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The Dark Avenger (1955)

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During the 14th century the 100-year war between France and England ends in a truce and with the English occupation of French Aquitainia. Rebel French knights vow to continue the war and oust Prince Edward of Walles, ruler of Aquitainia.

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Prince Edward
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Lady Joan Holland
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Comte De Ville
Yvonne Furneaux ...
Marie
Patrick Holt ...
Sir Ellys
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Moultrie Kelsall ...
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Robert Urquhart ...
Sir Philip
Noel Willman ...
Fanny Rowe ...
Genevieve (as Frances Rowe)
Alastair Hunter ...
Libeau
Rupert Davies ...
Sir John
Ewen Solon ...
D'Estell
Vincent Winter ...
John Holland
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Thomas Holland
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During the 14th century the 100-year war between France and England ends in a truce and with the English occupation of French Aquitainia. Rebel French knights vow to continue the war and oust Prince Edward of Walles, ruler of Aquitainia.

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Errol Flynn. Only His Arms Were Mighty Enough To Hold A Nation's Destiny...And A Woman's Love. See more »


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Michael Hordern who plays Errol Flynn's father, was over two years younger than Flynn. See more »


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Bella Marie
Music by Cedric Thorpe Davie
Lyrics by Christopher Hassall
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He wasn't the "Black Prince" for nothing
28 November 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Years ago I read a book on the Hundred Years War by an English historian named Desmond Siward. The author's premise was that there is indeed an English and a French interpretation of the conflict. The English see it as a great period of glory and conquest in their history. The French look on it as a century of agony for their people. Professor Siward came down pretty hard on his fellow countrymen and said the French version is far closer to the mark.

Case in point is Edward, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Edward III of England and military genius bar none. He was in fact the architect and inspiration of their military victories at Crecy and Poitiers. Edward was also a pretty bloodthirsty guy who led a massacre at Limoges and also negotiated an alliance with the Castilian Ruler Pedro the Cruel. I'll let his name speak for itself.

The movie here has the English as liberators as Edward comes to the continent to enforce his father's claim on Aquitaine. In fact that had been part of the English crown through their descent from Eleanor of Aquitaine. In point of fact the Black Prince was there trying to enforce Dad's claim on the throne of France itself through his mother who was a daughter of the French king Philip IV the Fair. That was what the whole Hundred Years War was about, the English trying to conquer France, pure and simple.

An aged Errol Flynn who's dissipation is plainly showing is the Black Prince. He looks older than Michael Hordern who appears briefly as Edward III. I think Flynn may very well have been older than his "dad."

Joanne Dru plays Joan of Kent, widow of Sir John Holland and beloved of the Black Prince. The love story is one of the great medieval legends of Merrie Old England and maybe they should have made a film on just that. But Ms. Dru looks bored throughout. She was soooo much better in Red River, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, and All the King's Men.

Peter Finch plays the "villain" Count Robert DeVille, deputy of the Constable of France, DuGuesclin who waged a successful guerrilla war against the English although it wasn't called that then. Finch is a villain because he and other nobles won't accept a peace treaty with England that their King John has signed in captivity. How rude of them. Finch is the best one in this film and he could easily have been written as the hero.

This was the last of Errol Flynn's swashbucklers and he was clearly getting too old for believable swordplay.


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