The Mudlark [Region 2]
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining tale. Irene Dunne's acting is excellent as usual, with fine support from Alec Guiness. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donald T. Milardo
If Britain had a Disney, this would have been his finest moment Director Jean Negulesco had every right to be proud of this film. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Spike da Peke
If you were a kid in the 60's, and grew up watching NBC's "Saturday Night at the Movies,"
you must have seen this little B & W sweetie ten times. Read more
I first saw this film on TV when I was a boy. Then it disappeared for years. I'm so glad that it's out on DVD; it's a heart-warmer. Guinness is especially good as Disraeli.Published 14 months ago by Hal Gordon
Quite the sleeper this film. Irene Dunne unrecognizable under the make up is heartbreaking as Victoria. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jgus
"Sentimental without being mawkish." I read that in a review of another Alec Guinness movie, and it seems to fit here. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ancient Bookworm