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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screen play)
Theodore Bonnet (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
28 November 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
An orphaned child in the court of the Queen See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Irene Dunne ... Queen Victoria

Alec Guinness ... Benjamin Disraeli
Andrew Ray ... Wheeler - the Mudlark
Beatrice Campbell ... Lady Emily Prior

Finlay Currie ... John Brown
Anthony Steel ... Lieutenant Charles McHatten
Raymond Lovell ... Sergeant Footman Naseby
Marjorie Fielding ... Lady Margaret Prior
Constance Smith ... Kate Noonan
Edward Rigby ... The Watchman
Ronan O'Casey ... Slattery
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicholas Amer ... Servant (uncredited)
Pamela Arliss ... Princess Christian (uncredited)
Michael Brooke ... Prince Albert (uncredited)
Ernest Clark ... Hammond (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham ... Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Patricia Davidson ... A Maid in Windsor Castle (uncredited)
George Dillon ... Jailer (uncredited)
Howard Douglas ... Broom (uncredited)
Peter Drury ... Sentry (uncredited)
Peter Dunlop ... Footman (uncredited)
John Fitchin ... Footman (uncredited)
Paul Garrard ... Petey (uncredited)
Neville Gates ... Footman (uncredited)
Irene Gill ... Servant (uncredited)
Alan Gordon ... Disraeli's Valet (uncredited)
Campbell Gray ... Footman (uncredited)
Rowena Gregory ... Servant (uncredited)
Marjorie Gresley ... Meg Bowles (uncredited)
Bob Head ... Dandy Fritch (uncredited)

Patricia Hitchcock ... Servant (uncredited)
Rose Howlett ... Servant (uncredited)

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Tucker (uncredited)
Maureen Janes ... Servant (uncredited)

Barry Jones ... Speaker (uncredited)
Alan Judd ... Sentry (uncredited)
Vi Kaley ... Mrs. Feeney (uncredited)
Gertrude Kaye ... Servant (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Footman (uncredited)
Arthur Lucas ... Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Eric Messiter ... Police Lieutenant Ash (uncredited)
Brian Moorehead ... Footman (uncredited)
Edna Morris ... Servant (uncredited)
Leonard Morris ... Hooker Morgan (uncredited)
Richard Nairne ... Didbit (uncredited)
Roy Nightingale ... Footman (uncredited)
Stanley Osborne ... Servant (uncredited)
Kynaston Reeves ... General Sir Ponsonby (uncredited)
Myles Rudge ... Footman (uncredited)
Grace Denbigh Russell ... Queen's Maid (uncredited)
Ian Selby ... Prince Christian (uncredited)
William Senior ... Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ... Ben Fox (uncredited)
Jean Short ... Victoria (uncredited)
John Stamp ... Sentry (uncredited)
Barry Steele ... Servant (uncredited)
Robin Stevens ... Herbert (uncredited)
Vi Stevens ... Mrs. Dawkins (uncredited)
William Strange ... Sparrow (uncredited)
Maurice Warren ... Christian (uncredited)
Freddie Watts ... Iron George (uncredited)
Albert Whelan ... Devoy (uncredited)
Yoshihide Yanai ... Ah Hook (uncredited)
Patrick Young ... Footman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screen play)

Theodore Bonnet (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal (director of photography) (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Thelma Connell (film editor) (as Thelma Myers)
 
Art Direction by
C.P. Norman 
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
David Aylott .... makeup artist (as Dave Aylott)
 
Production Management
Frank Bevis .... production manager
Robert E. Dearing .... production supervisor
Fred Fox .... production supervisor (as Freddie Fox)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bluey Hill .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
Kevin McClory .... boom operator
Eric Wood .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
W. Percy Day .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator (as Denys Coop)
Maurice Gillett .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Cyril Hartman .... historical advisor
George More O'Ferrall .... dialogue coach
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Hilda Grenier .... dialogue advisor (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
94 min (copyright length) | USA:99 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #14628)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"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 »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Version of The Young Victoria (1963) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Silent Night, Holy NightSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An orphaned child in the court of the Queen, 29 January 2009
Author: George Wright from Canada

A fine film that is mainly forgotten but still worth seeing, it deals with a homeless boy in Victorian London (1876) who rubs shoulders with two of the leading figures of the time – Queen Victoria and Benjamin Disraeli.

A heart-warming story of historical fiction, it displays the formidable acting talent of Irene Dunne and Alex Guinness. Disreali's audience with the Queen at the start draws us into the main themes of the movie. Andrew Ray, as the boy, is exceptional. The great character actor Finlay Currie plays the role of the Queen's friend John Brown, a crusty, boozy Scot and a close companion of the Queen, who takes a personal interest in the boy. (The character of John Brown was also the subject of the movie from the 1990's - Mrs. Brown, played by Dame Judi Dench.)

The role of the mudlark–a child who scavenges on the banks of the Thames is played by Andrew Ray. It was while doing this,that he found a cameo of the Queen. Illiterate and poverty-stricken, he knows nothing about the Queen but when he finds out who she is, he wants to meet her. The discovery of the child during a banquet at Windsor Castle becomes a national story, in which the Prime Minister (Alex Guinness as Disraeli) uses the issue to underscore the need for social reform and to thus win support for his government's program. The speech in the House of Commons is a high point in the movie, as is the widowed Queen's encounter with the boy near the end of the film.

Colourful conversations between Alex Guinness (Disraeli) and Findlay Currie (John Brown) add sparkle to the film as does a well-lubricated Brown as he takes the boy on a tour of the castle.

At the end, Disraeli and Brown, totally different in character, are drawn together by their love of the monarch. The widowed monarch, at first alarmed by the boy's stealing into her private residence, is moved by a second encounter when she learns that he merely wanted to see her. This also suited the Prime Minister's purpose of giving the monarch confidence to come out of seclusion.

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