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The Vagabond King (1956)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  29 August 1956 (USA)
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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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Oreste Kirkop ...
François Villon (as Oreste)
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Walter Hampden ...
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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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29 August 1956 (USA)  »

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König der Vagabunden  »

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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 »

Quotes

Huguette: I can tell by your shifty look that you have been untrue to me.
François Villon: And you?
Huguette: I've been true as the stars in Heaven.
François Villon: I know where THEY spend their nights. I'm not sure where YOU do.
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Version of The Vagabond King (1930) See more »

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Bon Jour
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Oreste Kirkop
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A forgotten film that deserves to be un-forgotten
13 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Vagabond King did have the ingredients in the first place to be good. And it was. The story is rather old-fashioned and has a couple of dull spots, but I also think it is quite charming and well-meant too. You do forget that though when you see the lavish production values, the costumes, sets and photography are all gorgeous to look at, and hear the beautiful score and memorable songs that add so much to the film's quality. Song of the Vagabonds is especially catchy. The choreography and direction, apart from a couple of stage-bound moments, are otherwise skillful. The cast also add a lot. Kathryn Grayson is a charmer, Rita Moreno plays her role with both grace and fire and you can never go wrong with Vincent Price as narrator. The real surprise though was Oreste, handsome in looks, dashing in acting ability and ringingly resonant in voice, one does wonder why he like the film was forgotten afterwards. All in all, a very well-done film that is worthy of more appreciation. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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