The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
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|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics|
|Directed By:||William Keighley, Alan Hale, Barton MacLane, Billy Mauch, Bobby Mauch, Claude Rains, Eric Portman, Errol Flynn, Henry Stephenson, Leonard Willey, William Dieterle|
|Written By:||Laird Doyle, Mark Twain|
|In Theaters:||May 8, 1937 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 26, 2003|
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as Prince Edward
as Tom Canty
as Miles Hendon
as Earl of Hertford
as Duke of Norfolk
as John Canty
as Captain of the Guard
as 1st Lord
as Henry VIII
as Lord Warwick
as Grandmother Canty
as Father Andrews
as Jane Seymour
as Rich Man
as St. John
as Tom Canty's Mother
as Lady Elizabeth
as Meaty Man
as Man in Window
as One-Eyed Beggar
as Lady Jane Grey
as The Watch
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Critic Reviews for The Prince and the Pauper
Smart Twain adaptation with plenty of derring-do
Fairly fun Flynn.
Audience Reviews for The Prince and the Pauper
Okay version of story, rather lifeless until Errol shows up but thats about an hour in and its rather precious up to that point.
There is either a mad prince or a beggar on the thrown.
Two little boys run into each other in the back yard of the palace. They decide it would be neat to switch places; the problem, one of the boys is the son of the King of England and the other is a poor boy. When the poor boy has to become the King of England because the king dies, their little game becomes complicated. Can the poor boy work with a local swordsman to find a way back to the throne?
"It may have happened. It may not have happened. But it could have happened."
William Keighley, director of The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Street with No Name, G Men, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Valley of the Giants, and The Match King, delivers The Prince and the Pauper. The storyline for this picture is fun to watch unfold and very entertaining. The script is clever and well written and everyone delivers a solid performance. The cast include Errol Flynn, Alan Hale, Barton MacLane, Claude Rains, and Henry Stephenson.
"One day I'll have your head for calling me that; or maybe your feet, they're more in the way."
This is a movie I DVR'd because it starred the great Errol Flynn. I found the movie fun and was surprised he didn't join the film until it was two-thirds over. Overall, this is a very entertaining picture that is fun and can be enjoyed by the whole family. This is definitely a classic picture that is underrated.
"The king is dead."
The Prince and the Pauper (1937) -- [7.5] -- Twins Billy and Bobby Mauch do very well as the title characters in this lavish production of Mark Twain's oft-told tale of mistaken identity. Claude Rains takes the role of villainy this time, playing an evil Earl who forces the beggar boy to be king for his own selfish gain, while Errol Flynn (at his dashing best) plays the soldier of fortune who helps the exiled prince to reclaim his throne. Beautifully photographed, with spectacular sets and a moving Korngold score, it's a film hard to resist.
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