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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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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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A hidden screen gem of derring-do
12 August 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This fine film is a dramatic, tense and action-packed story set at the close of the War of the Roses when a young man returns home to find that his father has been murdered and his estate confiscated. Louis Hayward is the dashing hero of the proceedings and Janet Blair supplies the romance in this film of treachery and palace intrigue. Hayward's search for the truth about his father's death places him and Blair in grave danger as sinister forces remain in the shadows, watching and waiting for the right time to move on him. George Macready is excellent in his role as the suave but evil landowner who also covets Blair for his marriage bed. Edgar Buchanan supports the headliners as an aide-de-camp of the outlaw band that hides out in the forest, reminiscent of the familiar Robin Hood legend. The movie has a classic good vs. evil theme and is accompanied by a fine score by Paul Sawtell.


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