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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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Oreste Kirkop ...
François Villon (as Oreste)
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Tristan (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Rene de Montigny
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Ferrebouc
Billy Vine ...
Jacques
Harry McNaughton ...
Colin
Florence Sundstrom ...
Laughing Margot
Lucie Lancaster ...
Margaret
Raymond Bramley ...
The Scar
Gregory Morton ...
General Antoine De Chabannes
Ralph Sumpter ...
Bishop of Paris and Turin
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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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Musical | Romance

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29 August 1956 (USA)  »

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König der Vagabunden  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Kathryn Grayson and Oreste Kirkop disliked each other intensely. An opera star, Kirkop considered her "merely a singer in movies" and she considered him to be a "pompous oaf". During the filming they spoke to each other only when required by the script. See more »

Quotes

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 If I Were King (1920) See more »

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Some Day
(uncredited)
from operetta "The Vagabond King"
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Brian Hooker
Sung by Kathryn Grayson
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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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