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The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955)

Quentin Durward (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 16 April 1956 (Sweden)
A Scottish knight in France to facilitate a marriage between a rich and beautiful countess and his aging uncle becomes involved in court intrigue.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (screenplay), George Froeschel (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Quentin Durward
Kay Kendall ... Isabelle - Countess of Marcroy
Robert Morley ... King Louis XI
George Cole ... Hayraddin
Alec Clunes ... Charles - Duke of Burgundy
Duncan Lamont ... Count William De la Marck
Laya Raki ... Gypsy Dancer
Marius Goring ... Count Philip De Creville
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Master Oliver (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Eric Pohlmann ... Gluckmeister
Harcourt Williams ... Bishop of Liége
Michael Goodliffe ... Count De Dunois
John Carson ... Duke of Orléans
Nicholas Hannen ... John - Cardinal Balue
Moultrie Kelsall ... Lord Malcolm
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Storyline

In 1465 Quentin Durwood travels to France to meet Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy, on behalf of his elderly Scottish uncle whom, for political reasons, the Duke of Burgundy intends she marry. A man of honour who may have sworn too many oaths, Durward finds he and Isabelle being used as pawns in a deadly game by the Duke and devious King Louis XI. One look at Isabelle has convinced Durward this is where he and his heart have to be. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Sir Walter Scott's Quentin Durward See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,470,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Goldner was cast in the role of Hayraddin, but he died in 1955 before filming began. The role was given to British comedian George Cole. See more »

Goofs

During the time period of the movie the matchlock would have been the common firearm, however, the telltale puff of smoke from the flash pan is missing every time one is fired. See more »

Quotes

Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy: [Referring to Lord Crawford] An antique Scottish earl.
Charles, Duke of Burgundy: His right arm rests on the Scottish throne.
Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy: And his left on the graveyard wall!
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.5 (1955) See more »

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A charming swashbuckler
8 March 2003 | by Igenlode WordsmithSee all my reviews

This is a film to be watched with a wide and affectionate grin. Outstanding are Robert Morley as Louis XI, the infamous and wily 'Spider' of France, and Robert Taylor as the eponymous Durward, a would-be chivalrous hero born out of his time who is none too sure of himself. The necessary, and highly satisfactory, heroics are spiced with a rich leavening of humour and some genuine moral questions - how much should a man sacrifice for his country's sake? His love? His life? His honour?

But above all it is a joyous and thrilling romp that doesn't take itself too seriously. Durward wants to be a knight in shining armour, but circumstances tend to conspire against him, and his lady is definitely the stronger-willed of the two; though like the audience, she cannot resist his puppydog charm. And ambiguous, cynical, cowardly Louis is often in danger of stealing the show outright, as he sits at the centre of his web and pulls the strings that manipulate all the other characters - a far-from-two-dimensional villain after my own heart!

Definitely a superior swashbuckler, with a saving vein of humour.


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