The Prime Minister (film)

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The Prime Minister
Directed by Thorold Dickinson
Produced by Max Milder
Written by Michael Hogan
Brock Williams
Starring John Gielgud
Diana Wynyard
Fay Compton
Stephen Murray
Music by Jack Beaver
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Edited by Leslie Norman
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date
4 March 1941 (London premiere),
3 May 1941 (general release, UK),
3 February 1942 (New York & Los Angeles)
Running time
94 minutes (short version)[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Prime Minister is a British film released in 1941 directed by Thorold Dickinson. It details the life and times of Benjamin Disraeli, who became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and stars John Gielgud, Diana Wynyard, Fay Compton and Stephen Murray. Gielgud would later reprise his role as Disraeli in the ITV television drama Edward the Seventh (1975).


In 1837, London novelist Benjamin Disraeli (John Gielgud) crashes his bicycle and is given a ride to a garden party by Mary Ann Wyndham-Lewis (Diana Wynyard). She read his novels and says he should be in Parliament. Disraeli asks Mary Ann to help him, so she goes to the Conservative party leaders and gets their support for Disraeli.


See also[edit]

  • The Thorold Dickinson Archive is held at the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.[2]


The Prime Minister opened in the United States in February 1942, eleven months after its British premiere. The American release was cut by 15 minutes, and among the scenes lost was one featuring Glynis Johns, then beginning her career.[3]


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