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The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

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Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.



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Complete credited cast:
Anne de Hesse
Robert Douglas ...
Marchese Alessandro de Granazia
Aline MacMahon ...
Frank Allenby ...
Count 'The Hawk' Ulrich
Nick Cravat ...
Lynn Baggett ...
Francesca (as Lynne Baggett)
Gordon Gebert ...
Apollo, the Troubador
Victor Kilian ...
Apothecary Mazzoni
Francis Pierlot ...
Papa Pietro
Robin Hughes ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

9 July 1950 (USA)  »

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The Hawk and the Arrow  »

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1.37 : 1
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Nick Cravat, 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 »


When Piccolo is fighting the guardsman in the balcony he flips his sword around and holds the blade with his hand (showing it cannot be sharp) and then whacks the guardsman with the broad side of the blade near the hilt, bending it at least 20-25 degrees. See more »


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swashbuckling Derring Do
30 March 2003 | by (Santa Maria, CA) – See all my reviews

Story is about 12th Century Lombardy under the iron heel of German Overlord Count Ulrich "the Hawk', but guerrillas resist. The plot begins five years before this time when Ulrich steals away the pretty wife of Archer Dardo who has no interest in joining the rebels. But this changes when his son is take from him. Burt Lancaster plays Dardo and Virginia Mayo plays his wife Anne. What steals away from the movie are the real actual acrobatics of warfare in those days. Fantastic circus performers show their skills. Lancaster, himself, was a circus performer, and certainly shows his muscular skills in this! Great fun!

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