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The Black Arrow (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 30 June 1948 (USA)
Yong 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 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 »

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Joanna Sedley: Well, it's about time that someone appreciated a woman. England will never be great until she's had a queen or two.
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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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Solid swashbuckler
12 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE BLACK ARROW, based on a historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, is an American-made swashbuckler that's set in England and tells a tale that's very reminiscent of the Robin Hood story. Set in the aftermath of the Wars of the Roses, it sees a soldier return home to find his father murdered, apparently by a rival, although he soon discovers that the murderers lay close at hand and that foul play was involved.

This is a light and breezy affair, with a fast pacing and plenty of action to recommend it. The swordfights are conducted in the classic manner with the opponents adopting fencing stances and a general old-fashioned feel to them. Louis Hayward, the erstwhile hero, is a guy I didn't find particularly charismatic, but the supporting cast of dastardlies and outlaw heroes is a well-chosen one.

Of course, never for a second does this film convince you that it's set in England, and the American accents of some of the cast members don't help much. Nonetheless it's an entertaining piece, with all of the jailbreaks, skullduggery, rescues and escapes you could hope for in an adventure movie. The ferocious jousting climax is a real highlight and surprisingly barbaric for its time.


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