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The Mudlark [Region 2]

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Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The mudlark is Andrew Ray, an illiterate London street urchin of the mid-19th century. Having seen a picture of Queen Victoria on a coin, Ray determines to meet the Great Lady, and to that end he sneaks into Windsor Castle. Victoria (Irene Dunne in a padded costume) has sequestered herself in the castle since the death of her beloved Prince Albert, and has refused to make any public appearances, much to the consternation of Prime Minister Disraeli (Alec Guinness). When the boy breaks into the Queen's sanctorum, her courtiers are convinced he's part of an assassination plot. But Victoria is regenerated by the boy's natural good humor, and for the first time in a long time she emerges from mourning to see her loyal subjects again. Filmed in England, The Mudlark not so much an historical drama as it is an acting lesson from such masters as Irene Dunne, Alec Guinness, and Finlay Currie (as a kilted Scotsman). SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...The Mudlark

Product Details

  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Finlay Currie, Anthony Steel, Irene Dunne, Andrew Ray
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Producers: The Mudlark
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Run Time: 95.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006IJNU04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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"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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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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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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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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The Mudlark is a charming movie made in Britain by 20th Century Fox, a fictionalized account of how Queen Victoria was eventually brought out of her mourning for her dead husband, Prince Albert. It was based on the 1949 novel of the same name by American artillery sergeant and newspaperman Theodore Bonnet (1908–1983), directed by Jean Negulesco, written and produced by Nunnally Johnson. The legendary American film actress and singer of the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s Irene Dunne is magnificent as Victoria... best I’ve ever seen her portrayed (possible exception: Scottish character actress Annette Crosbie in the 1975 PBS mini-series Edward the Seventh). Dunne’s stern but gentle performance is enhanced by superb make-up and costume... they’ve even made her short! She’d dominate the movie if Alec Guinness as the fabled Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and the young Andrew Ray as the Mudlark himself weren’t just as good. ("Mudlarks" were street children who survived by scavenging and selling what they could find on the banks of the River Thames.) Guinness is superb as Disraeli, the spitting image (how vivid), with great lines, such as “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.” This was only Guinness’ sixth film, and helped to contribute to his fame and popularity in America. Veteran character actor Finlay Currie engagingly plays Victoria’s faithful companion John Brown, and Beatrice Campbell and Anthony Steel are a young court lady and a military officer who are in love.Read more ›
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