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The Vagabond King (1956)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 29 August 1956 (USA)
Louis XI of France drafts Paris's popular "king" of criminals as Provost Marshal in his fight against usurper Charles of Burgundy and the traitorous nobles who rally around him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oreste Kirkop ...
François Villon (as Oreste)
Tristan (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Walter Hampden ...
Billy Vine ...
Harry McNaughton ...
Florence Sundstrom ...
Laughing Margot
Lucie Lancaster ...
Raymond Bramley ...
The Scar
Gregory Morton ...
General Antoine De Chabannes
Ralph Sumpter ...
Bishop of Paris and Turin


In 1461, French nobles fearing King Louis XI may seize their lands, join forces with the rebellious Duke of Burgundy to overthrow the king. One of the Duke's captains suggests enlisting the aid of Francois Villon who is known to oppose the king and is leader of the Vagabonds, a group that robs the rich to aid the poor. In league with Burgundy, Villon and two of his cohorts enter Paris, but are captured by the king's men. The king, recognizing Villon's power over the people, proposes that Villon defend Paris against Burgundy and help uncover traitors in the court. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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THE MUSICAL SPECTACLE that introduces the great new singing star...ORESTE!


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Release Date:

29 August 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

König der Vagabunden  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Vincent Price did a voiceover for this film but went uncredited. See more »


François Villon: [finding Catherine bowing to him] What does THIS mean?
Catherine de Vaucelles: It means, my lord, that at last a man of courage has come to the aid of France.
François Villon: You're judging me only by my words. Had you best not wait and judge me by my deeds?
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Version of The Beloved Rogue (1927) See more »


Huguette Waltz
from operetta "The Vagabond King"
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Brian Hooker
Sung by Rita Moreno
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It is a great shame that one cannot find past reordings of this Movie and Tenor
13 July 2002 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

It is a great shame that one cannot find past recordings of this great movie. Also it is almost impossible to find recordings of this unique Tenor. Perhaps it is about time that "Vagabond King" will be resuscitated by the use of today's technology. Likewise digital recorings from the Archives of this great Voice can at lest give us a rest from listening to the "three Tenors" over, and over again.

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