The Master of Ballantrae

  • PG
  • William Keighley (1953)
  • US / UK
  • 85 min
The Master of Ballantrae
Film Review
Reviewed By
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


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


William Keighley

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate PG
Cornerstone Media