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The Black Arrow (1948)

Young nobleman Richard Shelton returns from the War of the Roses to find his father murdered, a fugitive family friend blamed, and his uncle occupying his estates.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

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Richard Schayer (screen play), David P. Sheppard (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Louis Hayward ... Sir Richard Shelton
Janet Blair ... Joanna Sedley
George Macready ... Sir Daniel Brackley
Edgar Buchanan ... Lawless
Rhys Williams ... Bennet Hatch
Walter Kingsford ... Sir Oliver Oates
Lowell Gilmore ... Duke of Gloucester
Halliwell Hobbes ... Bishop of Tisbury
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir John Sedley
Ray Teal ... Nick Appleyard
Russell Hicks ... Sir Harry Shelton
Leslie Denison Leslie Denison ... Sir William Catesby
Betty Fairfax Betty Fairfax ... Dame Carter
Billy Bevan ... Dungeon Keeper (as William Bevan)
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Sir Richard Shelton, a young British nobleman, returns from the War of the Roses to find his father dead and his accused murderer, Sir John Sedley, living in the forest with a fugitive band of die-hard rebels like Robin Hood. Shelton's uncle, his father's sinister and cruel half-brother, Sir Daniel Brackley, is living on his father's estates and has reinstated cruel corporal punishment among the peasants, something his father had abolished. Shelton's suspicions are aroused when a yeoman loyal to Brackley is murdered using a black arrow. Other Brackley henchman, including Shelton's former mentor and Master-at-Arms, who had access to the supposed murder of his father by Sedley are also on the Black Arrow's death list. Shelton's growing antipathy toward Brackley is complicated by his uncle's desire to marry Sedley's beautiful daughter, an ambition shared by Shelton. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Horsemen charge ! Swords clash ! Lips meet !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits are listed in pages of a book turned by a hand. See more »

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Joanna Sedley: Well, it's about time that someone appreciated a woman. England will never be great until she's had a queen or two.
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Opening credits prologue: England in the 15th Century, torn and wracked by thirty years of struggle for power between the ruling House of Lancaster and the rebellious House of York.

Known as the Wars of the Roses, the bitter contest ended at last in complete victory for York.

Under the new king Edward, IV., and his brother, Duke of Gloucester, the defeated Lancastrians were ruthlessly persecuted.

This aftermath of civil war and its effect on his Lancastrian neighbors was grimly impressed on Sir Richard Shelton as he returned home from long service with the Yorkist army. See more »

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Slow by today's standards, but with a great joust scene at the end!
28 November 2000 | by jersey-16See all my reviews

Starkly made in classic black and white, this medieval adventure is set and in England at the end of the War of the Roses. The main character must cope with the death of his father, apparently at the hand of a once trusted neighbor. Naturally, a love interest is provided for him in the person of the daughter of his father's killer. The `Black Arrow' is the mysterious missive that keeps flying in, to suggest that things are not what they seem, and to motivate young Shelton to search for truth. Some good sword play, chase sequences, and a classic joust scene for the grand finale. A good film for a late afternoon unwind.


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