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Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  27 February 1954 (USA)
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The wartime adventures of Scotish highland leader Rob Roy MacGregor during the reign of King George I in the 18th century.

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After the 1715 defeat of the clans, one of the highland leaders, Rob Roy MacGregor escapes, has lots of adventures, gets married, and eventually becomes enough of a nuisance to George I to be outlawed, and hunted by the English. Written by Kathy Li

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Lady Margaret's wound seems to move. When first hit, she presses her hand to her ribs, but when hiding it, she smooths her shawl carefully over her breast. Her breathing difficulties suggest the wound is indeed in the chest. Helen seems to be looking towards her bosom when she notices it, but there is no visible blood. The most plausible in-universe explanation is that the ball glanced off her stays and went up into the breast, but it's more likely poor continuity combined with Disney/Hays Code coyness over chest-wounds in women. See more »

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Probably the best FAMILY entertainment version of Rob Roy ever made.
5 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This Walt Disney (early, when Walt Disney Production was synonymous with wholesome family fare - poor Walt!) film, was actually part of a trilogy contracted with British actors Richard Todd and James Robertson Justice (The Sword and the Rose & The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men were the other two). The lovely Glynis Johns, who plays Rob's wife, portrays a charming Mary Tudor in the Sword and the Rose, but is absent from 'Robin Hood'. Joan Rice is delightful as Maid Marion, but ....

Admittedly, one shouldn't substitute 'Highland Rogue' for a documentary on Scottish history of the period. However, there is more than enough accuracy to explain the attitudes and conflicts of the time.

Richard Todd shows, clearly, why he was one of the top British film stars of his time and why he was a popular North American import for both stage and screen . He was one of the most passionately animated actors to achieve leading man status. His dark good looks, range of expression, and obvious athleticism (he served as a paratrooper in WWII) complemented his energetic performances.

Those who, after watching him, have wondered why he didn't have even greater success in North America, should remember two things: Britain, aflame with patriotic fervor after the war, had a very strong film industry of its own; therefore, many actors felt no desire to join Hollywood's 'British Colony'. Also, Todd fell slightly short, pardon the pun, of North America's standard for romantic leading men.

For those concerned about coarse language, explicit sex, or graphic violence when selecting family viewing - this is a keeper. The historic struggle, warm interaction between the stars, and humour should satisfy the more mature members, while the bright colours and action sequences should appeal to all.

I first saw this movie about 45 years ago and 3 scenes stayed with me until 'my good woman' was able to find a copy for me last year. (Since I watch it every month, she uses it as one of her arguments when she feels a need to remind me why I should appreciate her so much!) I also heartily recommend the other two movies from the trilogy as wonderful family viewing.


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