1648. French people are relieved: the Thirty Years War is over and they will be able to live in peace. This feeling is shared by General Cadeau, the hero of the war, and his loyal aide, ... See full summary »
1648. French people are relieved: the Thirty Years War is over and they will be able to live in peace. This feeling is shared by General Cadeau, the hero of the war, and his loyal aide, Lieutenant David Picard. But not at all by Marshall of France Mordore, who plans to plunder Spain. Cadeau decides to try to dissuade Mordore from implementing his plan but before meeting him he presents David with his sword dubbed "the gallant blade". This wonderful arm as well as David's talent as a swordsman will come handy as Mordore not only will not hear of peace but will prove treacherous as well. Written by
Effective, low-budget companion to "The Three Musketeers".....
A low-budget but worthy companion to "The Three Musketeers", "The Gallant Blade" moves at a brisk pace and has enough plot and derring-do to hold interest throughout. The performances are uniformly good and it is quite a surprise to see George MacReady, who usually plays the dastardly villain, in a venerable and heroic role. But Victor Jory is on hand to supply all the dastardliness and treachery one could want. Marguerite Chapman is the spirited female agent in the toils of Jory, who honestly believes she is serving the cause of France until she's informed of the true designs of Jory. Though I have only seen this film in black and white, I suspect it would be even more effective if viewed in the original color. It's a good-natured period adventure, the kind that is seldom made anymore. Most viewers who enjoy swashbucklers will be pleased with this film, as well as with "The Swordsman" an equally satisfying film in the same genre made the same year and with several of the same cast members.
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