Richard Thorpe (1952)

U Certificate


Our Score
A justifiable box-office smash in what was, with hindsight, one of MGM's greatest years, this rollicking Technicolor swashbuckler remains the definitive screen version of Sir Walter Scott's memorable medieval classic. The cast and the action sequences are almost perfect; though suitably handsome, American Robert Taylor is a little dull as Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, but Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca is at her loveliest, Emlyn Williams is wonderfully theatrical as Wamba, and villains George Sanders, Robert Douglas and, especially, lean and mean Guy Rolfe as Prince John are superb. Interestingly, Scott's sub-theme about anti-Semitism in 1190 England is not glossed over, making this one of the few 1950s movies to deal openly with such a tricky subject. Serious issues aside, this is a real treat for children of all ages, and makes all TV versions seem tame and pointless by comparison.


A brave knight defies his father and enlists the help of a rich man and his daughter to rescue Richard the Lionheart from imprisonment. Along the way they also have to counter the machinations of tyrannical Prince John, who is determined their quest will fail. Medieval adventure based on Walter Scott's novel, starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders and Guy Rolfe.

Cast & Crew

Ivanhoe Robert Taylor (1)
Rebecca Elizabeth Taylor
Rowena Joan Fontaine
De Bois-Guilbert George Sanders
Wamba Emlyn Williams
Sir Hugh De Bracy Robert Douglas
Cedric Finlay Currie
Isaac of York Felix Aylmer
Font De Boeuf Francis De Wolff
Prince John Guy Rolfe
King Richard Norman Wooland
Waldemar Fitzurse Basil Sydney
Locksley Harold Warrender
Philip De Malvoisin Patrick Holt
Ralph de Vipont Roderick Lovell
Clerk of Copmanhurst Sebastian Cabot
Director Richard Thorpe
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video and DVD