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The Black Rose (1950)

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A disinherited 13th Century Saxon nobleman leaves Norman England with an archer friend to seek his fortune in the Far East.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Talbot Jennings (screenplay), Thomas B. Costain (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Walter of Gurnie
Orson Welles ... Bayan
Cécile Aubry ... Maryam (as Cecile Aubry)
Jack Hawkins ... Tristram Griffin
Michael Rennie ... King Edward
Finlay Currie ... Alfgar
Herbert Lom ... Anthemus
Mary Clare ... Countess Eleanor of Lessford
Robert Blake ... Mahmoud (as Bobby Blake)
Alfonso Bedoya ... Lu Chung
Gibb McLaughlin ... Wilderkin
James Robertson Justice ... Simeon Beautrie
Henry Oscar ... Friar Roger Bacon
Laurence Harvey ... Edmond
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Storyline

In the 13th century, Walter of Gurnie, a disinherited Saxon youth, is forced to flee England. With his friend, the master archer Tris, he falls in with the army of the fierce but avuncular General Bayan, and journeys all the way to China, where both men become involved in intrigues in the court of Kublai Khan. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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An adventure that will blaze... A love that will flame... 'till the stars grow cold...


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rosa Negra See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leslie Caron was offered the role of Maryam, which was eventually given to Cécile Aubry. See more »

Goofs

During their escape from the Chinese palace, Tris shoots an arrow into the forehead of what is an obvious dummy. See more »

Quotes

King Edward: Tell me, when you refuse me your loyalty because I am a Norman, have you not considered that I have no choice in the same matter - that I must be king for Norman and Saxon alike whether I like it or not. Do you, Saxon, not owe something besides hatred to the same cause?
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Entertaining motion picture about oriental and medieval feats in superb Technicolor
18 October 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It is set in XII century , during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307) , son of Henry III , with a strong rivalry between Norman and Saxon people . Two young Xasons (Tyrone Power and Jack Hawkins) decide to leave England crowned by King Edward (Michael Rennie) and since 1066 when the Hastings battle took place ruled by the Normans . They are going to Orient along with a beautiful girl called Maryam (Cécile Aubry , though Leslie Caron was offered first the character , which was eventually given to Aubry) escaped from avaricious merchants (Herbert Lom , Alfonso Bedoya whose voice was dubbed by Peter Sellers) . As they arrive in Mongol territory governed by Gengis Khan and they enlist to General Bayan's (Orson Welles) troops that want to conquer China . During war they are imprisoned and will suffer numerous dangers , adventures and risks ; besides , they will learn great number of Chinese inventions , such as : compass , silk , powder , among others .

It is a spectacular adventure with plenty of emotions , action and romance . This exciting picture blends far eastern adventures and medieval scenario . This is one of the most amusing oriental adventure movies ever made and extremely well produced in awesome Technicolor photography . This juvenile romp is utterly fun and entertaining . Tyrone Power (who died in Spain filming ¨Salomon and Queen of Saba¨) and Jack Hawkins are firmly teamed , they make a first-class duo as the adventurer pals . Magnificent Orson Welles who interpreted for getting the financing ¨Othello¨ and other yarns that remained unfinished due to poor budgeted backing . Orson played several exotic personages (The Tartari , Saul , Cagliostro , Macbeth , Cesare Borgia). Here appears known supporting actors , but very secondaries , thus : Robert Blake (as Mahmoud) , Laurence Harvey , Henry Oscar (the friar named Roger Bacon) , James Robertson Justice and many others . Glimmer and splendid cinematography by classic cameraman Jack Cardiff (Black narcissus) and sometimes filmmaker (Dark of the sun) . The film was professionally directed by Hollywood veteran Henry Hathaway who subsequently shot ¨Rawhide¨ , a fundamental western also with Tyrone Power . The flick will appeal to fanciful far Eastern saga enthusiasts and Tyrone Power fans .


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