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The Prime Minister (1941)

The Prime Minister




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Produced by Britain's Teddington Studios on behalf of Hollywood's Warner Bros., the morale-boosting The Prime Minister details the career of 19th century political wizard Benjamin Disraeli, here played by John Gielgud. Filmed in the early months of WW2, the screenplay parallels the diplomatic cunning of Disraeli with the more recent maneuvers of Sir Winston Churchill. This is especially obvious when Disraeli takes on the Prussian Empire during the 1878 Berlin conference, emerging triumphant over a flock of stock-company crypto-fascists. In the role of Queen Victoria, Fay Compton proves a worthy sparring partner for "Dizzy", while Stephen Murray is equally effective as the Prime Minister's principal parliamentary antagonist Gladstone. Other minor roles are vividly realized by actors ranging from venerable Will Fyffe to teenager Glynis Johns.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
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Written By: Brock Williams, Michael Hogan
Warner Bros.


John Gielgud
as Benjamin Disraeli
Diana Wynyard
as Mary Disraeli
Fay Compton
as Queen Victoria
Will Fyffe
as The Agitator
Stephen Murray
as William E. Gladstone
Owen Nares
as Lord Derby
Nicholas Hannen
as Sir Robert Peel
Lyn Harding
as Bismarck
Pamela Standish
as Princess Victoria
Leslie Perrins
as Earl of Salisbury
Vera Bogetti
as Lady Blessington
Anthony Ireland
as Capt. d'Orsay
Irene Browne
as Lady Londonderry
Frederick Leister
as Lord Melbourne
Nicolas Hannan
as Sir Robert Peel
Barbara Everest
as Baroness Lehzen
Kynaston Reeves
as Lord Stanley
Gordon McLeod
as John Brown
Glynis Johns
as Miss Sheridan
Joss Ambler
as Earl of Carnarvon
Nadine March
as Mary Anne's Maid
Andrea Troubridge
as Miss Sheridan
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A ham-fisted biopic about the astute 19th century British politician Benjamin Disraeli.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
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