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The Master of Ballantrae (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 5 August 1953 (USA)
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Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune.


William Keighley


Herb Meadow (screenplay), Harold Medford (additional dialogue)





Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Jamie Durie
Roger Livesey ... Col. Francis Burke
Anthony Steel ... Henry Durie
Beatrice Campbell Beatrice Campbell ... Lady Alison
Yvonne Furneaux ... Jessie Brown
Felix Aylmer ... Lord Durrisdeer
Mervyn Johns ... MacKellar
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Mendoza
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Maj. Clarendon
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Matthew Bull (as Francis de Wolff)
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Capt. Arnaud


Buckle on your swashes for this swashbuckling adventure with a highlander who fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie who, after various escapades, becomes a pirate. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The 43-year-old Errol Flynn was generally felt to look too old to play the dashing young hero of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel. Although Flynn was wearing heavy make up, in the close ups he appeared about a decade older than his actual age. See more »


As Arnaud's ship approaches land, the lookout shouts "Land on the starboard bow!" (i.e. to the right), yet he is pointing to the port side (i.e. to the left). A cut to the deck shows Capt. Arnaud training his telescope to port instead of starboard. See more »


MacKellar: Your brother's notions of business extend no further than...
Henry Durie: [Cautioning] MacKellar... !
MacKellar: ...the cottage of Jessie Brown.
Henry Durie: I'm thinking you're an envious old man.
MacKellar: I'm thinkin' there's a season for sowing oats and a time to plow them under.
Henry Durie: I'll tell him that. He'll be most impressed.
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Excellent late Flynn
22 August 2001 | by henrijpherbertSee all my reviews

Flynn, though pickled and clearly the worse for wear, gives a fine performance here. In fact, his haggard features compliment his role as a defeated war veteran. You`ll see little of the humour and athletic prowess of Flynn`s early movies, but it`s a grand experience none the less. The supporting cast are fine, especially Livesy. But the leading lady is not up to Flynn`s standard. Olivia should have made a comeback for this one. That said, Flynn does engage in some obviously stunt-doubled sword play. However, he is neither as humorous, mischevious or as boyish as he was before. 8/10

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Release Date:

5 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae See more »

Filming Locations:

Palermo, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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