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The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)

Technicolor and tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles of Crisby Dale, and his sister Meg, have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of their father's true ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Gilbert Blunt, Earl of Alban
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Meg
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William, Earl of Mackworth
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Sir James
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Prince Hal (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
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Francis Gascoyne
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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 and tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles of Crisby Dale, and his sister Meg, have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of their father's true identity. They are sent Mackworth Castle by their foster father with a letter to Lord Mackworth, urging him to take in Myles and Meg as wards. There, Myles is smitten with Mackworth's daughter, Lady Anne, incurs the enmity of the chief knight-in-training, and is assigned by Lord Mackworth to train for knighthood, himself so that he may claim his birthright and assist Mackworth and the stalwart Prince Hal in defeating the evil Duke of Alban, who plots to usurp King Henry's throne. Written by Kathy Li

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2 September 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der eiserne Ritter von Falworth  »

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Budget:

$1,171,750 (estimated)
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

This was Universal-International's first feature in CinemaScope. Whilst it was released in the widescreen format, it was not filmed in the new anamorphic process, but in standard 1:37 Academy ratio and then matted to 1:2.35 CinemaScope. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Opening credits prologue: ENGLAND

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Ever since childhood have I loved this!!
3 September 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have always been a huge Tony Curtis fan and loved this movie when I was a kid. It has been marvelous to see his development from fluff like this (great fluff though) to The Sweet Smell of Success. He is one the the most versatile and underrated stars of the last 50 years. The unusually excellent cast make this movie rise above the usual such fare. As one of the other posters here state, the training sequences are great as is Torin Thatcher (almost as good as his evil wizard in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad).

This movie is fun, anachronistic and historically inept but I love it almost as much now as I did as a child of 7/8 when I first saw it and revelled in the swash (and indeed buckle) of the medieval romp. Tony has never looked better and Janet Leigh is a dream. I remember playing Knights in armour all the way home with my pals after seeing this at the local fleapit. Power to you Tony!!! He never did say " Yonder lies the castle of my Fadda!" Suspend disbelief and enjoy!


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