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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 ... 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 ... 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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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,500,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film of Patrick Cargill. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie Mary Tudor (Glynis Johns) asks King Henry (James Robertson Justice) to make Charles Brandon Earl of Suffolk (Factually correct). But Henry then twice says Southwark (Pronounced "Suthark") instead of Suffolk. 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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Gorgeous insight into the romantic times of the first part of the reign of Henry VIII.
14 December 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

It's important to remember that this is actually a true story, Henry VIII had a sister like that, and she finally got her Charles Brandon after many ordeals on the way. This Walt Disney production directed by Ken Annakin is a sumptuous costume film, and your eyes will gloat in the flamboyant colours and scenery - it is a regular feast for the eyes all the way. Although Charles Major's novel romanticised the true story somewhat, and the film has romanticised it even more, there is still a great amount of original charm coming so to say directly from the 16th century, giving a very positive and inspiring picture of the golden age of the Tudors. The novel was my grandfather's favlourite novel, he read it many times, and it was by surprise I came across the film and found it was a screening of that novel. Richard Todd is irresistible as Brandon, as is also Glynis Johns as Mary and James Robertson Justice as a slightly overdone Henry VIII, but above all it is a thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting film, more Hollywood than Tudor England, but still with very much of the Tudor spirit well taken care of.


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