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Victoria the Great (1937)

 -  Drama | History  -  28 October 1937 (USA)
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The period locomotive seen in this film is called "The Lion". It was one of the very first locomotives in the world, and was built in 1837 to transport passengers and luggage on the world's first passenger railway line between Liverpool and Manchester. It was rediscovered in 1923 and restored to working order. It is now on display in the Museum of Liverpool. See more »

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Prince Albert: If an Englishman grows sentiments, he goes out into the garden and shoots himself.
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Music by Henry Carey
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Anton Prince of Sax Coburg
22 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It was inspired casting to give the part of Prince Albert to Anton Walbrook while Anna Neagle looked far too glamorous as the Princess Victoria when compared to the many photos extant of her which show a rather plain dumpy woman about 4ft 11ins in height.I've always been a fan of Anton Walbrook ever since I saw him as Lermontov in "The Red Shoes" and as the menacing fraudster who tries to drive his wife mad in "Gaslight" (1940).I can still hear that slow, menacing, Teutonic voice

  • "you're going mad my dear".It is so much more satisfying when an


actor is the same nationality as his character as it gives verisimilitude to the portrayal.

The producer cannot change the historical facts but I liked the parade of famous politicians - Lord Melbourne, Gladstone, Disraeli, the Duke of Wellington.Of course the screenwriter included the famous remark attributed to Victoria about Gladstone who was pompous when speaking at their weekly meetings on the affairs of state; " he speaks to me as if he is addressing a public meeting".I was intrigued by the 1840s train, did they arrange for its loan from the railway museum at York? The film accurately shows the effort Albert went to organise "The Great Exhibition" in Hyde Park in 1851.Victoria was loath initially for Albert to help her with the state papers deeming it unconstitutional but later in their marriage he gave her considerable advice and help to such an extents that when he died prematurely in 1861 she was bereft of his counsel.

It was a big learning curve for Albert too learning about the British constitution.As a member of the aristocracy, he was not made to feel welcome when he went to the House of Commons to hear an important debate.He was a talented pianist and amateur scientist hence his idea about the Great Exhibition.The Royal Albert Hall was erected to his memory and is still today a venue for music, concerts, and sporting contests.It was interesting to see Victoria's Gillie Brown portrayed.A newer film has Dame Judy Dench in the role of Victoria and Billy Connelly as Brown in "Mrs Brown" which I believe won an award.Victoria acceded to the throne in 1837 because her uncle, William IV left no issue.She died on 22/1/1901 at Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight so reigned for 64 years beating the 60 year record set by George III from 1760-1820.

If nothing else you will learn a little of modern British history by watching "Victoria the Great".


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