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Writers:
Mark Twain (novel)
Laird Doyle (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 May 1937 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Mark Twain's Immortal Classic !
Plot:
Two lookalike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Miles Hendon

Claude Rains ... Earl of Hertford
Henry Stephenson ... Duke of Norfolk

Barton MacLane ... John Canty
Billy Mauch ... Tom Canty (as The Mauch Twins)
Robert J. Mauch ... Prince Edward (as The Mauch Twins)

Alan Hale ... 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 ... Henry VIII
Fritz Leiber ... Father Andrew
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Grandmother Canty
Mary Field ... Mrs. Canty
Forrester Harvey ... Meaty Man
Joan Valerie ... Lady Jane Seymour (as Helen Valkis)
Lester Matthews ... St. John
Robert Adair ... First Guard
Harry Cording ... Second Guard
Robert Warwick ... Lord Warwick
Rex Evans ... Rich Man
Holmes Herbert ... First Doctor
Ian Maclaren ... Second Doctor (as Ian MacLaren)
Anne Howard ... Lady Jane Grey (as Ann Howard)
Gwendolyn Jones ... Lady Elizabeth
Lionel Braham ... Ruffler
Harry Beresford ... The Watch
Lionel Belmore ... Innkeeper

Ian Wolfe ... Proprietor (as Ian Wolf)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Choir (as St. Luke's Choristers)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Aubrey ... Tramp (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
Daisy Belmore ... Cockney (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
Frank Benson ... Beggar (uncredited)
Jack Best ... (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Tinker (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Man in Window (uncredited)
Peter Bronte ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
George Broughton ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
George Bunny ... Cockney (uncredited)
Rita Carlyle ... (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Watchman (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Presbyter (uncredited)
Robert Cory ... (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Lady at Court (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... (uncredited)
Larry Dods ... Horseman (uncredited)
Harry Duff ... Urchin (uncredited)
Fred Ellis ... Urchin (uncredited)
Peter Ellis ... Urchin (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Old man (uncredited)
Leslie Francis ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
John George ... Beggar (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... (uncredited)
Hubert F. Greenwood ... Archbishop (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Beggar (uncredited)
Edward Harvey ... Lord (uncredited)
Patricia Hayes ... (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Watchman #1 (uncredited)
John Hyde ... Man (uncredited)
Noel Kennedy ... Urchin #1 (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Watchman #2 (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Proprietor of Inn (uncredited)
Raymond Lawrence ... Lord (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... (uncredited)
Billy Maguire ... Urchin #2 (uncredited)
Charles McNaughton ... Ugly Man (uncredited)
Doreen Munroe ... (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Mrs. Wilfrid North ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Elsie Prescott ... Woman in Window (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Beggar (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Sexton Ringing Bell (uncredited)
Clifford Severn ... Urchin #3 (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Charlie Simpson ... Cockney (uncredited)
Eric Snowden ... Cockney (uncredited)
John Graham Spacey ... Petty Officer (uncredited)
Ernie Stanton ... Guard (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Spencer Teakle ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
Lotus Thompson ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
Leo White ... Jester (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... One-Eyed Beggar (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... (uncredited)

Directed by
William Keighley 
William Dieterle (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Mark Twain (novel "The Prince and the Pauper")

Laird Doyle (screenplay)

Catherine Chisholm Cushing (dramatic version)

Produced by
Robert Lord .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
George Barnes (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Gibbons .... special effects (uncredited)
Willard Van Enger .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1937) | Norway:7 | USA:Approved (PCA #2932) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
MGM bought the rights to Mark Twain's novel in 1935 for $100,000, but never filmed the story. Eventually, Warner Bros. secured the rights.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
[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 taken.
[...]
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
excellent version of the Twain classic, 2 March 2007
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

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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