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Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 26 October 1948 (UK)
In the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the Young Pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie leads an insurrection to overthrow the Protestant House of Hanover and restore his family, the Catholic branch of the House of Stuart, to the British throne.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morland Graham ...
Donald MacDonald
Blind Jamie
Clementina Walkinshaw
Charles Goldner ...
Capt. Ferguson
Elwyn Brook-Jones ...
The Marquis of Tullibardine
Herbert Lomas ...
Kinloch Moidart
Hector Ross ...
Col. O'Sullivan
Franklin Dyall ...
MacDonald of Keppoch - Morar
Guy Le Feuvre ...
Cameron of Lochiel (as Guy Lefeuvre)


In 1743, James Francis Edward, Prince of Wales, son of deposed King James II of England and Ireland and VII of Scotland decides he is too old to return to England to reclaim the English, Scottish and Irish crowns. Living in exile in continental Europe, he summons his son Prince Charles Edward Stuart to name him Prince Regent and entrust him with the task of reclaiming the crowns from the sitting monarch, King George II. During the succession debacle, the House of Stuart received the support of their Catholic subjects, while King George II of the House of Hanover had the support of the Protestants. Catholic France supported the House of Stuart's claim to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. In 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, affectionately known as Bonnie Prince Charlie and The Young Pretender, is finally sent to Scotland with French support to reclaim the throne from George II for the House of Stuart. With a warship and seven companions, Prince Charlie lands on a Scottish ... Written by nufs68

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Release Date:

26 October 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Anthony Kimmins' Production Bonnie Prince Charlie  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


(Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The castle at Eilean Donan was featured but it was a pile of rubble in 1745/46, having been bombarded by ships of the Royal Navy on 10 May 1719. See more »


When the Prince flees to Skye, "The Skye Boat Song" is heard in the background. This song was written in the 1880s, whereas the action of the film takes place in 1745-6. See more »


Featured in Dream Me Up Scotty! (2013) See more »


The Skye Boat Song
Lyrics by Sir Harold Boulton, tune collected by Annie MacLeod (Lady Wilson)
Sung by a choir
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Not That Bonnie But Not That Bad
24 January 2014 | by (New Malden,England) – See all my reviews

When I saw this had a rating of 4.9 and a running time of 130 mins I was expecting a disappointing long slog of a movie and I admit it's no great film by any means but it's also no way as bad as the 4.9 rating suggests. The DVD that I watched which was from The David Niven Screen Icons collection was only 112 minutes and had a good for its age unremastered colour picture that made the most of the rich colours of the costumes and landscape. Expecting it to be a longer film I saw it in two sittings and it was hard to get into at first but by about halfway I was quite engrossed by the story and thought it was well told. No doubt its failure at the box office along with its high cost has dented its reputation but that doesn't mean it's a terrible film. I would give it a 6/10.

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