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Ivanhoe (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 20 February 1953 (USA)
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A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Noel Langley (screenplay), Æneas MacKenzie (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Ivanhoe
Elizabeth Taylor ... Rebecca
Joan Fontaine ... Rowena
George Sanders ... De Bois-Guilbert
Emlyn Williams ... Wamba
Robert Douglas ... Sir Hugh De Bracy
Finlay Currie ... Cedric
Felix Aylmer ... Isaac
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Front De Boeuf (as Francis DeWolff)
Norman Wooland Norman Wooland ... King Richard
Basil Sydney ... Waldemar Fitzurse
Harold Warrender Harold Warrender ... Locksley
Patrick Holt ... Philip DeMalvoisin
Roderick Lovell Roderick Lovell ... Ralph DeVipont
Sebastian Cabot ... Clerk of Copmanhurst
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Storyline

In the centre of this Walter Scott classic fiction inspired film the chivalrousness and the daring stand. Ivanhoe, the disowned knight join to the bravehearted and high-minded Robin Hood, the valiant of Forest Sherwood. They want King Richard to rule the kingdom instead of evil Prince John. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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At last on the screen ! Biggest spectacle since Quo Vadis. See more »


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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,842,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,642,440, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,729,920, 31 December 1952
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character originally called Maurice de Bracy in Sir Walter Scott's novel is called Hugh de Bracy here. See more »

Goofs

Knights are shown wearing conical helms. These did not appear until about 1300. A century earlier - the period of the film - they wore flat-topped helms, with long visors but no neck-covering. See more »

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Narrator: In the 12th century, at the close of the third crusade to free the Holy Land, the Saxon knight called Wilfred of Ivanhoe undertook a private crusade of his own. England's warrior king Richard the Lionhearted had disappeared during his homeward march, vanishing without trace. His disappearance dealt a cruel blow to his unhappy country, already in turmoil from the bitter conflict between Saxons and Normans. And in time, most of his subjects came to mourn him as dead. But Ivanhoe's ...
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Version of Ivanhoe (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of Ivanhoe
(1952) (uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Marguerite Roberts
Sung by Robert Taylor and Norman Wooland
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Haven't Seen nothing Better on Walter Scott's Classic Novel
7 October 2006 | by ragosaalSee all my reviews

In his return from the crusades king Richard of England is captured and held for ransom by Austrian king Leopold. His loyal knight Wifred of Ivanhoe tries to collect the amount for his liberation but Prince John (Richard's brother) sits now in the throne and will do anything to stay there with the aid of some Normand knights.

This is a real good action and adventure medieval film with knights, maidens, castles, tournaments, battles, duels and else. Richard Thorpe direction is excellent (perhaps his best work ever); you'll find also good color photography, well made settings and an interesting plot. Costumes and armours -though perhaps too "hollywoodish" perfect- are also a plus.

Robert Taylor (Ivanhoe) was in his peak and does well as the reliable and faithful knight who fights for his captive king. George Sanders is very well casted as Brian de Bois Gilbert the Templar warrior-monk that would give up his honor for the love of the Jewish maiden Rebbeca (Elizabeth Taylor) but will rather see her death when he is rejected. Joan Fontaine is Lady Rowena Ivanhoe's bride. The rest of the cast includes some all time favourites as Felix Aylmer (Rebbeca's father), Finlay Currie (Cedric the Saxon), Robert Douglas (as Sanders's sidekick Sir Hugh de Bracy) and in a typical role for him Guy Rolfe as the treacherous and ambitious Prince John (this guy was born to play villains).

The tournament in which Ivanhoe challenges the five top Saxon knights and the assault on Front de Beuf's castle by Robin of Locksley and his men are very well achieved action scenes and even more if you consider it was the early 50's. And the final duel between Taylor and Sanders is a great climax for the film (notice they chose war axe and iron ball and chain instead of the usual swords).

A most enjoyable film in its genre.


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