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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

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
Lyrics by Brian Hooker
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fine rudolph friml score
21 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable version of Rudolph Friml's operetta.Beautiful score song by Oreste and Kathryn Grayson.This was Oreste's only film.I read somewhere that the moviegoing public did not take to him .I think this because younger movie goers did not have the exposure to this music.If Nelson and Jeanette had startd in the fifties,I doubt they would have enjoyed the success they had in the thirties.Personally ,I considered Oreste a fine tenor and I still enjoy his recording of The Vagabond King.I wish they would show a marathon of operettas, so that the older viewers,such as myself ,could relive the pleasant movie going memories of yesteryear

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