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The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Romance | 9 July 1950 (USA)
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
Marchese Alessandro de Granazia
Frank Allenby ...
Count 'The Hawk' Ulrich
Francesca (as Lynne Baggett)
Gordon Gebert ...
Apollo - the Troubador
Victor Kilian ...
Mazzoni - Apothecary
Francis Pierlot ...
Papa Pietro


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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

9 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hawk and the Arrow  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Just as the boy Rudy is captured by the soldiers (and when he should be frightened), you see him grinning quite broadly at someone off-camera. See more »


Marchese Alessandro de Granazia: If only I could be sure you're as honest as you are pretty, but then with a collar around your neck... it's hard to tell whether your throat's blushing from passion or deceit.
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Enjoyable swashbuckling
28 February 1999 | by (Mountain View, Ca.) – See all my reviews

One of the more enjoyable swinging-from-the-chandelier-with-a- -sword adventures made a la Erroll Flynn. A lively pace, loads of action, a witty-if-fluffy script, an enchanting score, good performances, and above all an incredible number of acrobatic stunts make this utterly enjoyable. Lancaster had been a circus acrobat before he got into films, and managed to work every stunt he could do into the script. He even balances and poses on the top of a 20-foot pole, for real. I'm still amazed that a guy that big could be so good.

(This film also had an ongoing effect on Hollywood: At the time Lancaster's career was fading, he was typecast as a big dumb lug in the kind of Film Noir that was rapidly going out of fashion. He realized that he had to do something, and rather than rely on the studios he bought this script and produced it himself. And gave himself a whole new career, an example not lost on other actors. This was one of the films that marked the beginning of the end of the paternalistic studio system, one that showed actors that they could control their own careers. For good or ill.)

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