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.
Mark Twain's Immortal Classic !
Did You Know?
The Mauch twins were born in 1921, making them 15 when this film was made. However the studio said they were born in 1924, and therefore many articles described them as being twelve at the time of filming. See more
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
[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?
So few you'll hardly notice them at all, your highness.
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
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
The Roost Song
Written by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
and M.K. Jerome See more