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The Prime Minister (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 3 May 1941 (UK)
A biopic of the legendary Benjamin Disraeli, his rise from a foppish young novelist to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and confidante of Queen Victoria.


Thorold Dickinson


Michael Hogan (screenplay), Brock Williams (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
John Gielgud ... Benjamin Disraeli
Diana Wynyard ... Mary Disraeli
Will Fyffe ... The Agitator
Owen Nares ... Lord Derby
Fay Compton ... Queen Victoria
Pamela Standish Pamela Standish ... Princess Victoria
Stephen Murray ... Mr. W.E. Gladstone
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Lord Melbourne
Nicholas Hannen ... Sir Robert Peel
Anthony Ireland ... Count D'Orsay
Irene Browne ... Lady Londonderry


A biopic of the legendary Benjamin Disraeli, his rise from a foppish young novelist to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and confidante of Queen Victoria.

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Release Date:

3 May 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A miniszterelnök See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was John Gielgud's last film until Julius Caesar (1953). See more »


The two Strauß waltzes played at Count D'Orsay's party and attended by a young Disraeli were actually both written after Disraeli's death in 1881. See more »


Benjamin 'Dizzy' Disraeli, aka Lord Beaconsfield- Disraeli: In an autocracy, the leader is the people. Europe is at the mercy of the most ruthless band of autocrats the world has yet seen. I know these dictators, these men of blood and iron, they have one weakness; they are always in a hurry. Their god is power, and its kingdom is on this Earth. They are men without humility and without hearts. The virtues we hold dear they call weaknesses, and what we love they despise. They hold themselves a race apart, divinely ordained to rule the world to the ...
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Alternate Versions

The British version runs 15-20 minutes longer than the version shown in the USA and has a different cast ordering. The ordering in IMDb is based on the American version as shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel. See more »


Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz) op. 437
(1889) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Jack Beaver
Played by the orchestra for dancing at Count D'Orsay's party
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Half of a decent movie
6 September 2008 | by dafriezeSee all my reviews

"The Prime Minister" is Benjamin Disraeli, one of the most determinedly interesting figures of nineteenth-century England. This film is very obviously a piece of wartime propaganda, with a few bits of Socialist speechmaking tossed in as well. Many of Disraeli's famous witty quotes are included (to add authenticity, of course), the costumes and sets are reasonably lavish for a moderately-budgeted film, and the performances are more than adequate. The biggest problem is that the first half of the film is pretty bad, and it's Gielgud's fault. A great actor with a great voice, he had absolutely no idea how to play an ardently romantic young man in love and, given no help from the dialogue, comes off as stiff as a board. About halfway through the film, though, about 25 years in Disraeli's (and England's) life are passed over in a few explanatory titles, and Gielgud suddenly appears as a much older Disraeli, sporting a kind of inverted grin and made up to look remarkably like Raymond Massey as Abraham Lincoln. From this point on, Gielgud is in his glory - he's exciting to listen to, and his facial expressions are pricelessly funny. From this point on, the film picks up steam and doesn't lose impetus until the final frames.

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