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The Young Mr. Pitt (1942)

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This biopic tells the story of the life of Pitt The Younger, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain at the age of 24.

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Phyllis Calvert ...
Eleanor Eden
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Geoffrey Atkins ...
Jean Cadell ...
Mrs. Sparry
Raymond Lovell ...
Agnes Lauchlan ...
Queen Charlotte (as Agnes Laughlin)
Felix Aylmer ...
Lord North
Ian McLean ...
Dundas
Max Adrian ...
A. Bromley Davenport ...
Sir Evan Nepean
John Salew ...
Smith
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Albert Lieven ...
Tallerand
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William Pitt the Younger, son of a famous politician father, becomes the youngest Prime Minister England has ever known, wins an election on the promise of peace and prosperity, yet ironically ends up as the presiding spirit of an interminable war with Revolutionary France. Both his health and his private life suffer from the strain... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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21 September 1942 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El joven Mr. Pitt  »

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Robert Donat wanted Rosamund John to play the role of Eleanor Eden, eventually played by Phyllis Calvert See more »

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Referenced in Millions Like Us (1943) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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Arranged by Louis Levy
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beautifully made and written WW2 propaganda that rises far above that
11 April 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film many years at school when the headmaster, a most enlightened man, had a film collector show it to us one afternoon. It made a lasting impression. It is beautifully made and wittily written. Donat gives an excellent performance as our most brilliant prime minister who gave his life, in effect, in the service of his country. There are also some superb cameos, most notably Robert Moreley as Charles James Fox. It gives an intriguing, if overdrawn, view of 18th century manners and behaviour. The House of Commons scenes, with members imitating clucking chickens to vent their disapproval is memorable. So no change there, then. And look out for the little man at the end of the row in No 10 as Pitt leaves office for the first time. Pitt lived to hear of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, so it is not true, as one reviewer commented, that he died without knowing of Britain's victory over Napoleon. But why, with due respect, is it an American import? It is an essentially British film. Churchill raised the money to make it.


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