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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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Anne de Hesse
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Marchese Alessandro de Granazia
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Count 'The Hawk' Ulrich
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Piccolo
Lynn Baggett ...
Francesca (as Lynne Baggett)
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Apollo - the Troubador
Victor Kilian ...
Mazzoni - Apothecary
Francis Pierlot ...
Papa Pietro
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Skinner
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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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Veteran stuntman Duke Green was seriously injured doing a stunt in this film. He was supposed to catch his foot in a snare on a forest pathway and be whipped upright off his feet. The rigging from the platform above him broke, and he plunged to the ground, breaking his neck. He eventually recovered to a degree and did some minor stuntwork in the years following, but the injury effectively ended his 25-year career as a stuntman. See more »

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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 »

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Dardo Bartoli: I learned a long time ago, my lady, never trust a mountain cat when she stops snarling and never trust a woman when your back is turned.
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Great fun! Plenty of action!

A fine show of acrobats! A fable for fun!

Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat indulge themselves in long leaps and vaults, pirouetting in mid-air, swinging on tapestries and chandeliers, and baffling the tyrant Ulrich with their tricks... Plenty of action!

The film is a flamboyant spoof of the Robin Hood genre, set against the castle battlements and banquet halls of medieval Lombardy... Ideally cast opposite Lancaster's swashbuckling Dardo were Virginia Mayo as the obligatory lady-fair, and Robert Douglas and Frank Allenby as the suavest of villains...

To play his mute sidekick, Piccolo, Lancaster engaged his old friend and circus partner, Nick Cravat. The result was a joyful team... Together they battled spearmen with blazing torches, and leaped around castle balconies...

"The Flame and the Arrow" is a colorful adventure film with a great closing shot: Lancaster swinging in a series of circular movements on metalwork high above the courtyard of an old castle...

Lancaster's acrobatics boosted his box-office value, and so did another swashbuckler, 'The Crimson Pirate.'

...I saw this movie, with my little brother Paul, when it first came out in Lebanon, in Beirut, 47 years ago... I was ten, and today I still remember each Technicolor frame, because it was so enchanting and beautiful… It was such a particular time for the kids we were...


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