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The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)

Peasant Myles Falworth is trained for knighthood and is groomed by various nobles to defeat the evil Earl of Alban who's plotting to usurp King Henry IV's throne.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Howard Pyle (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Myles
Janet Leigh ... Lady Anne
David Farrar ... Gilbert Blunt - Earl of Alban
Barbara Rush ... Meg
Herbert Marshall ... William - Earl of Mackworth
Torin Thatcher ... Sir James
Dan O'Herlihy ... Prince Hal (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Patrick O'Neal ... Walter Blunt
Craig Hill ... Francis Gascoyne
Ian Keith ... King Henry IV
Doris Lloyd ... Dame Ellen
Rhys Williams ... Diccon Bowman
Leonard Mudie ... Friar Edward
Maurice Marsac ... Count de Vermois
Leo Britt Leo Britt ... Sir Robert
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Storyline

Technicolor and tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles of Crisby Dale, and his sister Meg, have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of their father's true identity. They are sent Mackworth Castle by their foster father with a letter to Lord Mackworth, urging him to take in Myles and Meg as wards. There, Myles is smitten with Mackworth's daughter, Lady Anne, incurs the enmity of the chief knight-in-training, and is assigned by Lord Mackworth to train for knighthood, himself so that he may claim his birthright and assist Mackworth and the stalwart Prince Hal in defeating the evil Duke of Alban, who plots to usurp King Henry's throne. Written by Kathy Li

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All the wast pageantry...the towering excitement , the thundering thrills of knighthood's epic age ! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Men of Iron See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,171,750 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

This was Universal-International's first feature in CinemaScope. Whilst it was released in the widescreen format, it was not filmed in the new anamorphic process, but in standard 1:37 Academy ratio and then matted to 1:2.35 CinemaScope. See more »

Goofs

The squires would not be quartered in a barracks-style accommodation. See more »

Quotes

Myles Falworth: [Sir James instructs Myles to ride a horse between a series of pells - upright supports - with his hands over his head. When he fails, he complains to Sir James that he cannot control the horse] ... then how will my horse know where to go, unless of course he has more brains than I?
Sir James: A possibility not so remote as you may imagine.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: ENGLAND

In the reign of King Henry IV See more »

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Tony Curtis as a Knight!!! REALLY?????
9 April 2000 | by renfield54See all my reviews

Looking back, it seems like they showed this movie every other Sunday afternoon (and I watched it everytime). It's of a time when knights were bold and their women were beautiful. And, a time when you settled your disputes on the 'field of honor'. Tony Curtis looks a bit awkward in the role of 'knight wannabe', but you soon suspend belief and accept him in the part.

The story unfolds in nicely presented vignettes (over the course of years), that are assembled effortlessly and almost seamlessly. Battles and glory await our hero (the girl awaits too). It's an entertaining journey to the climatic finish. Enjoy....


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