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Prince Valiant (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 5 April 1954 (USA)
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A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur's Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Hal Foster (based on King Features Syndicate's "Prince Valiant" by) (as Harold Foster)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Sir Brack
Janet Leigh ... Princess Aleta
Robert Wagner ... Prince Valiant
Debra Paget ... Ilene
Sterling Hayden ... Sir Gawain
Victor McLaglen ... Boltar
Donald Crisp ... King Aguar
Brian Aherne ... King Arthur
Barry Jones ... King Luke
Mary Philips ... Queen of Thule
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Morgan Todd
Tom Conway ... Sir Kay
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Storyline

Young Prince Valiant, son of the exiled King of Scandia, journeys to Camelot to become a knight at King Arthur's Round Table. He hopes to help his father reclaim his throne from the pagan Viking usurper Sligon and restore the Christian faith to their homeland. On his journey he stumbles upon a mysterious Black Knight plotting with Sligon's representatives to overthrow Arthur. Barely escaping with his life, Valiant encounters Sir Gawain, one of the most illustrious knights of the Round Table, and an old friend of his father's, who tutors the young Viking in the skills needed to be a knight. Valiant and Gawain's pupil-mentor relationship is complicated by their romantic involvement with Princess Aleta and her sister Ilene, daughters of the King of Ord. If Valiant is to restore his father's throne and prevent the coup d'etat against Arthur, he must uncover the true identity of the Black Knight. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prins Valiant See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,970,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Webb also played Sir Galahad in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949). See more »

Goofs

During the fight with Sligon, Prince Valiant managed to capture the "Singing Sword" and Sligon's body fell into the flames wearing the sheath. When Prince Valiant went to free his parents and other prisoners, he had both the sword and the un-burned sheath. See more »

Quotes

Sir Gawain: The truth hurts sometimes, but it's the only thing to build happiness on.
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Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

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Fifties nostalgia
6 April 2004 | by ricknorwoodSee all my reviews

While not nearly as good as Hal Foster's comic strip, this film is not nearly as bad as some reviewers would have you believe. James Mason makes a fine villain, and the action scenes are well directed by Hathaway. The biggest problem is that it is, after all, a fifties film, with all the good and bad points of the fifties. I am a big fan of the fifties, because it is the decade in which I started watching movies, but I am also aware that relatively low budgets and heavy handed censorship made even the best fifties films somewhat dubious -- e.g. A Streetcar Named Desire without any hint of homosexuality. Comparing Prince Valiant to most modern knights in armor films, I find it more fun than, say, Black Knight or Timeline.


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