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In 1875 London, young Wheeler (who lives by scavenging) finds a cameo of Queen Victoria, which he thinks so beautiful, he risks his life to save it. Possessed of a desire to see the Queen, he slips past the Beefeaters and wanders about Windsor Castle, just when a state dinner is in preparation. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is struggling hard to persuade the Queen to end her long seclusion.Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Charming adaptation of a story that could very well have happened during the days of Victoria's reign after Prince Albert died.
I am not sure if it is a concoction of the imaginative author or not.
Either way, the heavyweight cast delivers as does the director and production -- and of course -- the charming Mudlark simply named "Wheeler". Here is a tale where our imaginations are treated to a fantasy of grand proportions. The comedy of errors during some scenes are enough to make us all giggle. Dunne and Guiness were wonderful!
I have not heard where Andrew Ray wound up. Does anyone know of his whereabouts?
This unlikely Anglophile gives it 10 thumbs up!
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