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The Swordsman (1948)

Young lovers brings two fighting clans together.


Joseph H. Lewis


Wilfred H. Petitt (as Wilfrid H. Pettitt)

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Complete credited cast:
Larry Parks ... Alexander MacArden - aka Donald Frazer
Ellen Drew ... Barbara Glowan
George Macready ... Robert Glowan
Edgar Buchanan ... Angus MacArden
Ray Collins ... MacCoppin - A MacArden
Marc Platt ... Murdoch Glowan
Michael Duane ... Colin Glowan
Holmes Herbert ... Lord Glowan
Nedrick Young ... Bruce Glowan
Robert Shayne ... Ronald MacArden
Billy Bevan ... Old Andrew (as William Bevan)


Young lovers brings two fighting clans together.

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Release Date:

2 January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le manoir de la haine See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Obvious stunt double for Edgar Buchanan the first time he runs and mounts his horse. See more »


Piper o'Dundee
Sung by Billy Bevan
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Scottish clans feud and romance thrives...
9 November 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

For audiences who had just seen Larry Parks rise to fame in his "Jolson" roles, this must have seemed a bit of a stretch for the actor in 1948--a swashbuckling role tailored for an action star. But to his credit, Parks gives a believable performance as the man who wants the clans to stop feuding so he can marry his sweetheart (Ellen Drew) and live a peaceful life happily ever after.

It's all filmed in gorgeous settings with lush Technicolor values and there's a stirring background score by Hugo Friedhofer with Scottish themes filling the soundtrack.

A good supporting cast of Columbia players includes Ray Collins, Marc Platt, George Macready, Edgar Buchanan and Michael Duane. Ellen Drew makes a lovely heroine in a strictly one-dimensional role.

Purely predictable escapist stuff, it's handsomely packaged, good for light entertainment and moves at a quick pace. The color photography is mighty impressive.

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