl is sent to live with her uncle on his estate when her parents die. There she discovers much intrigue, family history and secrets and personal baggage. In particular, a screaming child and...a secret garden.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall, Dean Stockwell
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After the young wife of vaudevillian Eddie Foy passes away, he incorporates their seven children into the act and takes it on the road.

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Bob Hope, Milly Vitale, George Tobias
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It's the Florida party season for heiresses, with both Oklahoma oil heiress Hortense Burke-Meyers and New York face cream heiress Daisy Appleby in the state. And where the single American ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Eugene Pallette
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A poor boy and the Prince of Wales exchange identities, but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Mark Lester
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Teenager Homer Macauley stays at home in small-town Ithaca to support his family, while his older brother Marcus prepares to go to war.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Tom Canty (as The Mauch Twins)
Robert J. Mauch ...
Prince Edward (as The Mauch Twins)
...
...
Lionel Pape ...
Second Lord
Leonard Willey ...
...
Hugo
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Archbishop
...
Barmaid
...
Clemens (as Ivan Simpson)
...

What You Missed at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

From the madness of the convention floor to the emotional panel reveals and star-studded interviews, catch up on all the unforgettable sights from Comic-Con.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Mark Twain's Immortal Classic !


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe y el mendigo  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Freddie Bartholomew was originally considered for the central dual role. Instead, real-life twins Billy Mauch and Robert J. Mauch were hired. 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.
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

This is not a history, but a tale of once upon a time. It may have happened. It may not have happened. But it could have happened. See more »

Connections

Version of The Prince and the Pauper (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The Roost Song
(uncredited)
Written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and M.K. Jerome
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?