During the French Revolution, a French nobleman saves the 10-year-old son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette from the guillotine with the help of an English woman.

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Duke Philippe de Beauvais
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Virginia Traill
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Colonel St. Gerard
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Louis XVII / Richard de Beauvais
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Lady Lydia Fell
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Mr. Patient
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Glynis
Brian Rawlinson ...
Dylan Evans
Terence Longdon ...
Col. Sir Frederick Venner
Frederick Leister ...
Capt. Andrew Ogden
Derek Oldham ...
William
Jean Mercure ...
Chief of Police
Raymond Gérôme ...
Citizen-Director of the Revolution
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M. Petitval
Jean Claudio ...
DeCastres, Philippe's Comrade in Paris
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During the French Revolution, a French nobleman saves the 10-year-old son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette from the guillotine with the help of an English woman.

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Woven on the silken thread of intrigue...a spectacular tale of escape! See more »


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10 October 1958 (USA)  »

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O Príncipe Lendário  »

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The Welsh island in the story is named as Caldey Island, a real place off the coast of Pembrokeshire, but much smaller than this film suggests - it would seem that none of the movie was actually filmed on Caldey, which is principally the home of an ancient Benedictine monastery where a distinctive perfume is manufactured by monks. See more »

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Colonel St. Gerard: For such a beautiful woman, Mademoiselle, you are a surprisingly bad liar.
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French history rewritten - again!
11 May 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Did you know that Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette had a son, and that this son when he was aged ten and in danger from the Revolution, fled to a small Welsh island in a balloon? You didn't? Quelle surprise!

This is Dangerous Exile's basic premise. It's a fantastical and farcical one at the same time, and it's to the cast's credit that they manage to play it straight throughout. There is the usual amount of swashbuckling (although confined to the last third) and the kind of laboured "historical" dialogue which 50's screenwriters appear to have been unable to overcome. Jourdan and Michell both move with a stiffness and moody demeanour which can only mean there's a haemorrhoid attack on the horizon, while Belinda Lee (as an American visiting her rich English aunt!) provides an arresting decolletage but little else.

A lot of this movie was shot at night and as such has a brooding quality which often overwhelms the slight material. Hurst, a stalwart of British movies of the 40s and 50s, keeps things moving in a methodical manner, but when all's said and done, there are too many familiar, staid elements for the movie to work as a whole.

Mildly enjoyable if you like this kind of movie, and only 5 out of 10.


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