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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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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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Trivia

Primo Carnera, who played Sligon, had such a thick Italian accent that his voice was dubbed. See more »

Goofs

When Prince Valiant (Robert Wagner) is hiding underwater from the Black Knight, the reed through which he is breathing changes size between shots. When he first cuts it, it is so large in diameter it barely fits in his mouth, but in the next shot it is only half that size, easily discernible as a smaller reed than the original one. See more »

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Sir Gawain: Stop interrupting and I'll tell you what happened. After you left I went out after you. That's when I came upon the Black Knight.
Prince Valiant: You found him?
Sir Gawain: Aye. He was searchin' the wood when I challenged him. We fought and he was good. His lance broke and I outhorsed him. I came in to finish him, when a dozen armed men came charging out at me.
Prince Valiant: They were on foot? Armed with bows?
Sir Gawain: Aye. It was only with luck I escaped through a hail of arrows.
Prince Valiant: So did I!
Sir Gawain: You what?
Prince Valiant: I was set upon by a band of archers, escaped with ...
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Prince Valiant - Pure marvelous Hollywood
27 January 2005 | by abfab50See all my reviews

Quite frankly if you are looking for magic and fantasy and fantastic costumes and beautiful women AND beautiful men, "Prince Valiant" is great! Yes, it's the gorgeous Robert Wagner at 24 in a black page boy wig. And.....Janet Leigh with those torpedo breasts that were so typical of that time when whatever women were supposed to be girded up in. But look at some of the other performances. James Mason is as always consummate and thorough. Brian Aherne as King Arthur - well he always looked like royalty - might as well act it. If you want escape from the stark "horrors" that THIS RED STATE millennium has "wrought" - watch this movie. It is Hollywood entertainment at its costly costumed legendary finest! PS - Robert Wagner is gorgeous - he is more beautiful than the women if that is possible.

Ahhhhh, Hollywood...............

PPS - Debra Paget is under-rated - what a sensitive lovely girl she is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1954 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,970,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,373
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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