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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Noel Langley (screenplay)
Æneas MacKenzie (adaptation)
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Release Date:
20 February 1953 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(63 articles)
"Filth" Team Plan A New Take On "Ivanhoe"
 (From Dark Horizons. 20 February 2015, 7:57 AM, PST)

Filth Director To Tackle Ivanhoe
 (From Obsessed with Film. 19 February 2015, 1:21 PM, PST)

Irvine Welsh, Jon S. Baird Reteam To Adapt Walter Scott’s ‘Ivanhoe’
 (From Deadline. 19 February 2015, 11:39 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Haven't Seen nothing Better on Walter Scott's Classic Novel See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Ivanhoe

Elizabeth Taylor ... Rebecca

Joan Fontaine ... Rowena

George Sanders ... De Bois-Guilbert
Emlyn Williams ... Wamba
Robert Douglas ... Sir Hugh De Bracy

Finlay Currie ... Cedric
Felix Aylmer ... Isaac
Francis De Wolff ... Front De Boeuf (also as Francis DeWolff)
Norman Wooland ... King Richard
Basil Sydney ... Waldemar Fitzurse
Harold Warrender ... Locksley
Patrick Holt ... Philip DeMalvoisin
Roderick Lovell ... Ralph DeVipont

Sebastian Cabot ... Clerk of Copmanhurst
John Ruddock ... Hundebert
Michael Brennan ... Baldwin
Megs Jenkins ... Servant to Isaac
Valentine Dyall ... Norman Guard
Lionel Harris ... Roger of Bermondsley
Carl Jaffe ... Austrian Monk

Guy Rolfe ... Prince John
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Benson ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Robert Brown ... Castle Guard Yelling 'Horseman Approaching from the South!' (uncredited)
Pamela Davis ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Noel Langley (screenplay)

Æneas MacKenzie (adaptation)

Marguerite Roberts  screenplay (originally uncredited)
Sir Walter Scott  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as F.A. Young)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Clarke (film editor)
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
 
Costume Design by
Roger K. Furse (costumes designed by) (as Roger Furse)
 
Makeup Department
Joan Johnstone .... hairdressing
Charles E. Parker .... makeup (as Charles Parker)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director (uncredited)
Cecil F. Ford .... second unit director (uncredited)
Brian Humphries .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Martin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Price .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
 
Visual Effects by
Tom Howard .... photographic effects
 
Stunts
George Bruggeman .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Clegg .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Paddy Ryan .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeremy Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Body .... focus puller (uncredited)
Stephen Dade .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Skeets Kelly .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... technicolor color consultant
Angela Martelli .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1952) | Norway:11 | Norway:7 (1953) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (#15505) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Scriptwriter Marguerite Roberts was a member of the American Communist Party and in 1951 she was ordered to appear before the House of Un-American Activities Committee. Roberts and her husband John Sanford refused to name fellow members of the party and were both blacklisted. MGM received permission from the SWG (Screen Writer's Guild) to remove Roberts' name from the film after she refused to testify before HUAC.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Characters are shown eating turkey during the feast in Ivanhoe's father's hall. Turkeys are indigenous to North America, and were not known in England in the 12th Century.See more »
Quotes:
Minor Role:Milord, there is a stranger at your gate who begs shelter. He is a Jew who calls himself Isaac of York.
Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert:I share no roof with an infidel.
Wamba:Why not, sir knight? For every Jew you show me who's not a Christian, l'll show you a Christian who's not a Christian.
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Soundtrack:
The Song of IvanhoeSee more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Haven't Seen nothing Better on Walter Scott's Classic Novel, 7 October 2006
Author: ragosaal from Argentina

In his return from the crusades king Richard of England is captured and held for ransom by Austrian king Leopold. His loyal knight Wifred of Ivanhoe tries to collect the amount for his liberation but Prince John (Richard's brother) sits now in the throne and will do anything to stay there with the aid of some Normand knights.

This is a real good action and adventure medieval film with knights, maidens, castles, tournaments, battles, duels and else. Richard Thorpe direction is excellent (perhaps his best work ever); you'll find also good color photography, well made settings and an interesting plot. Costumes and armours -though perhaps too "hollywoodish" perfect- are also a plus.

Robert Taylor (Ivanhoe) was in his peak and does well as the reliable and faithful knight who fights for his captive king. George Sanders is very well casted as Brian de Bois Gilbert the Templar warrior-monk that would give up his honor for the love of the Jewish maiden Rebbeca (Elizabeth Taylor) but will rather see her death when he is rejected. Joan Fontaine is Lady Rowena Ivanhoe's bride. The rest of the cast includes some all time favourites as Felix Aylmer (Rebbeca's father), Finlay Currie (Cedric the Saxon), Robert Douglas (as Sanders's sidekick Sir Hugh de Bracy) and in a typical role for him Guy Rolfe as the treacherous and ambitious Prince John (this guy was born to play villains).

The tournament in which Ivanhoe challenges the five top Saxon knights and the assault on Front de Beuf's castle by Robin of Locksley and his men are very well achieved action scenes and even more if you consider it was the early 50's. And the final duel between Taylor and Sanders is a great climax for the film (notice they chose war axe and iron ball and chain instead of the usual swords).

A most enjoyable film in its genre.

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