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Robert Etcheverry ...
 The Chevalier Ricci / ... (12 episodes, 1969)
Jacques Balutin ...
 Guillot (12 episodes, 1969)
Geneviève Casile ...
 Isabelle de Sospel (12 episodes, 1969)
Giani Esposito ...
 Mazarin (12 episodes, 1969)
Angelo Bardi ...
 Bodinelli (12 episodes, 1969)
Jean Martinelli ...
 Duke of Sospel / ... (12 episodes, 1969)
Claude Gensac ...
 Mireille (12 episodes, 1969)
Hubert Noël ...
 Flins (12 episodes, 1969)
Mario Pilar ...
 Alonzo (11 episodes, 1969)
Franck Estange ...
 Ricardo (11 episodes, 1969)
Gilles Pelletier ...
 Thoiras (11 episodes, 1969)
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 Kleist (11 episodes, 1969)
Dora Doll ...
 Coralie (5 episodes, 1969)
René-Louis Lafforgue ...
 Geronimo (5 episodes, 1969)
Jacques Echantillon ...
 Arsene / ... (5 episodes, 1969)
Christian Le Guillochet ...
 Robiro (5 episodes, 1969)
Michèle Varnier ...
 Zerbinette (5 episodes, 1969)
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1 October 1967 (France)  »

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A viharlovag  »

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The UK screenings of this serial on BBC Television were plagued by technical problems. The BBC cut the original 4 x 75-minute editions down into 12 x 25-minute ones, but the print of episode 12 somehow created seemingly insurmountable vision breakdowns, causing picture interruption on every attempt to broadcast it. See more »

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Featured in On the Waterfront: Episode #2.9 (1989) See more »

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26 February 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Ah yes THE FLASHING BLADE a French show I can remember very well from my childhood away back in the early 1970s . It has a very memorable stirring theme tune that has the lyrics " It's right to fight for what you want and all that you believe .... and truth and love and happiness are well worth fighting for " and how very French that all sounds . No doubt the theme tune is very popular in the Foreign Legion .

Despite my claim that I can remember the show very well I am unable to tell you all the ins and out of the plot , in fact I may be correct in saying that if I saw it again the plot would be totally forgotten as the story progresses . It's set during a war between France and Spain and a French castle is under siege by those nasty Spaniards and it's up to a couple of heroic French pretty boys to save the day . This plot lasts for a total of 13 episodes so make up your own mind as to how tightly plotted it all is . And ignore the polemical view that all French men are dashing and handsome , that all French women are total beautiful and that all Spaniards are cruel , evil , have beards and are absolutely rubbish in a battle because this is a French show and the French were never good at objectivity . Best aspect of this show ? The fight scenes

THE FLASHING BLADE was broadcast in its original format once in the early 70s and again a few years later which is the last time I saw it ( So if you've viewed it for the first time last week and found it sucks don't blame me for misleading you . I loved this show as a child ) , but round about 1988 a BBC children's show used it again except this time it had been massively re-edited and redubbed . For example the hero found himself being thrown into a cell where he meets the heroine for the first time

Hero ( On spotting heroine ) Hhhmmm . Sexy ( Hero walks over to Heroine and puts his hand on her shoulder ) Well hi there baby . I'm an incredibly handsome guy and I was wondering what your name was ?

Heroine ( Disgusted ) Get lost creep !

I didn't know wither to laugh or cry . Tell a lie , I laughed till my sides hurt


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