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The Black Arrow (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 30 June 1948 (USA)
Young nobleman Richard Shelton returns from the War of the Roses to find his father murdered, a fugitive family friend blamed, and his uncle occupying his estates.

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Sir Harry Shelton
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Sir William Catesby
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Dungeon Keeper (as William Bevan)
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Sir Richard Shelton, a young British nobleman, returns from the War of the Roses to find his father dead and his accused murderer, Sir John Sedley, living in the forest with a fugitive band of die-hard rebels like Robin Hood. Shelton's uncle, his father's sinister and cruel half-brother, Sir Daniel Brackley, is living on his father's estates and has reinstated cruel corporal punishment among the peasants, something his father had abolished. Shelton's suspicions are aroused when a yeoman loyal to Brackley is murdered using a black arrow. Other Brackley henchman, including Shelton's former mentor and Master-at-Arms, who had access to the supposed murder of his father by Sedley are also on the Black Arrow's death list. Shelton's growing antipathy toward Brackley is complicated by his uncle's desire to marry Sedley's beautiful daughter, an ambition shared by Shelton. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Horsemen charge ! Swords clash ! Lips meet !


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Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow  »

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The Duke of Gloucester is generally portrayed sympathetically, although Hollywood historically has depicted him as an arch-villain under his later title, Richard III. See more »

Quotes

Bennet Hatch: [Disarmed by Shelton and at his mercy] Have it done,lad! There'a one thing I can still teach yuh, and that's how to die.
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Opening credits prologue: England in the 15th Century, torn and wracked by thirty years of struggle for power between the ruling House of Lancaster and the rebellious House of York.

Known as the Wars of the Roses, the bitter contest ended at last in complete victory for York.

Under the new king Edward, IV., and his brother, Duke of Gloucester, the defeated Lancastrians were ruthlessly persecuted.

This aftermath of civil war and its effect on his Lancastrian neighbors was grimly impressed on Sir Richard Shelton as he returned home from long service with the Yorkist army. See more »

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Referenced in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

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Slow and somewhat ponderous adventure flick.
7 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Lois Hayward is capable of much better than this. It was slow and awkward...some of the cast was good but over all I did not feel the casting was a great asset...certainly the script and direction were not...the cast deserved better to work with. Still if you are an afficianado of sword and swash be prepared to sit around for awhile and wonder why you bothered to wade thru this...definitely "not" a keeper...but watch it only if you love Louis Hayward movies.


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