A highwayman uncovers a plot to assassinate King Charles II.

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Lady Mary
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Michael Dermott
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James - Duke of Brampton
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Jack
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Capt Herrick
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Sheldon
Tudor Owen ...
Simon
Melville Cooper ...
Henry Wynch
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Sir Gilbert Talbot
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Turnkey
Joan Elan ...
Charity Fell
Charles Davis ...
Apothecary
Ashley Cowan ...
Skene
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Lady Mary's father is innocently accused of treason and is executed. It is the king's evil chancellor, the duke of Brampton, who has found a way of getting rich by accusing his enemies of treason, having them killed and then expropriating their fortune. Lady Mary travels to London to meet the duke, but instead meets the handsome highwayman Michael Dermott. Dermott has found the duke's notebook where all his evil schemes have been written down. Obviously, the duke is very anxious to get his notebook back... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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5 August 1955 (USA)  »

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Des Königs Dieb  »

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Also featured two actors who shared the role of The Saint (Simon Templar): George Sanders (film), Sir Roger Moore (television). See more »

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Referenced in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

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The film rests on the assumption that Charles II of England wasn't a big jerk...which he was.
30 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am a retired American who taught world history. Although Charles II is shown as an all-around swell guy beset with disloyal jerks waiting to kill him, he was, in fact, a divine right king who managed to eventually lose much of the good will the English had towards him when the monarchy was restored. The English were dreadfully sorry they chopped off the head of Charles I and were ready to make amends. Charles, however, wasn't about to learn the lesson of his father-- and continued to behave as if he was never to be challenged in his role as king. Things really were bad...so bad that when his brother, James II, took the thrown the English soon chased him out of the country and replaced the Stuarts with a Dutch king and queen. So, as I watched the film, I had to laugh because it did re-write history just a tad! But enough of a mini lecture...on to the film itself.

The film is about yet another plot to kill the king by a disloyal bunch of jerks. However, there is a small book with this information in it--and it's stolen by a group of highway men! Are these crooks evil crooks or the Hollywood type who are intensely loyal Englishman who love their king? Through the course of this film you'll learn!

So although it might not be all that accurate, is this an enjoyable film? No. Not really. Like too many period films, the dialog is stilted and the picture lacks humanity and realism. It looks like a stagy production and sounds like one too. Watchable but hardly a must-see.


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