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Prince and the Pauper
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The Prince and the Pauper

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Director: William Keighley, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson

Cast: William Keighley, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson


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William Keighley's The Prince And The Pauper (1937) was, along with Norman Taurog's The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (1938), just about the best the Hollywood ever got at adapting Mark Twain's work to the screen. The 1936 movie mixed costume adventure and opulent setting and spectacle into a compelling whole, that was exciting, suspenseful, and enjoyable,


William Keighley's The Prince And The Pauper (1937) was, along with Norman Taurog's The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (1938), just about the best the Hollywood ever got at adapting Mark Twain's work to the screen. The 1936 movie mixed costume adventure and opulent setting and spectacle into a compelling whole, that was exciting, suspenseful, and enjoyable, and offered one of Errol Flynn's most beguiling performances. The DVD is a good job, nicely transferred from a generally crisp and clean source, with good to excellent contrast and detail throughout. The audio is a little sharper on the middle and end reels than in the opening section but otherwise the disc is consistent and consistently rewarding -- the opulence of the sets and the costumes comes through across 70 years, and the Erich Wolfgang Korngold score is presented vividly as well. The main bonus feature is an on-screen essay on Twain adaptations to the screen, and the original trailer, which is in rough shape. The 32 chapters are a good fit with the nearly two-hour movie, breaking down the episodes at just the right points. And the disc opens automatically to a very easy-to-use two-layer menu.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Identical twins who had enjoyed some success on radio, Billy and Bobby Mauch were the perfect choices for playing Mark Twain's star-crossed boys -- despite their American accents. The Prince and the Pauper is a typically lavish production that benefits greatly from the legendary Warner Bros. stock company, in general, and such stalwart players as Claude Rains, Montagu Love, and Elspeth Dudgeon, in particular. Although top-billed Errol Flynn's role is relatively minor, he was never more charming and enjoys the first of no less than 12 encounters with fellow Warnerite Alan Hale. Together, they provide what little true action there is in the film, which was obviously created mostly for the small fry. There is no romance to speak of -- Flynn's fleeting encounter with barmaid Phyllis Barry notwithstanding -- most of the footage being instead awarded to the playful Mauch twins, which is just as it should be. Warner Bros. re-created an impressive copy of Westminster Abbey for the coronation scene (which reportedly took seven days to film) and the studio's masterful technicians lovingly cared for every detail. But without the Mauch brothers, The Prince and the Pauper could easily have been a rather stodgy affair.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Mono]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Mark Twain on the Screen essay; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Chinese, Thai & Korean

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Miles Hendon
Claude Rains Earl of Hertford
Henry Stephenson Duke of Norfolk
Barton MacLane John Canty
Billy Mauch Tom Canty
Robert A'Dair First Guard
Phyllis Barry Barmaid
Lionel Belmore Innkeeper
Harry Beresford The Watch
Sidney Bracey Man in Window
Lionel Braham Ruffler
Harry Cording Guard
Elspeth Dudgeon Grandmother Canty
Rex Evans Rich Man
Mary Field Mrs. Canty
Alan Hale Captain of the Guard
Forrester Harvey Meaty Man
Holmes Herbert First Doctor
Halliwell Hobbes Archbishop
Leyland Hodgson Watchman
Ann Howard Lady Jane Grey
Murray Kinnell Hugo
Fritz Leiber Father Andrews
Montagu Love Henry VIII
Ian MacLaren Doctor
Lester Matthews St. John
Bobby Mauch Prince Edward
Lionel Pape Second Lord
Eric Portman First Lord
Clifford Severn Urchin
Ivan Simpson Clemens
Ernie Stanton Guard
Helen Valkis Jane Seymour
Robert Warwick Lord Warwick
Leonard Willey Third Lord
Tom Wilson One-Eyed Beggar
Ian Wolfe Proprietor

Technical Credits
William Keighley Director
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Laird Doyle Screenwriter
Mark Twain Source Author
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Lord Producer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
James Gibbon Special Effects
Richard Van Enger Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits and Foreword [1:28]
2. Two Newborns [4:24]
3. If Tom Were King [4:08]
4. Tom's Book [1:44]
5. Palace Rat [3:31]
6. A Father's Advice [4:52]
7. The Great Seal [2:51]
8. Prince Meets Pauper [3:00]
9. Mirror Images [5:12]
10. Not Themselves [4:48]
11. "This Is My Son!" [4:25]
12. Fallen Crown [3:30]
13. That Would Be Murder [2:52]
14. Tale of Two Boys [4:13]
15. Sticking His Nose In [:19]
16. Have a Seat [3:22]
17. Nice Flavor [5:20]
18. Skinning a Rat [3:32]
19. Father Andrew Slain [2:21]
20. Norfolk Jailed [3:43]
21. Foo-Foo the First [5:28]
22. The Running Fox [4:32]
23. What's Coming to Him [2:27]
24. Pair of Cutthroats [4:37]
25. Preparing to Die [2:39]
26. Without a Doubt [3:53]
27. Coronation Ceremony [2:21]
28. One King Too Many [7:08]
29. Where's the Seal? [3:39]
30. His Majesty Rules [5:49]
31. Sealed and Cracked [3:05]
32. Cast List [1:24]


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The Prince and the Pauper 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a tale! The entire cast is just great, especially the Mauch twins. As Yogi Berra said, don't miss this one if you can.
Walkerjay More than 1 year ago
A fun old time movie,(has to be with Errol Flynn and Claude Rains in it), but enjoyable, I saw this when I was a kid and liked it and now as an adult I still enjoyed it. Thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Prince & The Pauper (1937) is based on the much loved Mark Twain classic. In a nutshell, the plot centers on twins, one the spoiled heir to the English throne, Prince Tudor (Bobby Mauch) the other, Tom Canty (Bill Mauch) a beggar with a heart of gold. When the two accidentally cross paths they become best friends and secretly trade places, much to the chagrin of one of the king's advisors, the Earl of Hertford (Claude Rains) who is plotting to kill the heir and take over the throne. Into this fray of royal intrigue enters fortune hunter, Mile Hendon (Errol Flynn). His wily spirit not withstanding, Hendon vows to set everything right for king, country and a healthy financial reward. It all ends pleasantly enough in a sword and swashbuckling sort of way and a coronation sequence that is probably one of the most lavish bits of spectacle ever put on film. The Mauch twins never did much in Hollywood after this film ¿ a genuine pity since they¿re one of the reasons this film has retained its original luster for so many years since. WARNER HOME VIDEO gives us a generally solid looking transfer that is sure to please. The gray scale has been balanced with solid blacks and very nice renderings of fine detail. Certain scenes exhibit a touch of edge enhancement and a hint of pixelization, but nothing that will distract from this visually stunning film adaptation. The sound elements are somewhat more disappointing by contrast. The main title sequence in particular sounds as though the music track was discovered under a rock. It is muffled and full of audible imperfections. Nevertheless, dialogue - for the most part - is presented at an adequate listening level with only the slightest of pops, scratches and hiss. Apart from an essay on sword play and the film¿s theatrical trailer there are NO EXTRAS!