Quentin Durward (1955)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, History  |  16 April 1956 (Sweden)
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A Scottish knight in France to facilitate a marriage between a rich and beautiful countess and his aging uncle becomes involved in court intrigue.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Kendall ...
Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy
George Cole ...
Alec Clunes ...
Charles, Duke of Burgundy
Duncan Lamont ...
Laya Raki ...
Gypsy Dancer
Marius Goring ...
Master Oliver (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Bishop of Liége
John Carson ...
Duke of Orléans
Nicholas Hannen ...
John, Cardinal Balue
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Lord Malcolm


In 1465 Quentin Durwood travels to France to meet Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy, on behalf of his elderly Scottish uncle whom, for political reasons, the Duke of Burgundy intends she marry. A man of honour who may have sworn too many oaths, Durward finds he and Isabelle being used as pawns in a deadly game by the Duke and devious King Louis XI. One look at Isabelle has convinced Durward this is where he and his heart have to be. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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MGM presents in CINEMASCOPE and COLOR...Sir Walter Scott's The Adventures of Quentin Durward See more »


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Release Date:

16 April 1956 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Sir Walter Scott's Quentin Durward  »

Box Office


$2,470,000 (estimated)

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm optical prints)| (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm magnetic prints)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charles Goldner was cast in the role of Hayraddin but he died in 1955 and the role was given to British comedian George Cole. See more »


During the time period of the movie the matchlock would have been the common firearm, however, the telltale puff of smoke from the flash pan is missing every time one is fired. See more »


Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy: [about Durward] Help him, you miserable man!
Hayraddin: [Self-deprecatingly] What do you expect from the son of a horse thief?
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.5 (1955) See more »

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Another Colorful Historical Movie From MGM
28 March 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Anyone looking for insightful commentary on the human condition in a movie should avoid "Quentin Durward." Robert Taylor plays Durward, a poor knight out of place in his time, as he acknowledges to his uncle at the movie's start. Once the story preliminaries are over, Taylor goes on his mission to France, where everyone is against him, including Count de la Mark, the Beast of the Ardennes.

"Quentin Durward" has great castle background shots, great photography and pretty good action. Robert Morley's well fed appearance softens his role, a king who cheerfully sells everyone out, causing death and terror. In "Quentin Durward", life is cheap and death often comes in a grim manner. Without giving away the plot, there are a lot of peripheral characters who get messed up along the way. There are no big scale castle sieges like Ivanhoe, just the aftermath after de la Mark takes over the castle of the Bishop of Liege. The costumed characters in "Quentin Durward" have real problems, such as Kay Kendall's character, who is being forced into a marriage she doesn't want. Money, land and power are the driving forces of the bad guys (which would include de la Mark, Morley's Louis XI and even Durward's uncle).

In 1955, if MGM made a movie about crooked real estate speculators trying to rob a young woman of her inheritance, no one would pay to see the movie. Instead, MGM brings out the costumes, the great production values and a script tailored for Robert Taylor, including some snippy remarks, set in 15th century France.

Moviegoers in 1955 waiting for Robert Taylor to appear in his next MGM costume action movie were like the character in "Waiting for Godot." "Quentin Durward" was the end of a line of historical movies that MGM started 30 years earlier, with "Ben-Hur."

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