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The King's Thief (1955)

Not Rated | | Adventure, History | 5 August 1955 (USA)
An ex-soldier turned highwayman uncovers a plot to take control of England from King Charles II.

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Robert Z. Leonard, Hugo Fregonese (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Blyth ... Lady Mary
Edmund Purdom ... Michael Dermott
David Niven ... James - Duke of Brampton
George Sanders ... Charles II
Roger Moore ... Jack
John Dehner ... Capt Herrick
Sean McClory ... Sheldon
Tudor Owen ... Simon
Melville Cooper ... Henry Wynch
Alan Mowbray ... Sir Gilbert Talbot
Rhys Williams ... Turnkey
Joan Elan ... Charity Fell
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Apothecary
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Skene
Ian Wolfe ... Fell
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Storyline

Lady Mary's father is innocently accused of treason and is executed. It is the king's evil chancellor, the Duke of Brampton, who has found a way of getting rich by accusing wealthy nobles of treason, having them killed and then expropriating part of their fortune along with their troops. Lady Mary travels to London to meet the duke and at the same time meets the daring and handsome highwayman Michael Dermott. Dermott has stolen the duke's notebook where the list of targeted noblemen has been written down. Obviously, the duke is very anxious to get his notebook back. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A romance inspired by a true story of a soldier of fortune!

Genres:

Adventure | History

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Des Königs Dieb See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,577,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$478,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,549,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

It featured two actors who played The Saint (Simon Templar): George Sanders (film), Sir Roger Moore (television). See more »

Connections

Referenced in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

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Watchable but trite script prevents good cast from doing their best...
29 March 2012 | by Neil DoyleSee all my reviews

Even lavish sets and costumes and a background score by Miklos Rozsa can't save THE KING'S THIEF from the boredom of a banal script. Lots of flashing swordplay takes place, but none of it has enough sizzle to make up for a tiresome story about a scoundrel (David Niven) who is keeping his thievery a secret from Charles II (George Sanders).

The best sequence involves an adventurous escape from heavy chains in a prison dungeon and a final encounter in a tower holding fabulous jewels whereby our hero ultimately wins the approval of Charles II.

David Niven does well enough as the charming thief, handsome Edmund Purdom is nimble and rugged enough as a swashbuckling highwayman, and Ann Blyth is pretty in her costume finery. But none of them have more than cardboard characters to work with and the end result is a routine period adventure wasting a talented cast.

Even Rosza's score is less memorable than most of his work for this kind of swashbuckler.


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