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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

The idea of hiding gems in the lining of their robes before escaping China is borrowed from the Marco Polo accounts. See more »

Goofs

It's the 13th Century when our heroes first leave England. Walking through the Arab market, they pass tomatoes for sale, which are later thrown at them by children. Tomatoes are a New World plant, and could not have been found in Old World markets prior to the voyages of Columbus in the 15th century. See more »

Quotes

Bayan: At least I'm good enough to know, no war was ever won that was fought in the same way as the war before it.
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Connections

Referenced in They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Cesare Borgia
(uncredited)
from Prince of Foxes (1949)
Music by Alfred Newman
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A rousing, old-time action adventure!
7 October 1999 | by JSPrineSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies that makes you feel like a 12-year-old sneaking into the local movie palace on a Saturday afternoon.

If you like exotic locales, rousing action, a lot of humor and a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, you'll probably enjoy this film as much as I do.

Orson Welles ("Bayan of the Thousand Eyes") is the real star, though Jack Hawkins, as usual, is terrific. This movie is a delight, and it stands the test of time. Best of all, it leaves you with a contented smile on your face.

I rate it a solid 8.5 out of 10.


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