1951 - Screenland Magazine salutes Irene Dunne


UNQUESTIONABLY the greatest characterization of her career is Irene Dunne's portrayal of Queen Victoria in "The Mudlark," 20th Century-Fox Command Performance production. Her makeup, as you can see, is utterly incredible, but it is ever so much more than this magic touch that vividly brings to life again one of history's most famous queens. It is the inspired underplaying of Irene Dunne which makes the portrayal fully believable and loveable. Her befriending of "The Mudlark" (young human derelict), who slips into Windsor Castle just to see what a mother looks like, is beautifully done, with Irene happily blending royal dignity with warmth and understanding.