The Thames Sparrow

The Thames Sparrow ( The Mudlark ) is an American – British film of Jean Negulesco released in 1950 .

Synopsis

In the 1870s, Wheeler was a young orphan who survives as a scavenger on the banks of the Thames . One day, he finds a body on the banks and steals a cameo. A night watchman tells him that the woman he represents is Queen Victoria , who has been a recluse at Windsor Castle since the death of her husband Prince Albert fifteen years ago. Wheeler, intrigued by the Queen’s maternal appearance, decides to go to Windsor to see her.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is visiting the castle and informs the Queen that his confinement gives a negative image of royalty even though he can not get through a major reform program.

The arrival of Wheeler will trigger a series of events that will finally push the queen to show herself in public, where she will meet the popular jubilation.

Technical sheet

  • Original title: The Mudlark
  • French title: Le Moineau de la Thames
  • Director: Jean Negulesco
  • Scenario: Nunnally Johnson based on The Mudlark by Theodore Bonnet
  • Artistic direction: CP Norman
  • Costumes: Margaret Furse and Edward Stevenson
  • Photography: Georges Périnal , assisted by Denys Coop (cameraman)
  • Sound: Buster Ambler
  • Editing: Thelma Connell  (en)
  • Music: William Alwyn
  • Production: Nunnally Johnson
  • Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Distribution Company: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Country of Origin: United States , United Kingdom
  • Original language: English
  • Format: Black and White – 35 mm – 1.37: 1 – Sound: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
  • Genre: Historical Movie , Drama
  • Duration: 94 minutes ( copyright time ), 99 minutes in the United States
  • Release dates:
    •  United Kingdom :
    •  United States :( Miami )
    •  France :

Distribution

  • Irene Dunne (VF: Hélène Tossy ) : Queen Victoria
  • Alec Guinness (VF: Gérard Férat) : Benjamin Disraeli
  • Andrew Ray (VF: Jackie Gencel ) : Wheeler
  • Beatrice Campbell : Lady Emily Prior
  • Finlay Currie (VF: Jean Toulout ) : John Brown
  • Anthony Steel (VF: Michel André ) : Lieutenant Charles McHatten
  • Raymond Lovell  ( VF: Raymond Rognoni ) : Sergeant Naseby
  • Marjorie Fielding  ( VF: Cécile Dylma ) : Lady Margaret Prior
  • Constance Smith : Kate Noonan
  • Edward Rigby (VF: Paul Forget ) : the night watchman
  • Ronan O’Casey (VF: Lucien Bryonne ) : Slattery
  • Kynaston Reeves (VF: Jacques Berlioz ) : Sir Henry Ponsonby  (en)
  • Ernest Clark (VF: René Arrieu ) : Hammond, the secretary of Disraeli
  • Patricia Hitchcock (VF: Rolande Forest ) : the maid

Distinctions

  • Oscars 1952 : appointment of Margaret Furse and Edward Stevenson for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (black and white film)

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