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 »
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
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The British and American versions of the film are quite different. The British version, viewed by the AFI Catalog staff, reports a running time of 94 minutes, while the American version, shown on AMC television, ran 99 minutes. The following crew credits do NOT appear in the American version: Margaret Furse (costume designer), David Aylott (makeup artist), Frank Bevis (production manager), Robert E. Dearing and Fred Fox (production supervisors), Bluey Hill (assistant director), Eric Wood (sound editor), Denys N. Coop (camera operator) and Cyril Hartman (historical advisor). The credit for W. Percy Day (special effects) DOES appear in the American version but, apparently, not in the British version. There are also cast differences: Irene Dunne's name alone appears above the title, with Alec Guinness listed first below the title (contrary to his contract requiring him to have co-star billing). Also missing are Edward Rigby (The Watchman) and Ronan O'Casey (Slattery) who are credited in the British version. These two, however, are in the cast list in the New York Times 1951 review, which usually reports only credited cast. See more »
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Quite an under-stated classic with some superb film-noir scenes shot on the river-bank.
Mudlarks, scavengers for anything at all on the Thames' tidal mud-banks, were only one of the Victorian under-class of homeless, often orphan kids forced to scratch a living, some-how, or die without raising an eye-brow in the great metropolis. This film tells how one of these poor kids attempts to see "The Mother of the Country". Andrew Ray, who plays 'Wheeler' died in 2003. The rest of the cast can never quite out-act the young lad though Findlay Currie as the boozy, kind and understanding John Brown comes close.
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