The Mudlark

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The Mudlark is a 1950 film made in Britain by 20th Century Fox. It is a fictional account of how Queen Victoria was eventually brought out of her mourning for her dead husband, Prince Albert. It was directed by Jean Negulesco, written and produced by Nunnally Johnson and based on the 1949 novel of the same name by American artillery sergeant and San Francisco newspaperman Theodore Bonnet (1908–1983). It stars Irene Dunne, Alec Guinness and Andrew Ray.

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The Mudlark
Original film poster
Directed byJean Negulesco
Screenplay byHilda Grenier
Nunnally Johnson
Based onThe Mudlark
1949 novel
by Theodore Bonnet
Produced byNunnally Johnson
StarringIrene Dunne
Alec Guinness
Andrew Ray
Beatrice Campbell
Finlay Currie
Anthony Steel
Raymond Lovell
Marjorie Fielding
Constance Smith
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
Edited byThelma Connell
Music byWilliam Alwyn
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • 30 October 1950 (1950-10-30) (UK)
  • 28 November 1950 (1950-11-28) (US)
Running time
99 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States
Box office$1 million (US rentals)[1]

"Mudlarks" were street children who survived by scavenging and selling what they could find on the banks of the River Thames. The film was a hit in Britain and made an overnight star of Andrew Ray, who played the title character.