An ex-soldier turned highwayman uncovers a plot to take control of England from King Charles II.


Robert Z. Leonard, Hugo Fregonese (uncredited)





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


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. 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!


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Hugo Fregonese was the original director. He was stricken with a virus, and was replaced by Robert Z. Leonard. It was Leonard's last movie for MGM. Fregonese did not return to the movie after he recovered, because of disagreements with Producer Edwin H. Knopf. See more »


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

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The film rests on the assumption that Charles II of England wasn't a big jerk...which he was.
30 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am a retired American who taught world history. Although Charles II is shown as an all-around swell guy beset with disloyal jerks waiting to kill him, he was, in fact, a divine right king who managed to eventually lose much of the good will the English had towards him when the monarchy was restored. The English were dreadfully sorry they chopped off the head of Charles I and were ready to make amends. Charles, however, wasn't about to learn the lesson of his father-- and continued to behave as if he was never to be challenged in his role as king. Things really were bad that when his brother, James II, took the thrown the English soon chased him out of the country and replaced the Stuarts with a Dutch king and queen. So, as I watched the film, I had to laugh because it did re-write history just a tad! But enough of a mini lecture...on to the film itself.

The film is about yet another plot to kill the king by a disloyal bunch of jerks. However, there is a small book with this information in it--and it's stolen by a group of highway men! Are these crooks evil crooks or the Hollywood type who are intensely loyal Englishman who love their king? Through the course of this film you'll learn!

So although it might not be all that accurate, is this an enjoyable film? No. Not really. Like too many period films, the dialog is stilted and the picture lacks humanity and realism. It looks like a stagy production and sounds like one too. Watchable but hardly a must-see.

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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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$1,577,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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