In the court of French king Louis XIII, a courtier named Bardelys carries with him a grand reputation as an irresistible ladies' man. When another figure in the court, Chatellerault, fails to win the hand of the beautiful Roxalanne (whose family fortune the king wishes to bring under his control), Bardelys suggests that he could win the young woman's hand. Thus a bet is made, and Bardelys embarks on the pursuit of Roxalanne and her fortune. But intrigue and mistaken identity lead Bardelys into grave danger. Written by
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
He loved like he fought - and he fought like the devil - the greatest lover - the greatest fighter in all France! (original ad)
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Did You Know?
According to Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne
, the reason this film was (almost) lost was that Rafael Sabatini
, the author of the book, didn't sell the movie rights to MGM outright. Instead, he leased them for 10 years, and in 1936 MGM chose not to renew the lease because it decided that a silent film with a now-dead star no longer had commercial value. So, according to the terms of Sabatini's contract, MGM destroyed the negative and all known prints. See more
If they catch me, I'll lose my head - - and I have too good a head to lose.
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