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The Vagabond King (1930)

The story takes place in medieval France. Poet-rogue Francois Villon, sentenced to hang by King Louis XI for writing derogatory verses about him, is offered a temporary reprieve. His ... See full summary »

Directors:

Ludwig Berger, Ernst Lubitsch (uncredited)

Writers:

Brian Hooker (operetta), Herman J. Mankiewicz (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis King ... François Villon
Jeanette MacDonald ... Katherine
O.P. Heggie ... King Louis XI
Lillian Roth ... Huguette
Warner Oland ... Thibault
Arthur Stone ... Oliver the barber
Tom Ricketts ... The Astrologer (as Thomas Ricketts)
Lawford Davidson ... Tristan
Christian J. Frank Christian J. Frank ... Executioner
Elda Voelkel ... Girl
Dorothy Davis ... Brunette
Thora Waverly Thora Waverly ... Brunette
Cecile Cameron Cecile Cameron ... Brunette
Jean Douglas Jean Douglas ... Blonde
Eugenia Woodbury Eugenia Woodbury ... Blonde
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Storyline

The story takes place in medieval France. Poet-rogue Francois Villon, sentenced to hang by King Louis XI for writing derogatory verses about him, is offered a temporary reprieve. His hanging will be postponed for 24 hours, and in that time he must defeat the invading Burgundians and win the love of the beautiful Katherine. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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remake | swashbuckler | operetta | See All (3) »

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Paramount Pictures presents the 100% Technicolor All-Talking, All-Singing Musical Romance! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der König der Vagabunden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hans Dreier, the art director on this film, was also art director for the 1938 non-musical version, If I Were King (1938). See more »

Alternate Versions

This film was also released as a silent, for theatres not yet equipped for sound and for overseas markets that were not receptive to musicals. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Melodies on Parade (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Mary, Queen of Heaven
(uncredited)
Written by Sam Coslow, Newell Chase and Leo Robin
Performed by Chorus
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This is a question to you film experts out there
1 November 2007 | by fmlondonSee all my reviews

Does anyone know when shooting on this film started? I know that films in this era took only a short time to film. Was this one standard in production, or did it take longer? Anyone who knows the background of this film, I would like to talk to you. I don't have anything else to say. So, in order to reach the ten lines I have to add ballast So, this is ballast Any information is appreciated Any hints on how I might view this film in Technicolor are appreciated. I think this may be one of those films held hostage. Why those who love these films, preserve them, restore them, save them, object so strenuously to people seeing the results of their efforts.

Thank you.


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