Twelfth-century Lombardy lies under the iron heel of German overlord Count Ulrich 'The Hawk', but in the mountains, guerillas yet resist. Five years before our story, Ulrich stole away the pretty wife of young archer Dardo who, cynical rather than embittered, still has little interest in joining the rebels. But this changes when his son, too, is taken from him. The rest is lighthearted swashbuckling, plus romantic interludes with lovely hostage Anne. Written by
Rod Crawford <email@example.com>
Did You Know?
, who plays Piccolo, was an acrobat who was teamed with Burt Lancaster
before Lancaster became a star. He appears in many of Lancaster's movies. In this one, and in The Crimson Pirate
(1952), he plays a mute. The reason was that his thick Brooklyn accent, which he could not lose, would have been wildly out of place in such period pieces. See more
The outlaws' pet bear cub is a Malayan Sun Bear, of which there could have been none in medieval Italy. See more
Now, Marchese, we're in the dark where a sword is just a long knife.