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The Black Rose (1950)

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A disinherited 13th Century Saxon nobleman leaves Norman England with an archer friend to seek his fortune in the Far East.

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Alfgar
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Countess Eleanor of Lessford
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Storyline

In the 13th century, Walter of Gurnie, a disinherited Saxon youth, is forced to flee England. With his friend, the master archer Tris, he falls in with the army of the fierce but avuncular General Bayan, and journeys all the way to China, where both men become involved in intrigues in the court of Kublai Khan. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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An adventure that will blaze... A love that will flame... 'till the stars grow cold...


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(FMC Library Print)

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Trivia

Leslie Caron was offered the role of Maryam, which was eventually given to Cécile Aubry. See more »

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It's the 13th Century when our heroes first leave England. Walking through the Arab market, they pass tomatoes for sale, which are later thrown at them by children. Tomatoes are a New World plant, and could not have been found in Old World markets prior to the voyages of Columbus in the 15th century. See more »

Quotes

Walter of Gurnie: [after the battle] I saw you at the beginning. You and your bowman against those fire tubes.
Tristram Griffin: They sounded like the anger of God! I think perhaps they were! They're killing every man, woman, and child in the district like harvesters through a field of grain! They pull their heads forward by the hair for the ax. Not one left alive! Like harvesters cutting wheat!
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Andrea Orsini
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from Prince of Foxes (1949)
Music by Alfred Newman
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A rousing, old-time action adventure!
7 October 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that makes you feel like a 12-year-old sneaking into the local movie palace on a Saturday afternoon.

If you like exotic locales, rousing action, a lot of humor and a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, you'll probably enjoy this film as much as I do.

Orson Welles ("Bayan of the Thousand Eyes") is the real star, though Jack Hawkins, as usual, is terrific. This movie is a delight, and it stands the test of time. Best of all, it leaves you with a contented smile on your face.

I rate it a solid 8.5 out of 10.


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