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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Miles Hendon
... Earl of Hertford
... Duke of Norfolk
... John Canty
... Tom Canty (as The Mauch Twins)
Robert J. Mauch ... Prince Edward (as The Mauch Twins)
... Captain of the Guard
... First Lord
Lionel Pape ... Second Lord
Leonard Willey ... Third Lord
... Hugo
... Archbishop
... Barmaid
... Clemens (as Ivan Simpson)
... Henry VIII
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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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8 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe y el mendigo  »

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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 »

Goofs

The coat of arms that appears at the title sequence shows two dragons holding the shield. It should instead be the lion of England at the dexter side (at the right side of the person carrying it) and the Dragon of Wales at the sinister (the left side of the person carrying it), the coat of arms used by Henry VIII (who reigned from 1509 to 1547) in the latter part of his reign. See more »

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[Tom - as the prince - is signing documents]
Tom Canty: Please, sir, how much longer must I do this?
Earl of Hertford: This is the last, sire.
Tom Canty: [starts to read the document] "Authorizes an increased tax on windows..." Do you mean to say we have a tax on windows?
Earl of Hertford: May I suggest that your majesty cease troubling himself about...
Tom Canty: But I'm head of the government. It's my job to be troubled about these things. And I think a tax on windows is cruel... unjust.
Earl of Hertford: The royal treasury is empty, sire. Every means of replenishing it must be ...
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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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Uneven Exchange
29 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

In the slums of 16th century London, young Billy Mauch (as "Pauper" Tom Canty) makes the most of his life as a beggar; though, he is beaten by his father, and thrown in the mud. Meanwhile, royal Bobby Mauch (as "Prince" Edward VI) lives a life of luxury; soon, he will replace father King Henry VIII on the throne. One evening, Pauper Mauch takes refuge from a storm on Prince Mauch's palace grounds. The look-alike boys meet, and strike up a friendship. Prince Mauch invites Pauper Mauch over to the palace, where the two become intrigued by their different lifestyles, and identical appearance. After they exchange clothing, they become separated, by happenstance. When nobody believes their stories, the boys are forced to assume each other's identities.

This is a well-produced version of the Mark Twain classic. Sadly, the unevenly paced scenario does not produce the film classic which was, evidently, possible (considering those involved). The "Mauch Twins" and Claude Rains (as the Earl of Hertford) are especially strong in their portrayals; and, Erich Wolfgang Korngold's soundtrack should be noted. Don't expect to see top-billed Errol Flynn (as Miles Hendon) until later in the film, as a supporting player. Alan Hale, Barton MacLane, Henry Stephenson, and Montagu Love are also worth noting; but, the film's main strengths are Mr. Rains, Mr. Korngold, and the "Mauch Twins".

******* The Prince and the Pauper (5/5/37) William Keighley ~ Billy Mauch, Bobby Mauch, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains


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