The Prime Minister (film)
|The Prime Minister|
|Directed by||Thorold Dickinson|
|Produced by||Max Milder|
|Written by||Michael Hogan
|Music by||Jack Beaver|
|Edited by||Leslie Norman|
|Distributed by||Warner Brothers|
|4 March 1941 (London premiere),
3 May 1941 (general release, UK),
3 February 1942 (New York & Los Angeles)
|94 minutes (short version)|
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.
- John Gielgud as Benjamin Disraeli
- Diana Wynyard as Mary Disraeli
- Fay Compton as Queen Victoria
- Pamela Standish as Victoria, Princess Royal
- Stephen Murray as William Ewart Gladstone
- Owen Nares as Lord Derby
- Frederick Leister as Lord Melbourne
- Nicholas Hannen as Sir Robert Peel
- Will Fyffe as The Agitator
- Anthony Ireland as the Count D'Orsay
- Irene Brown as Lady Londonderry
- The Thorold Dickinson Archive is held at the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.
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.
- "The Prime Minister (1942)". American Film Institute. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
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