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Nell Gwyn (1934)

Approved | | History | 22 January 1935 (UK)
King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French ... See full summary »


Herbert Wilcox


Miles Malleson

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Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ... Nell Gwyn
Cedric Hardwicke ... Charles II
Jeanne De Casalis ... Duchess of Portsmouth
Muriel George ... Meg
Helena Pickard Helena Pickard ... Mrs. Pepys
Dorothy Robinson Dorothy Robinson ... Mrs. Knipp
Esme Percy ... Samuel Pepys
Miles Malleson ... Chiffinch
Moore Marriott ... Robin
Craighall Sherry Craighall Sherry ... Ben
Lawrence Anderson ... Duke Of York


King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. But the actress can never hope to be fully accepted by the King's circle despite his constant attentions. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

22 January 1935 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sitting in the balcony just before a performance Nell's maid exchanges increasingly insincere smiles with the Duchess's. At the end, she mouths something to camera, either censored or drowned out by music, and it seems to be: "Wretched bitch- ooh! excuse my language". See more »

Crazy Credits

DIALOGUE: King Charles II Nell Gwynn Samuel Pepys ADDITIONAL DIALOGUE: Miles Malleson See more »

Alternate Versions

The American censors ordered that footage be added showing King Charles II and Nell marrying, and that a prologue and epilogue be put into the US release of the film showing Nell ending up an old hag in the gutter, with the British-filmed portion of the film presented as a long flashback. See more »


Featured in Shepperton Babylon (2005) See more »


Pastorale Dance
from "Nell Gwyn Suite"
Music by Edward German
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Great film!!! Hardwicke shines!
26 December 2006 | by georfra68See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. Sir Cedric Hardwicke is brilliant as the lonely King Charles II. Mostly forgotten today, Hardwicke, in my humble opinion, was the greatest actor of the twentieth century. This is one of his most important screen roles and ranks right beside his portrayals of the bishop in "Les Miserables" and Claude Frollo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" as his best. Hardwicke brings dignity to the role of the womanizing king and portrays him in a kind and sympathetic light rather than the debauched and dissipated image in which Charles is presented today. If only we had Hardwicke's great stage performances preserved on film... Highly recommended for its script, music, and acting (especially Sir Cedric). Don't miss this film!

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