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The Black Arrow (1948)

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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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Duke of Gloucester
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Bishop of Tisbury
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Sir Harry Shelton
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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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30 June 1948 (USA)  »

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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

Lawless: [after throwing an arrow into a list of four names] Three to go! Three black arrows for three black hearts!
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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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Oh Daniel my uncle !
9 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Based,like this other Gordon Douglas "roguess of Sherwood" on a vague screenplay inspired by Robin Hood,"black arrow" shows more originality ,in spite of two lackluster principals: Louis Hayward is a million miles from Eroll Flynn,being rather clumsy -I remember he was pretty mediocre as Lombard in Clair's "and then there were none" ;Janet Blair is a little better as another Lady Marian avatar,but she is not Olivia De Havilland either.George McReady easily stills the show,being nasty ,treacherous,unctuous ,the perfect baddie .

The story takes place after the Wars of the Roses but history is quickly forgotten and we have another story à la Robin Hood.That said,the movie is entertaining,it's action-packed and there's never a dull moment .


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