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The Dark Avenger (1955)

During the fourteenth century when the Hundred-Year War between France and England ends with the English occupation of French Aquitainia, rebel French Knights vow to oust Prince Edward of Walles, ruler of Aquitainia.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writer:

Daniel B. Ullman (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Prince Edward
Joanne Dru ... Lady Joan Holland
Peter Finch ... Comte De Ville
Yvonne Furneaux ... Marie
Patrick Holt ... Sir Ellys
Michael Hordern ... King Edward
Moultrie Kelsall ... Sir Bruce
Robert Urquhart ... Sir Philip
Noel Willman ... Du Guesclin
Fanny Rowe Fanny Rowe ... Genevieve (as Frances Rowe)
Alastair Hunter ... Libeau
Rupert Davies ... Sir John
Ewen Solon ... D'Estell
Vincent Winter Vincent Winter ... John Holland
Richard O'Sullivan ... Thomas Holland
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During the 14th century, the Hundred-Year War between France and England ends in a truce. The English army occupies French Aquitaine, but rebel French knights vow to continue the war and oust Prince Edward of Wales, English ruler of French Aquitaine. Prince Edward of Wales is the son of King Edward III of England and he also is the heir to the English throne. The rebel French knights resent his presence in French Aquitaine and they plot to kill the Prince. When their plot fails, they kidnap his consort, Lady Joan Holland. Desperate, Prince Edward rides to her aid disguised in black armor in order to conceal his identity. After a series of valiant adventures, Edward the Black Prince and his troops do one more climactic battle against the French rebel army. Written by nufs68

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Errol Flynn. Only His Arms Were Mighty Enough To Hold A Nation's Destiny...And A Woman's Love. See more »


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Warriors See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Allied Artists Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (negative)| Color (Technicolor) (prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Hordern, who played Errol Flynn's father, was over two years younger than Flynn. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening scroll: "During the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, England and France fought a series of wars that lasted one hundred years. On both sides, the men who fought in these wars were, for the most part, completely and unselfishly dedicated to their respective causes. None was more devoted to his country than Edward Prince of Wales, known to history as "The Black Prince," England's greatest warrior of the period." See more »


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Bella Marie
Music by Cedric Thorpe Davie
Lyrics by Christopher Hassall
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Enjoyable comic strip history
27 August 2005 | by James_ByrneSee all my reviews

The American director Henry Levin once described THE DARK AVENGER as a "western in armour", which is an apt description of this colourful saga. The casting is hilarious: Errol Flynn, born in 1909, plays the son of Michael Hordern, born 1911. Although Sir Michael aged quickly, Flynn is no spring chicken either, and looks all of his 46 years. The result of living in the fast lane is right up there on the screen. Christopher Lee shines in one of his early roles and demonstrates keen swordmanship in his duel with Errol Flynn. Actually Lee duels with British Olympic sabre champion Raymond Paul - with Flynn taking over in the close-ups. The supporting cast is full of future TV household names. Rupert Davies and Ewen Solon had considerable success years later in "Maigret". Richard O'Sullivan, a talented child actor, went on to play swashbuckler "Dick Turpin" in the 70's. Fans of Patrick McGoohan had better not miss the beginning of this movie, the star of the cult TV classic "The Prisoner" only has a few lines in a brief appearance. This movie always crops up on Sam Kydd's filmography but spotting him is virtually impossible, maybe Sam was edited out of the finished film. THE DARK AVENGER was filmed on the abandoned IVANHOE lot and is enjoyable comic strip history, it's a good way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.


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