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Writers:
Mark Twain (novel)
Laird Doyle (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 May 1937 (USA) See more »
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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

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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)
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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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118 min
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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:
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:
Factual errors: The coat of arms that appears at the title sequence shows two dragons holding the shield. It should instead be the lion of England at the dexter side, and the Dragon of Wales at the sinister.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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
It's Awful in Offal Court, 13 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The reign of Edward VI of England would be little remembered if it not were for the writing of this story by an American of all people, Mark Twain. In point of fact Edward Tudor ascended the English throne in 1547, the son of Henry VIII and died six years later, not even reaching his maturity. His reign, such as it was, was marked by a struggle for power by several factions of nobles. That story can be seen in the films Young Bess and also in Lady Jane. There was no happily ever after endings for young Tudor.

At first glance it wouldn't seem possible that Samuel Langhorne Clemens of Hannibal, Missouri could write a classic tale about medieval England. But thinking about it, is the poverty and young Tom Canty's dealing with it in Offal Court all that different from Huckleberry Finn? Is his father, a coarse and brutal man beautifully played by Barton MacLane, all that different from Huck Finn's pap?

Twain knew his characters well and it he had any trouble with getting the idiom just right he need only have looked to Charles Dickens who was writing about just such people a generation before.

The story is simply that Tom Canty, a beggar boy from Offal Court in London gets into the palace of the king and meets up with young Prince Edward. They look alike enough to be twins and in fact they are played by twin brothers Billy and Bobby Mauch. They exchange places and the switch works only too well.

Top billed in the film is Errol Flynn who plays the fictional Miles Hendon, soldier of fortune just returned from the continent. Flynn was the biggest name in the cast, but the film is half over before he makes his appearance. In point of fact, he's really in support of the Mauch twins. It's Flynn's third appearance with sword in hand for Warner Brothers after Captain Blood and Charge of the Light Brigade.

This film also marks Flynn's first film with Alan Hale who appeared in eleven films with Errol. A film wasn't official at Warner Brothers unless either Alan Hale or Frank McHugh was in it. Jack Warner kept both those guys real busy.

Also in the film are Henry Stephenson and Claude Rains who play competing nobles vying to be top man in their minority monarch's reign. As I said unfortunately that marked Edward VI's entire time on England's throne.

But we have Mark Twain in his classic story and the brothers Warner to thank for bringing Edward VI's story to life for generations to come. I wonder if during his short life, young Edward might really have wished to escape what he had, even if it meant a place like Offal Court.

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