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The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, History, Romance  |  2 September 1954 (USA)
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Technicolor & tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles and his sister Meg have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of who their father really was. But one day ... See full summary »

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Gilbert Blunt, Earl of Alban
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Meg
Herbert Marshall ...
William, Earl of Mackworth
Torin Thatcher ...
Sir James
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Prince Hal (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
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Craig Hill ...
Francis Gascoyne
Ian Keith ...
Doris Lloyd ...
Dame Ellen
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Diccon Bowman
Leonard Mudie ...
Friar Edward
Maurice Marsac ...
Count de Vermois
Leo Britt ...
Sir Robert
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Technicolor & tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles and his sister Meg have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of who their father really was. But one day they journey to Macworth castle. There Myles falls in love with the Mackworth's daughter Anne, makes friends and enemies, and learns to be a knight so that, through the planning of Mackworth and his friend, Prince Hal, Myles can regain his true birthright from the evil Albon, and bear the black shield of Falworth. Written by Kathy Li

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2 September 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der eiserne Ritter von Falworth  »

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$1,171,750 (estimated)
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This was Universal-International's first feature in CinemaScope. See more »

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During the final battle, one of Mackworth's squires pushes two Alban soldiers off the wall onto the drawbridge. One soldier falls into the moat, the other slashes the squire, who falls to the ground near the drawbridge rope wheel. The squire cuts the rope, then faints by the wheel, and the other soldier falls off the drawbridge into the moat. When a group of knights ride across the drawbridge, an Alban soldier lies by the -drawbridge wheel instead of a Mackworth squire. See more »

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Myles Falworth: [Sir James instructs Myles to ride a horse among a series of pells - upright supports - with his hands over his head. When he fails, he complains to Sir James that he cannot control the horse] How is the horse supposed to know, unless he has more sense than I?
Sir James: A possibility not so remote as you might imagine.
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Thanks for the impression
20 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess this qualifies as an overdue "thank you" to this movie for getting me started in a lifelong love of history. I saw this movie originally as an 8 year old. I knew nothing about movies, stars, plots, directors or anything else about film, but Oh how I wanted to swash and buckle after seeing it!

It also got me interested in reading more about the era, and beyond that to other eras as well. Since then I have always been sympathetic to historical epics and movies on screen--and elsewhere. No matter how horrendous they might be (and some of them are pretty horrendous), I figure if it gets people interested they can go from there. The funny thing is is that the real history is often much more fascinating--and can be more fun--than the Hollywood variety. In fact I never fully understood why people thought history was boring--perhaps it was too many dates.

So thanks Tony, Janet, David, and Craig for getting me started.


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