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Anne Wyndham
Marius Goring ...
Colonel Beaumont
Peter Arne ...
Edmund Tyler
Clive Morton ...
Lord Harcourt
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Richard Leech ...
Henry Strangeways
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Judith Strangeways
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Martin Strangeways (as Michael Anderson Jnr.)
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Parfitt
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Julian Somers ...
Captain Foster
Sylvia Bidmead ...
Meg
Patrick Waddington ...
Lord Dorset
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After the battle of Worcester at the end of the Civil War, the main aim of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth is to capture Charles Stuart. The future king's escape depends on the intrepid Earl of Dawlish, who as the Moonraker has already spirited away many Royalists. Dawlish travels to the Windwhistle Inn on the south coast to prepare the escape, where he meets Anne Wyndham, the fiancée of a top Roundhead colonel. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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£500 REWARD! The Moonraker must be captured... DEAD OR ALIVE!

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3 August 1958 (UK)  »

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Not to be confused with the James Bond novel and film "Moonraker". Ironically, George Baker appeared in two Bond films: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). See more »

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The Roundhead troops wear red sashes. This was the sash colour worn by Royalists - Roundheads wore tawny or blue. See more »

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English Civil War meets the Scarlet Pimpernel
24 May 2003 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

"The Moonraker" is an account of the escapades of a dedicated Cavalier gentleman, Anthony Earl of Dawlish, aka Mr Rice, pursued by Roundhead soldiers seeking King Charles II after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. George Baker, as Dawlish, brings to life a Scarlet Pimpernel type character, who skillfully manages to assume the identity of a puritan scholar whilst rescuing supporters of the late King's son from the army of Cromwell.

This is a neglected film, which deserves more attention than it has received. Although in the second half it tends to restrict action to the environs of an inn, there is much to enjoy in the detail. The personal motivations of protagonists are also laid bare, and more than one is called to question their convictions.


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