The Black Shield of Falworth

The Black Shield of Falworth

Rudolph Maté (1954)

U Certificate


Our Score
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis made six films together during their marriage, though curiously Curtis, in his highly readable autobiography, claims this was the first and last. Selective memory aside, the glamorous couple cavort across Ye Merrie Olde Englande (or the Universal backlot) and save Henry IV from a fate worse than a Kenneth Branagh remake. This swashbuckler features suave Herbert Marshall, decent swordfights, early CinemaScope photography and some wonderful Brooklyn accents. Indeed, some sources claim that the infamous line when Curtis says "Yonder lies the castle of my fodda" is from this film, though others say it's from The Prince Who Was a Thief. However, Curtis in his autobiography claims it's from The Son of Ali Baba.


The son of a disgraced medieval nobleman is raised in poverty. With the support of a kindly earl, he gains the chance to train as a knight and reclaim his birthright, proving his worth by fighting to foil a plot to overthrow the king. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, David Farrar and Barbara Rush.

Cast & Crew

Myles Falworth Tony Curtis
Lady Anne Janet Leigh
Earl of Alban David Farrar
Meg Falworth Barbara Rush
Earl of Mackworth Herbert Marshall
Sir James Torin Thatcher
Prince Hal Dan O'Herlihy
Diccon Bowman Rhys Williams
King Henry IV Ian Keith
Walter Blunt Patrick O'Neal (1)
Francis Gascoyne Craig Hill
Director Rudolph Maté
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray