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The Young Mr. Pitt (1942)

This biopic tells the story of the life of Pitt The Younger, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain at the age of twenty-four.


Carol Reed


Viscount Castlerosse (dramatic narrative), Viscount Castlerosse (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... The Earl of Chatham and William Pitt
Geoffrey Atkins Geoffrey Atkins ... William Pitt as a boy
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Sparry
Robert Morley ... Charles James Fox
Phyllis Calvert ... Eleanor Eden
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... George the Third
Agnes Lauchlan Agnes Lauchlan ... Queen Charlotte (as Agnes Loughlan)
John Mills ... William Wilberforce
Felix Aylmer ... Lord North
Ian McLean Ian McLean ... Dundas
Max Adrian ... Sheridan
A. Bromley Davenport A. Bromley Davenport ... Sir Evan Nepean (as Bromley Davenport)
John Salew John Salew ... Smith
Herbert Lom ... Napoleon
Albert Lieven ... Talleyrand


William Pitt the Younger, son of a famous politician father, becomes the youngest Prime Minister England has ever known, wins an election on the promise of peace and prosperity, yet ironically ends up as the presiding spirit of an interminable war with Revolutionary France. Both his health and his private life suffer from the strain. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Biography | Drama


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Did You Know?


A year after playing George III in The Young Mr Pitt, Raymond Lovell played his son, the Prince Regent in "The Man in Grey" (1943). See more »


Mrs. Carr: He's got to have some time to himself, working like a dog in Downing Street, trying to put right what our generals have done wrong. He's entitled to an hour or two with his girl, isn't he?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits: "The speeches by the Earl of Chatham and William Pitt in the Houses of Parliament are authentic". See more »


Referenced in Millions Like Us (1943) See more »


Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Louis Levy
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Rousing the British people once again.
25 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Young Mr. Pitt" is a type of propaganda film that the British film industry made...and made quite well. Instead of filling the movie with evil Nazis, the movie is about another period in time...a period when the British people all banded together to defeat a different tyrant.

The film begins just before the American Revolution and focuses briefly on William Pitt the Elder. There are a few scenes with him and his very young son. Now, the film jumps ahead to just before the French Revolution. Young Pitt now is a member of the House of Lords like his father...and soon he'll be appointed the youngest Prime Minister in British history. The film follows him throughout the French Revolutionary period through the Napoleonic Wars.

Robert Donat is wonderful playing both Pitt the Elder and Younger. And, the film looks marvelous and is very well made. It essentially pushes the viewer toward patriotism as well as emphasizes that although the battle may be long, victory is on the horizon....just like WWII. An exceptional film that is probably much more interesting for British viewers or nuts like me who love history.

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Release Date:

21 September 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven Mr. Pitt See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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