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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
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The British and American versions of this movie are quite different. The British version, viewed by the AFI Catalogue staff, reports a running time of one hour and thirty-four minutes, while the American version, shown on AMC television, ran one hour and thirty-nine minutes. The following crew credits do not appear in the American version: Margaret Furse (Costume Designer), David Aylott (Make-up Artist), Frank Bevis (Production Manager), R.E. Dearing and Fred Fox (Production Supervisors), Bluey Hill (Assistant Director), Eric Wood (Sound Editor), Denys N. Coop (Camera Operator), and Cyril Hartman (Historical Advisor). The credit for W. Percy Day (Special Effects) does appear in the American version, but apparently, not in the British version. There are also cast differences: Irene Dunne's name alone appears above the title, with Sir Alec Guinness listed first below the title (contrary to his contract requiring him to have co-star billing). Also missing are Edward Rigby (The Watchman) and Ronan O'Casey (Slattery) who are credited in the British version. These two, however, are in the cast list in the New York Times 1951 review, which usually reports only credited cast. See more »
Such proposals as slum clearance, public housing, educational facilities for the poor, are all wise and worthy measures and consequently will be opposed vigorously. The British are a proud and independent people, ma'am, and will not yield to improvement without a stout struggle.
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Irene Dunne wore darn near as much make-up as Lon Chaney Jr. in the Wolfman, to portray the role of Victoria I. She was a much underrated actress and the role fit her like a glove. Then, there's the late Sir Alec Guinness as Disraeli and the incomparable Finlay Curie as John Brown, the only man who had leave to blow his nose in the presence of the Queen. The tale focuses on a "Mudlark," a street urchin who lives off scrounging castaway goods from the mud banks of the Thames, who finds a likeness of Queen Victoria and resolves to visit this "Mother of all England." How this event is used by Disraeli to get her to end her reclusive widowhood is the plot of the story. Alas, no video and no DVD. This superb classic, too good for even its own time shows up from time to time on the late show and if it does, don't miss it. You'll be charmed by some outstanding performances and a winsome story. Oh. Yes, the kid gets to meet the Queen and she does join polite society once more. That much is history.
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