The Mudlark (1950)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  28 November 1950 (USA)
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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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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 »


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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23 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been looking for this film for so many years - only to see the IMDb tells me there is no copy on VHS or DVD.

Does anyone out there have a version I could get a copy of?? I remember Irene Dunne and Alec Guiness as being such wonderful actors. I especially enjoyed Miss Dunne in the earlier version of "Showboat." Who knew she could sing so well. And Sir Alec, of course, did everything well - from "The Man in the White Suit" up to "Star Wars." I'm looking forward to re-watching "Kiind Hearts and Coronets" soon, since it's been years since I've had that pleasure.

I have a vague memory of having read "The Mudlark" when I was much younger. But I've never seen the movie version with two of my favorite actors.

Help! David

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