The Prince and the Pauper 01/30/24

The Warner Archive Collection

We’re told that the fancy coronation scene that concludes William Keighley’s 1937 movie served as a substitute for the real thing happening in England, which was not being filmed. Errol Flynn cuts a fine figure even though he arrives only at the mid-point, coming to aid of two young boys that ‘trade places’ — a palace for the streets — and are victimized by Claude Rains’ treacherous knave. Twins played the Prince and the poor boy Tom — saving Warners a steep optical & special effects bill. Reviewer Charlie Largent explains how The P and the P measures up to the studio’s great titles. On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.