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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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Certificate:

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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

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

Count William De la Marck: [Fighting in the darkness] How many are you?
Quentin Durward: How many do you want?
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Robert Taylor was the perfect cavalier who appeared to relieve a charming Lady...
6 December 1999 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Richard Thorpe managed a few amusing moments in "The Adventures of Quentin Durward" which has a trapped Kay Kendall, whose only hard way to escape was to get rid from the evil black villain William De La Marck (Ducan Lamont).

Robert Taylor (Quentin Durward) engaged with De La Marck a rare but extremely exciting duel to-the-death with ax and dagger in the burning bell tower, swinging on the bell ropes in a rhythmic motion, getting from side to side with the sound of the ringing bells, until the destruction of the vile Count...

The best part of the film is the performance of the delicious heroine, Kay Kendall, 'one of the Cinema's few outstanding Comediennes,'whose beauty and artistic talent flourished the story, set in the 15th-Century France...

Kay Kendall (1926-59) went away much too young of leukemia...

Kay performed the maiden in distress, the medieval heroine fitting well into a motion picture which caught beautifully Scott's novel... The plot was simple: an elderly English Lord (Ernest Thesiger) sends his nephew (Robert Taylor) to seek in marriage a French Lady (Kay Kendall) on his behalf... He falls in love with her himself..

Sir Walter Scott wrote the novel in 1823... His 'Ivanhoe, 'The Talisman' and 'Rob Roy' have received most attention from filmmakers...

Another quality of "The Adventures of Quentin Durward" is the good acting of Robert Morley as the cunning, outrageous, very winding King, a characterization so different to his great performance as the weak-minded Louis XVI in "Marie-Antoinette" opposite Norma Shearer... This delightful British actor played excellent supporting roles in good-humored or pretentious roles...

Robert Taylor was the perfect cavalier, the man of word and sword, the romantic adventurer who appeared to relieve a charming Lady..


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