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The Vagabond King (1956)

Louis XI of France drafts Paris's popular "king" of criminals as Provost Marshal in his fight against usurper Charles of Burgundy and the traitorous nobles who rally around him.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Ken Englund (screenplay), Brian Hooker (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Grayson ... Catherine de Vaucelles
Oreste Kirkop Oreste Kirkop ... François Villon (as Oreste)
Rita Moreno ... Huguette
Cedric Hardwicke ... Tristan (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Walter Hampden ... King Louis XI
Leslie Nielsen ... Thibault d'Aussigny
William Prince ... Rene de Montigny
Jack Lord ... Ferrebouc
Billy Vine Billy Vine ... Jacques
Harry McNaughton Harry McNaughton ... Colin
Florence Sundstrom Florence Sundstrom ... Laughing Margot
Lucie Lancaster Lucie Lancaster ... Margaret
Raymond Bramley Raymond Bramley ... The Scar
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... General Antoine De Chabannes
Ralph Sumpter Ralph Sumpter ... Bishop of Paris and Turin
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Storyline

In 1461, French nobles fearing King Louis XI may seize their lands, join forces with the rebellious Duke of Burgundy to overthrow the king. One of the Duke's captains suggests enlisting the aid of Francois Villon who is known to oppose the king and is leader of the Vagabonds, a group that robs the rich to aid the poor. In league with Burgundy, Villon and two of his cohorts enter Paris, but are captured by the king's men. The king, recognizing Villon's power over the people, proposes that Villon defend Paris against Burgundy and help uncover traitors in the court. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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THE MUSICAL SPECTACLE that introduces the great new singing star...ORESTE!

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey vagabundo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Price did a voiceover for this film but went uncredited. See more »

Quotes

Catherine de Vaucelles: I see now that our king has been wiser than a woman's heart.
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Connections

Version of The Vagabond King (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Vive La You
by Rudolf Friml and Johnny Burke
Sung by Rita Moreno (uncredited) and Vagabonds
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Almost a Masterpiece
15 November 2016 | by duanyfinancialSee all my reviews

As a movie history lover/collector, from the Silent Era, to the present, I rank The Vagabond King, as one of my favorites of all time. This classic is not only a fine musical, with first rate music/dancing/singing, but it also has a fine love story, comic relief, passion, adventure, and drama. The acting of the principal players is quite good, thanks to it's director, the great Michael Curtiz, who's credits rank him as one of the best directors of Hollywood's Golden Era. The singing is first rate, yes it is Operatic, but it comes across as Popular music. There is no comparison here to Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald's movie operas of old, the Vagabond King is a modern 1950s vehicle. All in all, this movie is utterly satisfying, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.


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