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A poor boy named Tom Canty and the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.
Freddie Bartholomew was originally considered by MGM for the central dual role. However, real-life twins Billy Mauch and Robert J. Mauch were already under contract with Warner Bros who used them for the Prince and the Pauper when the film was finally shot.
Please, sir, how much longer must I do this?
Earl of Hertford: This is the last, sire.
Tom Canty: "Authorizes an increased tax on windows..." Do you mean to say we have a tax on windows?
Earl of Hertford: May I suggest that your majesty cease troubling himself about...
Tom Canty: But I'm head of the government...
Near the end of the movie Lord St. John rushes to Edward's room to retrieve the Great Seal. As he leaves the room at 1:47:49 without the Great Seal the door is left partially open; in the very next shot of two guards standing at a door, the door is closed. But notice as he comes out that the lines in the floor design run parallel to the length of the hall, but the door to Edward's chamber is at a 45 degree angle with the floor lines. In what appears to be a reaction insert shot at 1:47:53 where the door is closed, the door is parallel to the floor lines, which means this is a different door, further down the hallway along which Lord St. John runs past numerous posted guards.
This is not a history, but a tale of once upon a time. It may have happened. It may not have happened. But it could have happened.
An advanced search on the British Board of Film Classification site www.bbfc.co.uk for 'The Prince and the Pauper' lists three times that the 1937 movie was submitted. On 29 Apr 1937 a version on film with 121m 44s run-time submitted for classification by Warner Bros Pictures Ltd was classified U with no cuts. On 17 Apr 2009 a video version (probably on DVD) with 117m 30s run-time submitted for classification by Orbit Media Ltd was classified U with no cuts.