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The Young Mr. Pitt (1942)

This biopic tells the story of the life of Pitt The Younger, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain at the age of twenty-four.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Viscount Castlerosse (dramatic narrative), Viscount Castlerosse (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... The Earl of Chatham and William Pitt
Geoffrey Atkins Geoffrey Atkins ... William Pitt as a boy
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Sparry
Robert Morley ... Charles James Fox
Phyllis Calvert ... Eleanor Eden
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... George the Third
Agnes Lauchlan Agnes Lauchlan ... Queen Charlotte (as Agnes Loughlan)
John Mills ... William Wilberforce
Felix Aylmer ... Lord North
Ian McLean Ian McLean ... Dundas
Max Adrian ... Sheridan
A. Bromley Davenport A. Bromley Davenport ... Sir Evan Nepean (as Bromley Davenport)
John Salew John Salew ... Smith
Herbert Lom ... Napoleon
Albert Lieven ... Talleyrand
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Storyline

William Pitt the Younger, son of a famous politician father, becomes the youngest Prime Minister England has ever known, wins an election on the promise of peace and prosperity, yet ironically ends up as the presiding spirit of an interminable war with Revolutionary France. Both his health and his private life suffer from the strain. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

Robert Donat wanted Rosamund John to play the role of Eleanor Eden. See more »

Quotes

Napoleon: Give me command of the Channel for 6 hours, and the business is settled.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits: "The speeches by the Earl of Chatham and William Pitt in the Houses of Parliament are authentic". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Millions Like Us (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

A Life on the Ocean Wave
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Traditional
Arranged by Louis Levy
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beautifully made and written WW2 propaganda that rises far above that
11 April 2011 | by andrew-lyallSee all my reviews

I first saw this film many years at school when the headmaster, a most enlightened man, had a film collector show it to us one afternoon. It made a lasting impression. It is beautifully made and wittily written. Donat gives an excellent performance as our most brilliant prime minister who gave his life, in effect, in the service of his country. There are also some superb cameos, most notably Robert Moreley as Charles James Fox. It gives an intriguing, if overdrawn, view of 18th century manners and behaviour. The House of Commons scenes, with members imitating clucking chickens to vent their disapproval is memorable. So no change there, then. And look out for the little man at the end of the row in No 10 as Pitt leaves office for the first time. Pitt lived to hear of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, so it is not true, as one reviewer commented, that he died without knowing of Britain's victory over Napoleon. But why, with due respect, is it an American import? It is an essentially British film. Churchill raised the money to make it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven Mr. Pitt See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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