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The Vagabond King (1930)

The story takes place in medieval France. Poet-rogue Francois Villon, sentenced to hang by King Louis XI for writing derogatory verses about him, is offered a temporary reprieve. His ... See full summary »

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, (uncredited)

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(operetta), (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

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Arthur Stone ...
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The Astrologer (as Thomas Ricketts)
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Christian J. Frank ...
Executioner
Elda Voelkel ...
Girl
Dorothy Davis ...
Brunette
Thora Waverly ...
Brunette
Cecile Cameron ...
Brunette
Jean Douglas ...
Blonde
Eugenia Woodbury ...
Blonde
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The story takes place in medieval France. Poet-rogue Francois Villon, sentenced to hang by King Louis XI for writing derogatory verses about him, is offered a temporary reprieve. His hanging will be postponed for 24 hours, and in that time he must defeat the invading Burgundians and win the love of the beautiful Katherine. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

17 February 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der König der Vagabunden  »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Ernst Lubitsch oversaw the retakes, including a battle montage near the end of the film, without credit. See more »

Connections

Version of The Beloved Rogue (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Vagabonds
(uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Brian Hooker
Sung by Dennis King and Chorus
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Excruciatingly bad - awful, just awful - such a travesty.

I make allowances for early talkies, trying to concentrate on the intent of the artists involved, not the limitations of the budding medium. However, this film is by every standard perfectly awful. The acting is atrocious, there is no direction, and the pacing is positively funereal. Dennis King delivers one of the very worst performances ever put on film, hamming it up like a bad nineteenth century melodramatic from the sticks. Jeannette MacDonald looks bewildered. The art direction did earn an Oscar nom and it is the only good thing in the film. One of the most excruciating experiences I've ever sat through. Less than half a dozen of the original numbers are included with three more written for the film. Avoid this like the plague.


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