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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Classic Story Made Into a Classic Film See more (55 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)
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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 (music by) (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:
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:
Wamba:A gentleman at last, and my first task is to steal a horse!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Song of IvanhoeSee more »

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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A Classic Story Made Into a Classic Film, 26 November 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Of the four films that Robert Taylor called his "iron jockstrap movies" Ivanhoe is probably the best. Filmed on location in Great Britain with a classic mixed cast of American and British players, Ivanhoe is a film for those of us who like their heroes strong and true and their causes noble ones.

It's a noble cause in every sense of the word. King Richard the Lion Hearted is held captive by Duke Leopold of Austria on a return from the Crusades. Leopold's demanding a hefty sum and Prince John who is regent over in England ain't in no big hurry to pay it. So it is one Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight on Crusade with the Norman King, who takes up the burden of raising that ransom.

As Walter Scott wrote the story, Ivanhoe is a pretty virtuous fellow who takes those chivalry vows quite seriously. If this had been made at 20th Century Fox Tyrone Power would have been Ivanhoe. But MGM had a perfect actor for Ivanhoe in Robert Taylor, especially with the success Quo Vadis had previously.

Joan Fontaine is the prim and proper Lady Rowena and Elizabeth Taylor is the lovely Rebecca ready to be martyred for her Jewish faith. She's the key to this whole film. She's crushing big time on Ivanhoe, but it is Norman knight Bois Guilbert who has it bad for her.

George Sanders who plays Bois Guilbert has the most complex role in the film. He's genuinely in love with Liz Taylor, but all she sees is the oppressor of her people in him. Of course by his reasoning the Normans are enjoying the spoils of conquest in England which they've been doing since 1066 even though it's over 120 years at this point. Nevertheless he's a brave knight and a worthy opponent of Ivanhoe.

Guy Rolfe as Prince John has an interesting part as well. Except in a Doctor Who episode I've never seen a good characterization of Prince later King John. Guy Rolfe is no exception. When Elizabeth Taylor is on trial for witchcraft and sorcery and Ivanhoe challenges the verdict of the court with a wager of battle, Rolfe knows how Sanders feels about Taylor. Yet in an act of supreme cruelty he chooses him as the court's champion. I suppose the idea was for Rolfe to get some kind of sadistic amusement at Sanders's discomfort. It costs Rolfe dearly.

Other good performances come from those four reliable players Finlay Currie as Cedric of Ivanhoe, Felix Aylmer as Isaac of York, Robert Douglas as Hugh DeBracy, and Emlyn Williams as Womba the Squire.

In that 19th century romantic age of literature Walter Scott did much to elevate the ideals of chivalry to what we popularly accept them today. Of course back in the day those knights weren't all that chivalrous all the time.

But this film heeds to that bit of philosophy about American popular myths, "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

Or film it as the case may be.

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