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The Vicar of Bray (1937)

Musical set in the Civil War period about a vicar who, by adjusting his policies, manages to retain his living under both king and Cromwell. Based on a traditional story and song.


Henry Edwards


Anson Dyer (an original story by), H. Fowler Mear (additional dialogue and adaptation)


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Complete credited cast:
Stanley Holloway ... The Vicar of Bray
Hugh Miller Hugh Miller ... King Charles I
K. Hamilton Price K. Hamilton Price ... Prince Charles Stuart
Felix Aylmer ... The Earl of Brendon
Margaret Vines ... Lady Norah Brendon
Garry Marsh ... Sir Richard Melross
Esmond Knight ... Dennis Melross
Martin Walker Martin Walker ... Sir Patrick Condon
Eve Gray Eve Gray ... Meg Clancy
Kitty Kirwan Kitty Kirwan ... Molly
Fred O'Donovan Fred O'Donovan ... Tim Connor


Musical set in the Civil War period about a vicar who, by adjusting his policies, manages to retain his living under both king and Cromwell. Based on a traditional story and song.

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Release Date:

13 December 1937 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Visatone Sound Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is based on the satirical 18th century song, The Vicar of Bray, about a clergyman who changes his religion and allegiance to suit whichever monarch comes to power and thus always retains his position. The chorus of the song is: "And this is the law I will maintain until my dying day, Sir, That whatsoever King shall reign I'll be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!" Although the film is set in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, the original song was about a certain vicar of the village of Bray in Berkshire, England, more than 250 miles away. See more »


Prince Charles' lover is an actress, at a period when women were banned from legitimate theater. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The tragic reign of Charles the First. At the palace of Whitehall, the King, beset by problems, receives his Irish friend and Counsellor, Lord Brendon. See more »


Music by S. Mercado
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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intrigues in the court of charles 1
10 February 2002 | by jolter41See all my reviews

i viewed this engaging film "way back when"...when tv was relegated to showing british films in the early fifties, and american films were only "b"'s and worse. "vicar of bray" i recall, unfortunately only dimly,after 50 years. stanley holloway is the vicar who leaves his flock in bray, co. wicklow and heads for the intrigues of the court of charles I. i can't remember if the vicar were roman catholic or c of i as charles may well have been a secret catholic. i recall a great dockside scene with his adoring flock cheering the vicar a fond farewell and the vicar and flock singing a rousing rendition of "i'll be back to dear ol' ireland in the morning". i'd love to see this movie again, but i don't see it available anywhere i've looked; maltin's reviews, massive though it is, doesn't include the movie at all.

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