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The Sword and the Rose (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 23 July 1953 (USA)
During the reign of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor seeks to flee a forced marriage with the French king by escaping to America with her true love, but her plans are not so easily executed.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Lawrence Edward Watkin (screenplay), Charles Major (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynis Johns ... Princess Mary Tudor
Richard Todd ... Charles Brandon
James Robertson Justice ... King Henry VIII
Michael Gough ... Duke of Buckingham
Jane Barrett Jane Barrett ... Lady Margaret
Peter Copley ... Sir Edwin Caskoden
Rosalie Crutchley ... Queen Katherine
D.A. Clarke-Smith D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Cardinal Wolsey
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Lord Chamberlain
John Vere John Vere ... Lawyer Clerk
Philip Lennard Philip Lennard ... Chaplain
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Earl of Surrey
Phillip Glasier Phillip Glasier ... Royal Falconer
Jean Mercure Jean Mercure ... King Louis XII
Gérard Oury ... Dauphin of France (as Gerard Oury)
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Storyline

Tells the story of Mary Tudor and her troubled path to true love. Henry VIII, for political reasons, determines to wed her to the King of France. She tries to flee to America with her love but is captured when she is "un-hatted" on board ship. In return for her consent to the marriage with France, Henry agrees to let her choose her second husband. When King Louis of France dies, Mary is kidnaped by the Duke of Buckingham. He tries to force her to marry him but she is rescued by her love in an exciting battle on the beach. Written by James D. Bozarth <janet@infohwy.com>

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When Knighthood Was in Flower See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Walt Disney green lit this film as he thought it would be nominated for Best Picture Academy Award at the 1954 Oscars. See more »

Quotes

Charles Brandon: O Mary mine, wert thou a burgher's daughter, and with thy fair self in every other way, I'd take thee with me o'er the perilous water to the New World, where none could say us nay. O Mary mine - fair jewel, star set in the heaven above - thou art a Princess in a world apart... of castles, diadems, and of courtly love beyond my dreams. For kings will give thee gold, and princes bring thee gems from distant lands. The only wealth that I may ever hold are these fair flowers for thy maiden hands - ...
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Richard Todd and Glynis Johns Never Fail
30 March 2018 | by jessical-30977See all my reviews

Richard Todd was a Disney star for a short while, but he certainly didn't disappoint. He and Glynis Johns were in more than one movie together and I have to say that this is their strongest collaboration. Richard Todd is dreamy, eloquent and enchanting. Glynis Johns is strong, ethereal and flawless. The story is fun and surprising. I had never even heard of this movie and am so happy to have gotten the opportunity to watch it. I HIGHLY recommend this film. It's a proper treat!


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