Prince and the Pauper

Prince and the Pauper

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Director: William Keighley

Cast: Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson

     
 

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In 1882, Mark Twain published a delightful fairy tale "for young people of all ages"; 45 years later, Warner Bros., inspired by the real-life coronation of Edward VII, created a lavish screen version starring radio favorites Billy and Bobby Mauch in the title roles and Errol Flynn as their dashing savior. As Jane Seymour (Helen Valkis), consort of King Henry VIII… See more details below

Overview

In 1882, Mark Twain published a delightful fairy tale "for young people of all ages"; 45 years later, Warner Bros., inspired by the real-life coronation of Edward VII, created a lavish screen version starring radio favorites Billy and Bobby Mauch in the title roles and Errol Flynn as their dashing savior. As Jane Seymour (Helen Valkis), consort of King Henry VIII (Montagu Love), gives birth to the heir to the throne, the later Edward VI (Bobby Mauch), Tom Canty (Billy Mauch) is born in the nearby slums. Years later, as King Henry is near death, providence brings the two together and they discover that they share a striking resemblance. Having changed clothes with Tom during play, Edward Tudor is mistaken for a pauper by the Captain of the Guard (Alan Hale) and evicted from the palace. In contrast, Tom is believed to be the Prince of Wales by all of sundry and, when protesting, is treated as mentally unsound. Only the Earl of Hertford (Claude Rains), the king's scheming advisor, realizes the truth but keeps quiet to further his own career. With a price on his head, the real Edward lives the life of a pauper among the thieves and beggars of London, befriended only by Miles Hendon (Flynn), whom he, to Miles' great amusement, creates an earl. But despite his skepticism, Miles is right there to rescue Edward from the murderous Captain of the Guard and return him to the palace just as Tom is about to be crowned king. Proving his true identity by locating the missing Seal of England, Edward is restored to the throne and Hertford is banished from the realm. Miles is recognized for his bravery and Tom is made a ward of the king for life.

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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:
05/17/2012
UPC:
0883316486146
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
380

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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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Prince and the Pauper
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 Cuttthroats [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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