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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 overview, first billed only:
Gilbert Blunt, Earl of Alban
William, Earl of Mackworth
Sir James
Prince Hal (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Francis Gascoyne
Doris Lloyd ...
Dame Ellen
Diccon Bowman
Leonard Mudie ...
Friar Edward
Maurice Marsac ...
Count de Vermois
Leo Britt ...
Sir Robert


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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A timeless story of Love, Honor and Glory. See more »


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Release Date:

2 September 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der eiserne Ritter von Falworth  »

Box Office


$1,171,750 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)| (Perspecta Sound encoding) (optical prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Universal-International's first feature in CinemaScope. While 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 »


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 »


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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Referenced in Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) See more »

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Tony Curtis as a Knight!!! REALLY?????
9 April 2000 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Looking back, it seems like they showed this movie every other Sunday afternoon (and I watched it everytime). It's of a time when knights were bold and their women were beautiful. And, a time when you settled your disputes on the 'field of honor'. Tony Curtis looks a bit awkward in the role of 'knight wannabe', but you soon suspend belief and accept him in the part.

The story unfolds in nicely presented vignettes (over the course of years), that are assembled effortlessly and almost seamlessly. Battles and glory await our hero (the girl awaits too). It's an entertaining journey to the climatic finish. Enjoy....

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