immediately ran afoul of Hal B. Wallis
and production executives, as well as the writers, with his insistence on starting the film with a splashy jousting tournament. Opponents of the idea felt that it would set the picture seriously off balance by placing the biggest scene at the beginning, and that the story could hold up quite well on its own without it. Studio production manager Tenny Wright
suggested to Wallis that they let Keighley go off to Chico thinking the tournament scene would be used, then reject it toward the end of production. See more
In the year of Our Lord 1191 when Richard, the Lion-Heart, set forth to drive the infidels from the Holy Land, he gave the Regency of his Kingdom to his trusted friend, Longchamps, instead of to his treacherous brother, Prince John.
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Town Crier announcing capture of Richard
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