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Bonnie Prince Charlie

Bonnie Prince Charlie

Anthony Kimmins (1948)

113min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Mauled by the British press on its original release, this shoddy costume drama must rank as one of the worst films ever made in this country. The great Alexander Korda acted as executive producer and it was written by playwright Clemence Dane, but it contains some quite dreadful dialogue delivered in atrocious accents by an all-star cast led by a hopelessly miscast David Niven. The studio sets look home-made, but they are nowhere near as embarrassing as Ian Whyte's twee, cliché-ridden score. Only cinematographer Robert Krasker and Margaret Leighton as Flora MacDonald emerge with any credit. A very sorry episode indeed.

Summary

Utterly atrocious historical epic retelling the story of the legendary Scottish leader who mounted an attack on the English, but was forced to flee back to his homeland where he suffered defeat again at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Jack Hawkins and Judy Campbell are among the stars hampered by an uninspired script, bad accents and dreadful plotting.

Cast & Crew

Bonnie Prince Charlie David Niven
Flora MacDonald Margaret Leighton
Clementine Walkinshaw Judy Campbell
Lord George Murray Jack Hawkins
Donald Morland Graham
Marquis of Tullibardine Finlay Currie
Duke of Cumberland Elwyn Brook-Jones
Blind Jamie John Laurie
Glenalandale Hector Ross
Lieutenant Ingleby Hugh Kelly
Director Anthony Kimmins
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp Ltd

Drama

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