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Quentin Durward (1955)

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)
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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 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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From the producers of Ivanhoe and twice as thrilling ! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

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)

Gross USA:

$658,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,175,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

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

The lead was first offered to Grace Kelly, who declined. 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

King Louis XI: [Louis and Burgundy are arguing over which faction to marry Isabelle into] Wait. I have a revolutionary proposal. A shocking proposal. Let us stand aside. Both of us. Let us allow the lady to marry whom she pleases.
Charles, Duke of Burgundy: Marry whom she pleases? I'm too astonished to speak!
King Louis XI: It's rather an immoral notion.
Charles, Duke of Burgundy: You're up to something!
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What country is this again?
19 September 2001 | by culwinSee all my reviews

The fifth team-up of Robert Taylor and Richard Thorpe is a pretty good movie... I only have one complaint. Robert Taylor is supposed to be playing a Scot in France but he has a very American accent and even uses modern American slang. Couldn't he have at least spoken articulate, non-modern English, and maybe attempt a Scottish accent? Also odd is all of the English accents, surrounded with one or two people who use French or American accents. I don't care what accent they use, but they should have all settled on just one. Also, every time they say the name "Durward" it sounds like "Durwood" and I think of Agatha from Bewitched. Otherwise, the movie is slow-moving but saved by a good basic story and nice sets. 7 out of 10.


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