In 1191, King Richard the Lionhearted, along with several other European monarchs, is in the Holy Land intent on retaking Jerusalem from the Saracens. There is much infighting and outright treachery in the European encampment encampment however. Two nobles in particular, Sir Giles Amaury and Conrad of Montferrat, want to eliminate the English king and attempt to have him assassinated. Severely wounded and on his death bed, Richard is brought back to health by a Saracen doctor recruited by one of his loyal knights, Sir Kenneth of the Leopard. The king recovers from his wounds but when he hears that Sir Lawrence wishes to marry Lady Edith Plantagenet, the knight is banished only to be taken in by the very doctor who treated the king and who has an altogether different identity. Written by
The Mighty Story of Richard the Lion-Hearted!
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7 August 1954 (USA)
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(35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound System)| Mono
(Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm optical prints)
Aspect Ratio: 2.55 : 1
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The film invents a military order of "Castelaines" or "Castlers", of which Sir Giles (Robert Douglas
) is the Master. In the source novel, these characters are Knights Templar, whom Sir Walter Scott
invariably depicted as villains. It is unclear whether the change was made because of the Production Code (Templars were a monastic order, so hostile depictions might fall under the rules against negative depictions of clergy), or to avoid upsetting the Masonic Knights Templar, of which a number of distinguished Hollywood figures were members. See more
During the battle scene clouds of arrows are shot at the attacking cavalry; and while many men are hit, not a single horse is hit, wounded or killed. See more
[Sir Kenneth tries to steal a kiss
No, no, my dearly betrothed. Richard would set the headsman on your neck - he has said as much.
Then kiss me quickly, my bonnie, while these lips are still warm.
No, no! (they kiss) Ah, this is a pleasant madness.
A lunacy with which I would love to be afflicted... to the end of my life. If Richard would take my life, I must kiss softly.
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