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Ivanhoe (1952)

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A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.



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Patrick Holt ...
Roderick Lovell ...
Ralph DeVipont
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In the centre of this Walter Scott classic fiction inspired film the chivalrousness and the daring stand. Ivanhoe, the disowned knight join to the bravehearted and high-minded Robin Hood, the valiant of Forest Sherwood. They want King Richard to rule the kingdom instead of evil Prince John. Written by Kornel Osvart <>

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Release Date:

20 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ivanhoe - Der schwarze Ritter  »

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$3,842,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Released in the summer of 1952, Ivanhoe (1952) was MGM's highest grossing film for the year and one of the top four moneymakers of 1952, grossing over $6.2 million. The film had taken in $1,310,590 at the box office in thirty-nine days of limited release, setting a record for an MGM film. According to the Motion Picture Almanac, the film was the second highest-grossing film of 1952, taking in more than $7,000,000 at the box office. See more »


During the fight scene in the dungeon, Cedric's costume clearly shows a zipper on the back. See more »


Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert: Rebecca, you must blame the fates that it was I who loved you, and not Ivanhoe - for you were always mine, and only mine - God keep you.
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Rebecca: No, my lady. I stole a little happiness, perhaps - but not from you - or him - only from my dreams.
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The Song of Ivanhoe
(1952) (uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Marguerite Roberts
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An entertaining fairy tale come to life
27 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I can't comment on the film as an adaption but I did find that it was quite entertaining standing alone. Some have criticized Robert Taylor for being too stiff, but I found him to be suitably formal and chivalrous. Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Fontaine both provided ample glamour and grace to their roles. They are also both very photogenic to say the least. The performance of George Sanders intrigued me the most. Though a villain, he actually became more sympathetic to me as the movie progressed. The relationship of the four major characters was what kept me interested. Although I am sure it took careful planning and execution (and a lot of extras) to stage the fight scenes, I actually thought they were quite perfunctory. Solid if not spectacular, 7/10.

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