The Flame and the Arrow

The Flame and the Arrow

Jacques Tourneur (1950)

U Certificate


Our Score
This exuberant swashbuckler is something of a dress rehearsal for The Crimson Pirate, with Burt Lancaster playing a Robin Hood-style character from northern Italy who woos Virginia Mayo while taking on Robert Douglas's land-owning monster. Lancaster's soulmate on the swinging chandeliers is Nick Cravat (his former circus partner), who was brought into the picture to ensure that the acrobatics went smoothly. Promoting the film, Warner Bros boasted that the stars did their own stunts and offered $1 million to anyone who could prove they didn't. When the gentlemen of the Cleveland press dared to doubt this, Lancaster and Cravat repeated their "perch-pole" routine outside the newspaper building and did a radio interview at the same time.


A heroic freedom fighter leads a band of rebels against occupying troops in medieval Italy. However, the battle becomes personal when the evil tyrant gets his hands on the hero's son. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Frank Allenby, Robert Douglas and Nick Cravat.

Cast & Crew

Dardo Burt Lancaster
Anne Virginia Mayo
Alessandro Robert Douglas
Nonna Bartoli Aline MacMahon
Ulrich Frank Allenby
Piccolo Nick Cravat
Francesca Lynne Baggett
Rudi Gordon Gebert
Director Jacques Tourneur
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures Ltd