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)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Gray-Haired Noble: If Louie lives, he will absorb our castles, lands, dukedoms.
Bearded Noble: He would make one nation of France, and that nation his.
Charles: Making nobles of peasants; peasants of nobles.
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Version of The Oubliette (1914) See more »


Only A Rose
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Brian Hooker
Sung by Oreste Kirkop and Kathryn Grayson
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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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