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Nell Gwyn (1934)

Approved | | History | 22 January 1935 (UK)
King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writer:

Miles Malleson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ... Nell Gwyn
Cedric Hardwicke ... Charles II
Jeanne De Casalis ... Duchess of Portsmouth
Muriel George ... Meg
Helena Pickard Helena Pickard ... Mrs. Pepys
Dorothy Robinson Dorothy Robinson ... Mrs. Knipp
Esme Percy ... Samuel Pepys
Miles Malleson ... Chiffinch
Moore Marriott ... Robin
Craighall Sherry Craighall Sherry ... Ben
Lawrence Anderson ... Duke Of York
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Storyline

King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. But the actress can never hope to be fully accepted by the King's circle despite his constant attentions. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Favorite See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Nell retrieves her hat from Royal Box, the Duchess of Portsmouth mouths something at her. It is the french word 'vache' or 'cow'. See more »

Crazy Credits

DIALOGUE: King Charles II Nell Gwynn Samuel Pepys ADDITIONAL DIALOGUE: Miles Malleson See more »

Alternate Versions

The American censors ordered that footage be added showing King Charles II and Nell marrying, and that a prologue and epilogue be put into the US release of the film showing Nell ending up an old hag in the gutter, with the British-filmed portion of the film presented as a long flashback. See more »

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Featured in Shepperton Babylon (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boys of the Old Brigade
(uncredited)
Arranged by William H. Myddleton
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Surprisingly sophisticated historical yarn
10 April 2002 | by duganekSee all my reviews

This vehicle for the talents (such as they were) of the adorable young Anna Neagle is surprisingly specific about orange-seller Nell Gwynn's rise to power as the favorite mistress of Charles II. Although the bawdy laugh and swagger affected by pure-as-snow Anna portraying little Nell is somewhat unconvincing, the film is fast moving and loads of fun. No Hollywood moral ending here.


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