The Young Mr. Pitt (1942)

The Young Mr Pitt is a 1942 biopic of William Pitt the Younger. Filmed in wartime, it mirrors his struggle against revolutionary France and Napoleon with Britain's struggle against Hitler's Germany.



The period costumes were by Cecil Beaton and Elizabeth Haffenden.

William Pitt the Younger, son of a famous politician father, becomes the youngest Prime Minister England has ever known, wins an election on the promise of peace and prosperity, yet ironically ends up as the presiding spirit of an interminable war with Revolutionary France. Both his health and his private life suffer from the strain.