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The King's Thief (1955)

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
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Henry Wynch
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Sir Gilbert Talbot
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Turnkey
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Charity Fell
Charles Davis ...
Apothecary
Ashley Cowan ...
Skene
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Storyline

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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A romance inspired by a true story of a soldier of fortune!

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5 August 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Des Königs Dieb  »

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$1,577,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Features two actors who later played James Bond: David Niven and Roger Moore. See more »

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

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Watchable but trite script prevents good cast from doing their best...
29 March 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Even lavish sets and costumes and a background score by Miklos Rozsa can't save THE KING'S THIEF from the boredom of a banal script. Lots of flashing swordplay takes place, but none of it has enough sizzle to make up for a tiresome story about a scoundrel (David Niven) who is keeping his thievery a secret from Charles II (George Sanders).

The best sequence involves an adventurous escape from heavy chains in a prison dungeon and a final encounter in a tower holding fabulous jewels whereby our hero ultimately wins the approval of Charles II.

David Niven does well enough as the charming thief, handsome Edmund Purdom is nimble and rugged enough as a swashbuckling highwayman, and Ann Blyth is pretty in her costume finery. But none of them have more than cardboard characters to work with and the end result is a routine period adventure wasting a talented cast.

Even Rosza's score is less memorable than most of his work for this kind of swashbuckler.


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