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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.
William Dieterle filled in as director when William Keighley got the flu. Similarly, cinematographer George Barnes took over as director of photography when Sol Polito fell ill.
Prince Edward Tudor:
Are there in any vermin in this?
Tom Canty: So few you'll hardly notice them at all, your highness.
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.
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