The Master of Ballantrae

  • PG
  • William Keighley (1953)
  • US / UK
  • 85 min
The Master of Ballantrae
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Errol Flynn was beginning to look old and tired when he made this colourful adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson story (changed almost beyond recognition) in Europe. Nevertheless, with the help of Warner Bros veteran William Keighley, who'd co-directed the ultimate Flynn swashbuckler, The Adventures of Robin Hood, 15 years earlier, the ailing star revived enough to make his mark in a movie that's not entirely without charm. There's a fine British cast and a lovely leading lady called Beatrice Campbell, and watch out for that pirate dancer: she's Gillian Lynne, now internationally renowned as the choreographer of Cats and Phantom of the Opera. Those familiar with the 1948 film Bonnie Prince Charlie should be able to spot a lot of footage from that production as well.

Plot Summary

Swashbuckling adventure, based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, starring Errol Flynn. Scotland,1745: as Bonnie Prince Charlie rallies the clans, James Durrisdeer joins the rebel cause while his brother Henry remains at Ballantrae. But when James returns home, penniless and hunted, a misunderstanding occurs that could cost both brothers their lives.

Cast and crew

Cast

James Durrisdeer
Errol Flynn
Colonel Francis Burke
Roger Livesey
Henry Durrisdeer
Anthony Steel
Lady Alison
Beatrice Campbell
Jessie Brown
Yvonne Furneaux
Arnaud
Jacques Berthier
Lord Durrisdeer
Felix Aylmer
MacKellar
Mervyn Johns
Mendoza
Charles Goldner
Major Clarendon
Ralph Truman
Matthew Bull
Francis De Wolff
Colonel Banks
Charles Carson
Marianne
Gillian Lynne
MacCauley
Moultrie Kelsall

Crew

Director
William Keighley

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Cornerstone Media
Categories
Drama

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