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The Prince and the Pauper: The Pauper King 

In London of 1537, two boys resembling each other meet accidentally and exchange "roles" for a short while. After many adventures, the prince regains his rightful identity and graciously makes his "twin" a ward of the court.


Don Chaffey


Mark Twain (novel), Jack Whittingham (adaptation)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Williams ... Miles Hendon
Laurence Naismith ... Earl of Hertford
Donald Houston ... John Canty
Sean Scully Sean Scully ... Prince Edward / Tom Canty
Niall MacGinnis ... Father Andrew
Geoffrey Keen ... Yokel
Walter Hudd ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Paul Rogers ... Henry VIII
Dorothy Alison ... Mrs. Canty
Jane Asher ... Lady Jane Grey
Peter Butterworth Peter Butterworth ... Will the Knifegrinder
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Landlord
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Princess Mary
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Guard
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Sir Goeffrey


In London of 1537, two boys resembling each other meet accidentally and exchange "roles" for a short while. After many adventures, the prince regains his rightful identity and graciously makes his "twin" a ward of the court.

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Release Date:

6 May 1962 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


(3 Episodes) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In The Prince and the Pauper (1962) both Prince Edward and the pauper Tom Canty are played by Sean Scully. In scenes where both characters are to appear together, the scenes were often shot twice and mattes (or masks) were used to combine the two film strips into a third composite film strip in a frame-by-frame process using an optical printer. In one film strip, Sean Scully would play Prince Edward and a stand-in would play Tom Canty, while in the other film strip they would reverse their roles. In reverse shots where one of them is seen only from the back, a stand-in can be used and no compositing is necessary, as at 12:48 where the Prince first speaks to Tom at Westminster Palace and Tom is seen from behind. In side-by-side shots where Prince Edward stays on one side of the frame and Tom Canty stays on the other side of the frame, a static matte can be used to cover the side with the stand-in on the first film strip and the reverse of that matte can be used to cover the side with the stand-in on the second film strip and an optical printer can quickly produce the composite film strip. The shot starting at 15:43 where Prince Edward walks around Tom Canty while both of their faces are visible require traveling mattes that change from frame to frame (at 24 frames per second) making the process much more labor intensive. In the shot with the mirror at 16:33, first Sean Scully dressed as a pauper and a stand-in dressed as a prince (for whom this is a reverse shot) are filmed standing in front of a "mirror" that is a blue or green screen (to make masking easier), then Sean Scully must be filmed two more times for the reflections, once dressed as a pauper, duplicating his movements from the first film strip, and once dressed as a prince, duplicating the movements of his stand-in from the first film strip, then the second and third film strips must be composited into a fourth film strip for the mirror reflection, and finally this fourth film strip must be composited with the first film strip. Notice in the mirror scene that the movements of neither reflection is well coordinated with the movements in front of the mirror. When the boy dressed as a prince approaches the mirror, he takes one last step forward on his left foot causing him to sway left, but his reflection stays perfectly steady. When Sean Scully dressed as a pauper says "I swear to you, no one will know the difference", his head bobs up and down as he says "you" but his reflection is slow to bob. See more »


When the Prince and Tom stand in front of the mirror after switching clothes, neither reflection is well coordinated with the actions in front of the mirror. The scene is repeated at the end of the film when Tom is trying to refresh the Prince's memory of where the Great Seal was placed. See more »

Alternate Versions

The three 'Prince and the Pauper' 50-minute TV episodes in the US (March 11, 18 & 25, 1962) were simultaneously condensed into one 93 min 27 sec theatrical film, 'The Prince and the Pauper', in the UK (May 6, 1962). See more »

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Very Cute
18 July 2001 | by Jade-16See all my reviews

I've never read Twain's story, but I wanted to see this particularly because of Guy Williams, best known for his hit TV series "Zorro". I don't know if this is an accurate portrayal of the book, but I liked it and was glad I stayed up until four in the morning to watch it on the Disney Channel!

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