The Prince and the Pauper (1937)


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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 (Montagu Love), gives birth to the heir to the throne, the later Edward VI (Bobby Mauch), Tom Canty (Billy Mauch) is born in the … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Mark Twain, Laird Doyle
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On DVD: Aug 26, 2003


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 Archbishop

as Grandmother Canty

as Father Andrews

as Clemens

as Jane Seymour

as Rich Man

as St. John

as Tom Canty's Mother

as Lady Elizabeth

as Meaty Man

as First Guard

as Man in Window

as One-Eyed Beggar

as Innkeeper

as Lady Jane Grey

as Proprietor

as The Watch
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Critic Reviews for The Prince and the Pauper

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It's fine as passable entertainment.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Smart Twain adaptation with plenty of derring-do

October 28, 2005
Film Journal International

Fairly fun Flynn.

January 4, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

June 19, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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.


This is such an enjoyable and wonderful film. It may not be the most faithful adaptation of the book, but it is the most entertaining version. The Mauch twins do a fantastic job, Errol Flynn is at his dashing best and a stellar supporting cast, with Claude Rains giving an outstanding performance. Great story, good production, excellent art direction and costumes. A delight.

James Higgins

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