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Ivanhoe (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 20 February 1953 (USA)
A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

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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 <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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At last on the screen ! Biggest spectacle since Quo Vadis. See more »


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Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe  »

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$3,842,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film when Ivanhoe is looking for Richard I by singing until he finds the king, is historically accurate, with the exception that the singer was a minstrel called Blondel. When Leopold of Austria captured Richard I, Blondel went round all the castles singing Richard's favourite song. Supposedly Richard had co-written the song. When he heard Richard join in the chorus, he went home and told the Normans where Richard was. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 20 mins) During a castle battle scene, one of the hooded soldiers falls into the water. As he does, he grabs his hood that has fallen off and pulls it back onto his head. See more »

Quotes

Wamba: A gentleman at last, and my first task is to steal a horse!
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Connections

Referenced in De familie Knots: Enge dingen (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of Ivanhoe
(1952) (uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Marguerite Roberts
Sung by Robert Taylor and Norman Wooland
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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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