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The Mudlark (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 28 November 1950 (USA)
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, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), Theodore Bonnet (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Queen Victoria
Alec Guinness ... Benjamin Disraeli
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Wheeler
Beatrice Campbell Beatrice Campbell ... Lady Emily Prior
Finlay Currie ... John Brown
Anthony Steel ... Lieutenant Charles McHatten
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Sergeant Footman Naseby
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Lady Margaret Prior
Constance Smith ... Kate Noonan
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

At last it's here! The story of the kid who wanted to sit on the Queen's throne! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Dreckspatz und die Königin See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"I've never heard overpopulation complained of in time of war. I can't remember having heard, for instance, that there were too many Britons at Waterloo." See more »

Quotes

Wheeler, the Mudlark: [asking about going to meet the queen] Are you sure it's all right, sir?
John Brown: What?
Wheeler, the Mudlark: You're a bit sozzled, ain't ya, sir?
John Brown: Sozzled?
Wheeler, the Mudlark: Yes sir, you've been in the bottle a bit, you know?
John Brown: [rises to his feet a bit unsteadily] Only enough to keep off infection, laddie.
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Connections

Version of Victoria & Albert (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by Carolers during the Christmas season
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Charming from Beginning to End
22 January 2003 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

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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