The Mudlark (1950)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  28 November 1950 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 514 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 2 critic

In 1875 London, young Wheeler (who lives by scavenging) finds a cameo of Queen Victoria which he thinks so beautiful he risks his life to save it. Possessed of a desire to see the Queen, he... See full summary »



(screen play), (based on the novel by)
0Check in
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Promoter (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson
The Prisoner (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a prince of his church, and a popular hero of this people, for his resistance against the Nazis during the war and afterward his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Wilfrid Lawson
Last Holiday (1950)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a lonely, unappreciated farm equipment salesman discovers he has only weeks to live, he withdraws his savings for a final holiday at a 'posh' resort.

Director: Henry Cass
Stars: Alec Guinness, Beatrice Campbell, Kay Walsh
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and sundry other urban distractions.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The bigamist captain of a ferry boat between the restricted British colony in Gibraltar and Spanish Morocco has a woman of differing appeal and temperament in each port.

Director: Anthony Kimmins
Stars: Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson
The Detective (1954)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch
Malta Story (1953)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1942 Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Stars: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick, being equal parts patriotic and lonely, keeps them as prisoners of war in his ... See full summary »

Director: Gottfried Reinhardt
Stars: Alec Guinness, Mike Connors, Paul Dahlke
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Monsieur Feydeau has writer's block, and he needs a new play. But he takes an opportunity to observe the upper class of 1900 Paris - Monsieur Boniface with a domineering wife, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A middle-aged widower (Guinness) and his son go to Paris on vacation and try to find wives for each other in this charming romantic comedy. In HD.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Odile Versois, Vernon Gray
All at Sea (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A seasick sea captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Alec Guinness, Irene Browne, Maurice Denham
The Scapegoat (1959)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A French count schemes to kill his wife and implicate a mild-mannered English schoolteacher whom he resembles

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey


Complete credited cast:
Andrew Ray ...
Beatrice Campbell ...
Anthony Steel ...
Raymond Lovell ...
Marjorie Fielding ...
Constance Smith ...
Edward Rigby ...
Ronan O'Casey ...


In 1875 London, young Wheeler (who lives by scavenging) finds a cameo of Queen Victoria which he thinks so beautiful he risks his life to save it. Possessed of a desire to see the Queen, he slips past the Beefeaters and wanders about Windsor Castle, just when a state dinner is in preparation. Meanwhile, prime minister Disraeli is struggling hard to persuade the Queen to end her long seclusion Written by Rod Crawford <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Approved | See all certifications »





Release Date:

28 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Dreckspatz und die Königin  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


"I've never heard overpopulation complained of in time of war. I can't remember having heard, for instance, that there were too many Britons at Waterloo." See more »


Wheeler, the Mudlark: [asking about going to meet the queen] Are you sure it's all right, sir?
John Brown: What?
Wheeler, the Mudlark: You're a bit sozzled, ain't ya, sir?
John Brown: Sozzled?
Wheeler, the Mudlark: Yes sir, you've been in the bottle a bit, you know?
John Brown: [rises to his feet a bit unsteadily] Only enough to keep off infection, laddie.
See more »


Version of Victoria & Albert (2001) See more »


Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by Carolers during the Christmas season
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The black veil of mourning is lifted
19 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Mudlark is a story of a dark period of mourning in British history. So few love matches are found in the history of royalty that when one does occur, it's treated with great reverence. So it was with Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert who gave her a bunch of kids that have insured the succession down to today.

Albert died toward the end of 1861 of typhoid fever and Victoria went into an unusually long period of mourning. She boarded herself up in Windsor Castle, conducted her state business there, and made no public appearances for well over a decade.

Now it's the Mid-1870s and the monarchy is losing its appeal. Subjects like to see their ruler every now and then, but Victoria will not leave her seclusion.

All that is disturbed when a young street urchin played by Andrew Ray for whom the Queen has taken on mythic proportions has journeyed from London and crashed Windsor Castle, disrupting things pretty good. Of course security is breached, but Victoria gets a lesson in her duties and obligations as Queen.

Irene Dunne in her next to last big screen appearance plays a regal and imperious Victoria. A good supporting cast is led by Alec Guinness as Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and Finlay Currie as John Brown her equerry and companion. Currie is the best in this film, he fits my conception of Brown as the rough Scot who likes his drink, but loves his monarch.

An interesting tale of how the black veil of mourning for Queen Victoria is lifted.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Andrew Ray ernestcpearson
I liked it, but.... ronricho
A Gem IsleOfDogs
Discuss The Mudlark (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page