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The Mudlark


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  • Actors: Irene Dunne, Alec Guiness, Andrew Ray, Beatrice Campbell, Finlay Currie
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Theodore Bennett
  • Producers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AR30JE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1875 London, a young boy who lives by scavenging on the banks of the River Thames finds a coin with an image of Queen Victoria and risks his life to meet her in person. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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So happy to be able to view it again.
Dorothy Friedman
Alec Guinness in particular as Disraeli is excellent.
John
It is a very interesting and entertaining film.
Jim Tarleton

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jml1931 on January 20, 2012
Format: DVD
This Movie THE MUDLARK is a splendid film with great performances. Especially Irene Dunne as Queen Victoria & Guiness as Disraeli the British P.M. This movie can be purchased from a company in California: MOVIELEADS. This movie from Movieleads will play in Region 1 (USA & CANADA).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dudley J. Tate on April 4, 2013
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"The Mudlark" was made in 1950 and is a classic Twentieth Century Fox produced
British Film that has been neglected for far too long. However, here it is at last, a
film that is rich in characterizations and brilliant performances.

The impeccable cast includes:
Irene Dunne as Queen Victoria
Alec Guinness as Benjamin Disraeli
Andrew Ray as Wheeler ("The Mudlark")
Beatrice Campbell as Lady Emily Prior
Finlay Currie as John Brown
Anthony Steel as Lieutenant Charles McHatten

The story is set in 1875 London and young Wheeler is an orphan and a "Mudlark"
(a child of the streets) who lives by scavenging along the banks of the Thames
River. One day he finds a medallion with the image of Queen Victoria engraved
upon it and it is explained to him that she is the mother of all England. The boy is
impressed and he sets out to meet her. Queen Victoria, however, has shut
herself away in isolation in the palace for many years after the death of her
husband and never ventures out despite Disraeli's constant attempts to convince
her to end her seclusion.

Wheeler manages to by-pass the palace guards unnoticed and gain access to the
palace where he wanders about aimlessly. Eventually, he is apprehended and at
first thought to be part of an Irish plot to assassinate the Queen. He is later
befriended by John Brown who takes him on a guided tour of the palace and into
the throne room where he sits on the throne despite stiff opposition from the
palace dignitaries. The relationship between the Queen and the boy never
becomes intimate and in fact throughout the movie they never meet face to face
until the end of the movie and then it is only for a brief 4 minutes.

The movie is presented in the best tradition of fine films and is a joy to watch
with fascinating performances from all. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allan C. Fiscus, RN on February 25, 2013
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Great Movie. Always pulls at my heart , for some silly reason. Irene is great as Queen Victoria. Alec Guiness makes a impressive Prime Minister.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tarleton on January 17, 2013
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Not heard from in a long while, this is a not-to-be-missed historical film with magnificent black and white photography. Irene Dunne is excellent as Queen Victoria. It is a very interesting and entertaining film. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Hunter Hale on September 10, 2013
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This comes from the Fox Archives and is a pressed on demand title. Fortunately the source material is very nice. Nunnally Johnson's screenplay and Jean Negulesco's directing are both very fine but it in the performances of Irene Dunne, Alec Guinness, Finlay Currie and others that make this film very powerful and touching. Irene Dunne plays Queen Victoria who has shut herself off from public life after the death of her husband. A mudlark (a boy from the streets) is told that she is the "mother" of her country and sneaks into the castle in hopes of meeting her. This causes a political storm and leads to Alec Guinness pleading to Britain's leaders to do something to help the unfortunate of the slums. Guinness delivers a magnificent speech which is done in a single take that is worth the purchase of the disc. Dunne is excellent as the Queen. Excellent film well worth purchasing. No Extras.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norma on July 21, 2013
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Irene Dunne's acting was superb and the story was great. I would recommend this movie to everybody, young and old. I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gustav on March 5, 2013
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Not well known is this gem which stars Alec Guiness as Prime Minister of Britain trying to convince Irene Dunn ( recluse queen still mourning death of her husband King Albert) to get out and let the people see her. A small boy steals his way into the palace and events lead to the queen's change of life style.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd Haugh on May 24, 2013
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This was a movie that affected me early in my life and I loved getting hold of it thru your co....sorry it is only a Region 2...why cannot this wonderful Ireen Dunn film be available in USA version?
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