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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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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 »

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Bearded Noble: To save the shedding of blood, might we not still parley with the spider?
Charles: You do not parley with a spider, you squash him!
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Version of The Vagabond King (1930) See more »

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Only A Rose
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Brian Hooker
Sung by Oreste Kirkop and Kathryn Grayson
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A glossy studio-bound production...Where's the video version?!?
22 November 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I saw this during its neighborhood run in the year of its release and remember that it made glorious use of Paramount's "high-fidelity" VistaVision process, with some very ripe Technicolor liberally applied to everything about the production (courtesy of the wonderful cinematographer, Robert Burks, who did so much outstanding work for Alfred Hitchcock.)

I'd love to revisit this one, despite its very studio-bound aura. It was a feast for the eyes and also for the ears. The handsome tenor, Oreste, had the misfortune to make his screen debut as the Hollywood movie musical was about to be consigned to the fond mists of memory. He and Kathryn Grayson made a great team singing that melodic Friml music.


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