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Star of India (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | February 1954 (UK)
Squire Pierre St. Laurent returns from wars in India to 17th-century provincial France to find his estate confiscated by governor Narbonne, for back taxes, and resold to Katrina, a Dutch ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Herbert Dalmas (original screenplay), Denis Freeman (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cornel Wilde ... Pierre
Leslie Linder Leslie Linder ... Moulai
Jean Wallace ... Katrina
Herbert Lom ... Narbonne
John Slater ... Emile
Walter Rilla ... Van Horst
Basil Sydney ... King Louis XIV
Yvonne Sanson ... Madame Montespan
Arnold Bell Arnold Bell ... Captain
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Squire Pierre St. Laurent returns from wars in India to 17th-century provincial France to find his estate confiscated by governor Narbonne, for back taxes, and resold to Katrina, a Dutch Countess. Katrina offers to return Pierre's property if he will help her get possession of the 'Star of India,' a fabulous sapphire, held at the moment by Narbonne. The Dutch government wants it returned to its Indian worshipers, in order to keep peace. Pierre is a guest at Narbonne's château during a visit from King Louis IV, who wants to acquire the sapphire for his new court-favorite, Mme. de Montespan. Pierre discovers that the "Star" is hidden in the hilt of Narbonne's sword, He challenges Narbonne to a duel, gains possession of Narbonne's sword, extracts the jewel and escapes the castle with Narbonne's men in pursuit. Katrina is on a Dutch ship in the harbor and is soon joined by Pierre and his pursuers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adventure | Romance

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Country:

Italy | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Burg der Verräter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Narbonne: [Enjoying his jewels] And to think, all for the adornment of women! Here, my silent friend.
[Dangles a necklace in front of his cat]
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Lively Seventeenth Century Swashbuckler
16 November 2007 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

Cornel Wilde plays Pierre St Laurent ,a nobleman in seventeenth century France whose lands and estates are stripped from him by his enemies.The key to restoring his name and fortune lies in his recovering a priceless diamond ,The Star of India ,It was formerly in a Dutch collection but is now believed to be in France .Also on the track of the jewel is the beautiful Dutch agent Katrina ,played by Wilde's real life spouse Jean Wallace . The trail leads to the French court of King Louis (Basil Sydney) and his mistress Madame de Montespan(Yvonne Sansom).Opposing St Laurent is his nemesis the evil Count Narbonne(Herbert Lom) This is wholly without originality in its storyline but has enough swordplay and other action to keep its audience entertained and the French location photography is a delight to the eye.Wilde was a champion fencer and cuts an impressive dash as the hero .Jean Wallace and Yvonne Sansom were no great shakes as actresses but are pleasing to the eye while Herbert Lom is a splendidly hissable villain

Nice escapist fun on a cold and dingy day.


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