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The Black Shield of Falworth

  • Drama
  • 1954
  • Rudolph Maté
  • 95 mins
  • U

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Myles FalworthTony Curtis
Lady AnneJanet Leigh
Earl of AlbanDavid Farrar
Meg FalworthBarbara Rush
Earl of MackworthHerbert Marshall
Sir JamesTorin Thatcher
Prince HalDan O'Herlihy
Diccon BowmanRhys Williams
King Henry IVIan Keith
Walter BluntPatrick O'Neal (1)
Francis GascoyneCraig Hill

Crew

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DirectorRudolph Maté

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Language
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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