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The King's Thief (1955)

Not Rated | | Adventure, History | 5 August 1955 (USA)
A highwayman uncovers a plot to assassinate King Charles II.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles II
Capt Herrick
Henry Wynch
Sir Gilbert Talbot
Charity Fell
Charles Davis ...
Ashley Cowan ...


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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Release Date:

5 August 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Des Königs Dieb  »

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Box Office


$1,577,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$478,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,549,000, 31 December 1955
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Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Robert Taylor and then Stewart Granger were considered for the main role. See more »


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

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Enjoyable MGM historical adventure in vivid color
2 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

This is an old-fashioned adventure movie, but there's nothing wrong with that! Our time period is the 1660's or so, with Charles II on the English throne. That the film is in color helps a great deal, allowing us to fully enjoy the fine costumes and the beauty of the leading lady. There is some good swordplay and other good action scenes. The knowledgeable film fan will spot a number of familiar faces in the cast. This film puts many of the backlot locations of MGM to good use. They're gone now; you can appreciate them here. Recommended.

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