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The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 8 May 1937 (USA)
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A poor boy named Tom Canty and the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

Directors:

William Keighley, William Dieterle (uncredited)

Writers:

Mark Twain (novel), Laird Doyle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Miles Hendon
Claude Rains ... Earl of Hertford
Henry Stephenson ... Duke of Norfolk
Barton MacLane ... John Canty
Billy Mauch ... Tom Canty (as The Mauch Twins)
Robert J. Mauch Robert J. Mauch ... Prince Edward (as The Mauch Twins)
Alan Hale ... Captain of the Guard
Eric Portman ... First Lord
Lionel Pape Lionel Pape ... Second Lord
Leonard Willey Leonard Willey ... Third Lord
Murray Kinnell ... Hugo
Halliwell Hobbes ... Archbishop
Phyllis Barry ... Barmaid
Ivan F. Simpson ... Clemens (as Ivan Simpson)
Montagu Love ... Henry VIII
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Storyline

On the same day two boys are born: the pauper Tom and prince Edward. As a kid, Tom sneaks into the palace garden and meets the prince. They change clothes with each other but the guards discover them and throw out the prince, since they are almost identical. Nobody believe them when they try to tell the truth. Soon after, the old king dies and the prince will inherit the throne. The evil earl of Hertford attempts to murder the prince to gain power for himself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Mark Twain's Immortal Classic !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El príncipe y el mendigo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Mauch twins' straight hair was curled for the movie. See more »

Goofs

Henry V111's death scene seated in the throne room is invented as he actually died in bed on the 28th January 1547. See more »

Quotes

[the boys are switching clothes - the prince holds up one of Tom's tattered garments]
Prince Edward Tudor: Are there in any vermin in this?
Tom Canty: So few you'll hardly notice them at all, your highness.
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Crazy Credits

This is not a history, but a tale of once upon a time. It may have happened. It may not have happened. But it could have happened. See more »

Alternate Versions

An advanced search on the British Board of Film Classification site www.bbfc.co.uk for 'The Prince and the Pauper' lists three times that the 1937 movie was submitted. On 29 Apr 1937 a version on film with 121m 44s run-time submitted for classification by Warner Bros Pictures Ltd was classified U with no cuts. On 17 Apr 2009 a video version (probably on DVD) with 117m 30s run-time submitted for classification by Orbit Media Ltd was classified U with no cuts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Monkees: The Prince and the Paupers (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Roost Song
(uncredited)
Written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and M.K. Jerome
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A delight for the eyes and ears
5 February 2007 | by normschaeferSee all my reviews

The Prince and the Pauper is a charming and witty film. Errol Flynn, although appearing a little late in the film, gives a great performance as an adventurer who protects what he believes is a delusional boy. The Mauch twins, Billy and Bobby, are perfect foils for Flynn, who's interaction with the Prince of England is touching, warm and comedic. As usual with Flynn's films Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music is brilliant, weaving a childlike main theme with an undercurrent of adventure. Every time you hear the score one almost picture a child giggling, while playing hide-and seek. It is one of Korngold's least known scores, but it is a gem. Flynn was a tragic figure, a larger then life adventurer and lover who 's reputation, after death, naturally, was smeared by a several books, now proved to be false. Truly, a man born in the wrong century. There is no actor capable of pulling off what Flynn did in his hay day. He has been largely ignored by Hollywood. Hypocrites, I think might be an appropriate term to attach to today's Academy moguls. A rake, drunk and scalawag? Yes. But he was the guy who has a least a half dozen classics that have stood the test of time. Unfortunately, the Prince and the Pauper is rarely seen on TV nowadays. A shame. Where would we Walter Mitty's be without the last of the true swashbucklers?


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