The Prince and the Pauper

1937

The Prince and the Pauper

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Warner Bros.' rousing The Prince and the Pauper is the first talkie version of Mark Twain's fanciful mistaken-identity novel. According to Twain, young Prince Edward, son of Britain's King Henry VIII, had an exact look-alike, a lowborn beggar boy named Tom Canty. Weary of royal protocol, Edward talks Tom into trading places with him. As a result, Tom is thrown into a life-threatening vortex of political intrigue when King Henry dies, while the prince experiences first-hand the cruelties and inequities of Britain's class structure. The overlong climactic coronation scene in Westminster Abbey was obviously intended to cash in on the international excitement surrounding the crowning of Britain's King George VI in early 1937. Top-billed Errol Flynn plays soldier-of-fortune Miles Hendon, who comes to both boys' rescue, while Claude Rains is the scheming Earl of Hertford, who tumbles to Tom Canty's secret but goes along with the Coronation plans in order to advance his own political agenda. The Prince and the Pauper are played by real-life twins Billy and Bobby Mauch, talented veterans of the Let's Pretend radio show who appeared separately and together in a handful of subsequent films before entering the production side of the business as film editors.

Cast

Bobby Mauch
as Prince Edward
Billy Mauch
as Tom Canty
Errol Flynn
as Miles Hendon
Claude Rains
as Earl of Hertford
Henry Stephenson
as Duke of Norfolk
Barton MacLane
as John Canty
Alan Hale
as Captain of the Guard
Eric Portman
as 1st Lord
Montagu Love
as Henry VIII
Robert Warwick
as Lord Warwick
Halliwell Hobbes
as Archbishop
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Grandmother Canty
Fritz Leiber
as Father Andrews
Ivan Simpson
as Clemens
Helen Valkis
as Jane Seymour
Rex Evans
as Rich Man
Mary Field
as Tom Canty's Mother
Gwendolyn Jones
as Lady Elizabeth
Sidney Bracey
as Man in Window
Tom Wilson
as One-Eyed Beggar
Anne Howard
as Lady Jane Grey
Lionel Belmore
as Innkeeper
Ian Wolfe
as Proprietor
Harry Beresford
as The Watch
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Critic Reviews for The Prince and the Pauper

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Audience Reviews for The Prince and the Pauper

  • Aug 07, 2019
    Complications ensue when the prince of the kingdom decides to play-act/pretend he's a commoner, switching clothes with a poor boy, just as the king dies on the throne. Evil rapscallions try to use the opportunity to attempt seizing control of the kingdom. The Mauch Twins are sympathetic and compelling as the titled leads, trying their best to fit into the awkward yet dangerous situations they find themselves in. Errol Flynn's part is actually the worst in the movie, scarcely written at all but to say "he shows up to save the boys", other than that, there's no rationale for him to be in the film at all. Still, an old school film for the entire family, still worthy after years of service!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2008
    Okay version of story, rather lifeless until Errol shows up but thats about an hour in and its rather precious up to that point.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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