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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Maryam (as Cecile Aubry)
Mary Clare ...
Countess Eleanor of Lessford
Mahmoud (as Bobby Blake)
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Simeon Beautrie
Henry Oscar ...
Friar Roger Bacon


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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Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rosa Negra  »

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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Rich Little, the voice of Alfonso Bedoya was dubbed by Peter Sellers. See more »


During their escape from the Chinese palace, Tris shoots an arrow into the forehead of what is an obvious dummy. See more »


Tristram Griffin: I was thinking about going with you.
Walter of Gurnie: To Cathay?
Tristram Griffin: Well, where's that?
Walter of Gurnie: Well, it's a long way from your forest.
Tristram Griffin: Well, maybe Sarah would like it there.
Walter of Gurnie: Now, don't talk too lightly about it, Tris,. If we should go to such a place, the chances are all you'll get out of it is that, in the end, you'll be hung by a Mongol instead of a Norman.
Tristram Griffin: Well, if it comes to that, I'd sooner give the pleasure to somebody I don't know than a Norman I hate.
Walter of Gurnie: A far land it is then. I guess this is the beginning.
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Cesare Borgia
from Prince of Foxes (1949)
Music by Alfred Newman
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Great action, top performances, memorable scenes
25 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

An all time favorite action flick with drama, memorable scenes, top notch performances, especially Orson Welles and Jack Hawkins, and a bit of romanticized history thrown in for good measure. Welles' best role of the decade, comparable to his performance as Cesare Borgia. Hard to beat the drama in the "archery" scene.

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