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 »
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
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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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