The Master of Ballantrae

The Master of Ballantrae

William Keighley (1953)

U Certificate


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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.


A Scottish nobleman who fought alongside Bonnie Prince Charlie is driven into exile when the rebellion is defeated. After years overseas battling pirates, he returns home to discover the woman he loves thought he was dead and has since married his treacherous brother. Swashbuckling adventure based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, starring Errol Flynn, Anthony Steel, Roger Livesey and Beatrice Campbell.

Cast & Crew

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
Director William Keighley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: DVD