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The Mudlark (1950)

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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 »



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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 <>

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28 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Dreckspatz und die Königin  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Alec Guinness (Benjamin Disraeli) and Andrew Ray (Wheeler) both played Herbert Pocket in adaptations of Charles Dickens' 1861 novel "Great Expectations": Guinness in Great Expectations (1946) and Ray in Great Expectations (1974). 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.
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Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by Carolers during the Christmas season
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A wonderful warm film with an endearing cast.
23 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the Mudlark when it first came out in 1950 and have not seen it since. I remember the Mudlark as a very charming film and would love to see it again. If anyone is aware of available Video Tapes (NTSC) or DVDs of the Mudlark, please let me know. I remember the stirring performances of Alec Guinness (always top rate) and Finlay Currie. The little boy who plays the role of the Mudlark is really endearing and you pull for him in his quest to see the reclusive Queen Victoria. Thy British film industry of that time certainly was able to come up with some real classics. The ten years following WW 2 must have been the pinnacle of British film. I can't understand how such a first rate film can just disappear...Jim Mills

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