The Vagabond King (1956)

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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)
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 <>

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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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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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Walter Hampden, who plays King Louis XI in this film, never saw it. He died more than a year before its release. See more »


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Music by Rudolf Friml
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Wonderful production

This 1956 film version of the Rudolph Friml operetta "The Vagabond King" is a seldom seen gem of a production. Starring Kathryn Grayson, this was meant to be a star vehicle for European opera star Oreste. It didn't quite happen. It is wonderful however seeing some big name stars when they were very young performing in supporting roles. Leslie Neilson, of Naked Gun fame, Jack Lord of Hawaii Five-o, and Rita Moreno all put in admirable performances. It's even narrated by Vincent Price. Some day soon it'll be released on video.

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