The Young Mr. Pitt (September 12, 1942)
Released on September 12, 1942: The story of England's youngest Prime Minister, William Pitt, and the battle against Napoleon Bonaparte.
Produced by Edward Black and Maurice Ostrer
Directed by Carol Reed
Written by Viscount Castlerosse, Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder
The Actors: Robert Donat (William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham), Robert Morley (General Charles James Fox), Phyllis Calvert (Eleanor Eden), John Mills (William Wilberforce), Geoffrey Atkins (William Pitt as a boy), Jean Cadell (Mrs. Sparry), Raymond Lovell (George the Third), Agnes Lauchlan (Queen Charlotte), Felix Aylmer (Lord North), Ian McLean (Dundas), Max Adrian (Richard Sheridan), A. Bromley Davenport (Sir Evan Nepean), John Salew (Smith), Herbert Lom (Napoleon), Albert Lieven (Tallerand), Stephen Haggard (Lord Nelson), Stuart Lindsell (Earl Spencer), Henry Hewitt (Addington), Frederick Culley (Sir William Farquhar), Frank Pettingell (coachman), Leslie Bradley (Gentleman Jackson), Roy Emerton (Dan Mendoza), Hugh McDermott (Mr. Melvill), Alfred Sangster (Lord Grenville), Hugh Ardale (Naval Officer), Neal Arden (unknown), Johnny Brandon (unknown), Kathleen Byron (Millicent Grey), Esma Cannon (servant at Lord Auckland's), Leslie Dwyer (servant at Lord Auckland's), Philip Friend (unknown), Peter Gawthorne (Admiral), Leo Genn (Danton), Muriel George (Mrs. Carr), Alf Goddard (unknown), Morland Graham (unknown), James Harcourt (Bellamy), Billy Holland (unknown), W.E. Holloway (unknown), David Horne (Mayor), Gordon James (unknown), James Kenney (unknown), Max Kirby (third secretary), Frederick Leister (Lord Auckland), Aubrey Mallalieu (Somerset), Gibb McLaughlin (George Selwyn), Gertrude Maesmore Morris (Lady in Waiting), Charles Paton (unknown), Lloyd Pearson (unknown), Esme Percy (unknown), Kynaston Reeves (unknown), Owen Reynolds (unknown), J.H. Roberts (unknown), Ralph Roberts (unknown), Johnny Schofield (unknown), Ronald Shiner (man in stocks), John Slater (unknown), Ann Stephens (unknown), Merle Tottenham (maid at Lord Auckland's), Austin Trevor (French Registrar), Grant Tyler (young boy), Frederick Valk (unknown), Margaret Vyner (Duchess of Devonshire), Jack Watling (Atkinson), Edmund Willard (unknown), D.J. Williams (unknown), Bruce Winston (unknown)
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The Survival of England and the Young P.M.
Papa was a preacher, and I imagine that many of his flock hung on his every word and thought, but he taught me otherwise. He taught me to think. . . . . And more importantly, he taught me to make my own decisions, regardless of what he or anyone else tried to impose on my thoughts. His thoughts, like those of everyone else, were to be considered in my decisions, but my decision should be based on more than his opinion, or the single opinion of anyone else. As a result I have often traveled down paths that were and still are controversial other good people. I am often labeled a ‘contrarian’ – one who deliberately walks away from conventional wisdom. I am, however, careful not to turn from conventional wisdom just for the joy of being different. . . . I walk the paths that careful thought uncover. Sometimes this meant joining the crowd, but many times it meant taking a path that seemed lonely, but proper, with no regrets, no remorse.
The history of England, like the history of most great nations, includes examples of leaders who were not afraid to think. . . . And not afraid to walk the path that goes against the grain. . . . Against the conventional wisdom of the day. While the American colonies were gaining their independence William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham, was a leader in the Parliament, and he was a thinker, and he taught his son William to think beyond what other people told him to think. William Pitt the Younger became a Member of Parliament like his father, and one day was asked to visit the King, King George III. The King was searching for a new Prime Minister, and he was considering Bill Pitt, the 24 year old boy who had learned to think. The King was talking about his prized turnips, but the connection to British politics was not to be missed. The King told young Pitt that manure was the key . . . . Manure is the secret to success. . . . Ahhh, even today the political duels of modern nations are fueled much the same as in the days of King George III, in my humble opinion. Young William Pitt went on to become the youngest Prime Minister in the history of England, and because he could think. . . . Because he could out-think other men. . . . He led England through the treacherous days of the French Revolution and the young upstart that waged war against England and the world. . . . A man who would destroy England in his quest to rule the world . . . . A young fellow named Bonaparte, Napoleon Bonaparte. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
John Salew and Robert Donat
Leslie Bradley and John Mills
Phyllis Calvert and Robert Donat
Robert Donat and John Mills
Robert Donat and Phyllis Calvert