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Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953)

The wartime adventures of Scotish highland leader Rob Roy MacGregor during the reign of King George I in the 18th century.

Director:

Harold French

Writer:

Lawrence Edward Watkin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Rob Roy MacGregor
Glynis Johns ... Helen Mary MacPherson MacGregor
James Robertson Justice ... John Campbell, Duke of Argyll
Michael Gough ... Duke of Montrose
Finlay Currie ... Hamish MacPherson
Jean Taylor Smith Jean Taylor Smith ... Lady Margaret Campbell MacGregor, of Glengyll
Geoffrey Keen ... Killearn
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ... Dugal MacGregor
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Hugh MacGregor
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Maggie MacPherson
Eric Pohlmann ... King George I
Ina De La Haye ... Countess von Pahlen
Michael Goodliffe ... Robert Walpole
Martin Boddey ... General Cadogan
Ewen Solon ... Maj. Gen. Wightman
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Storyline

After the 1715 defeat of the clans, one of the highland leaders, Rob Roy MacGregor escapes, has lots of adventures, gets married, and eventually becomes enough of a nuisance to George I to be outlawed, and hunted by the English. Written by Kathy Li

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Every minute flames with furious action!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

27 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the final Walt Disney Studios production released through RKO Radio Pictures. See more »

Goofs

Hamish Macpherson compares the Marquis of Montrose unfavourably with his ancestors, eliding his grandfather, James Graham, the first Marquis ("the great Montrose") with John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee ("the bonnie Dundee") as if they were the same person. They were, in fact, only distantly related and overlapped in date only briefly: Montrose lived 1612-1650, Dundee 1648-89. It is unclear whether this is an error of the script or whether it is meant to indicate that Hamish's reminiscences are unreliable and overblown. See more »

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ROB ROY, THE HIGHLAND ROGUE (Harold French, 1953) **1/2
24 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Walt Disney's follow-up to THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MERRIE MEN (1952) is this similar epic about another legendary outlaw (emanating from Scotland this time around). He is once again played by Irishman Richard Todd (who has just passed away at the venerable age of 90) and the film even re-unites the actor with his three co-stars from yet another period outing from the Disney Studios, THE SWORD AND THE ROSE (1953), namely Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice and Michael Gough. For some reason, the film is fairly maligned (awarded a measly *1/2 by the "Leonard Maltin Film Guide"!) but I rather enjoyed it, while readily admitting to be the least of Disney's three colorful adventures derived from the pages of English history. In traditional Disney fashion, the familiar events were simplified (though by no means rendered juvenile, as would often prove the case later) but there is enough sprawling action and engrossing drama – to say nothing of the beautiful scenery captured in gleaming Technicolor – to please most audiences. Similarly, characterization for this type of larger-than-life fare is pretty much standard but, given careful casting all round, it emerges as forceful rather than clichéd; besides, at a terse 81 minutes, the film has little chance of outstaying its welcome. Incidentally, I had found the flabby, oddly uninvolving and ill-cast 1995 remake (which had garnered critical praise and at least one top Oscar nod back in the day) a major disappointment on my sole viewing so far!


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