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The Young Mr. Pitt (1942)

This biopic tells the story of the life of Pitt The Younger, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain at the age of twenty-four.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Viscount Castlerosse (dramatic narrative), Viscount Castlerosse (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... The Earl of Chatham and William Pitt
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Sparry
Robert Morley ... Charles James Fox
Geoffrey Atkins Geoffrey Atkins ... William Pitt, as a boy
Phyllis Calvert ... Eleanor Eden
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... George the Third
Agnes Lauchlan Agnes Lauchlan ... Queen Charlotte (as Agnes Laughlan)
John Mills ... William Wilberforce
Felix Aylmer ... Lord North
Ian McLean Ian McLean ... Dundas
Max Adrian ... Sheridan
A. Bromley Davenport A. Bromley Davenport ... Sir Evan Nepean (as Bromley Davenport)
John Salew John Salew ... Smith
Herbert Lom ... Napoleon
Albert Lieven ... Talleyrand
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Storyline

William Pitt the Younger, son of a famous politician father, becomes the youngest Prime Minister England has ever known, wins an election on the promise of peace and prosperity, yet ironically ends up as the presiding spirit of an interminable war with Revolutionary France. Both his health and his private life suffer from the strain. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven Mr. Pitt See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Herbert Lom reprised his role as Napoleon Bonaparte in War and Peace (1956), in which Sir John Mills (William Wilberforce) played Platon Karataev. See more »

Quotes

Charles James Fox: Parliament is no place for perambulators.
The Earl of Chatham and William Pitt: Believe me, the country will prefer them to bath-chairs.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits: "The speeches by the Earl of Chatham and William Pitt in the Houses of Parliament are authentic". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Millions Like Us (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 4
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Charles Williams
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A Donat film is never dull
28 March 2019 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Donat lived only a couple of miles from where I live.The house has a blue plaque and a covered drive to save him him from adoring fans.This is a typical wartime biog,when you see Napoleon, see Hitler.The film covers a lot of ground and has a linking narration. This obviously makes it rather episodic. Robert Morley is good as Charles Fox.


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