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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.

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Duke of Norfolk
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Tom Canty (as The Mauch Twins)
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Prince Edward (as The Mauch Twins)
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Captain of the Guard
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First Lord
Lionel Pape ...
Second Lord
Leonard Willey ...
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Clemens (as Ivan Simpson)
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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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Also Known As:

El príncipe y el mendigo  »

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William Dieterle filled in as director when William Keighley got the flu. Similarly, cinematographer George Barnes took over as director of photography when Sol Polito fell ill. See more »

Goofs

In a scene with Tom Canty (at 0:08:03), Father Andrew is seen wearing modern spectacles. This was not possible in 1547 as the modern style of spectacles, held by temples passing over the ears, was developed some time before 1727, possibly by the British optician Edward Scarlett. 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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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 »


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The Roost Song
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Written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and M.K. Jerome
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A great film
18 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

This version of The Prince and the Pauper had all the ingredients to be good, and it was, great even. Maybe some of the first half of the film takes a little too much time to get going, but everything else really shines. The sets and costumes are very handsome and colourful and the film is sumptuously photographed too. Korngold's score is superb, very sweeping and bombastic, I would go as far to say that it is almost as good as his score for The Adventures of Robin Hood which I have long considered one of the all-time greats in that regard. The dialogue is suitably witty, the swash-buckling itself is energetically and never clumsily choreographed and the story is as timeless as ever. Billy and Bobby Mauch are very endearing as the twins and although he doesn't appear until halfway through Errol Flynn is a gallant charismatic presence. Montagnu Love is a characterful and moving King Henry, but faring best are Claude Rains, doing urbane in a way not many other actors could do, and Alan Hale as a suitably villainous Captain. All in all, a great film, worth noting for Korngold's score, the production values and Rains. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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