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The Vagabond King (1956)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 29 August 1956 (USA)
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 »

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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

Kathryn Grayson and Oreste Kirkop disliked each other intensely. An opera star, Kirkop considered her "merely a singer in movies" and she considered him to be a "pompous oaf". During the filming they spoke to each other only when required by the script. See more »

Quotes

King Louis XI: Once more the shadows darken Paris, and now Charles proposes to hang me from one of my own apple trees - no doubt from the very one I was saving for him.
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Connections

Version of François Villon (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Bon Jour
by Rudolf Friml and Johnny Burke
Sung by Oreste Kirkop (uncredited)
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fine rudolph friml score
21 January 2003 | by williams1809-2See all my reviews

Enjoyable version of Rudolph Friml's operetta.Beautiful score song by Oreste and Kathryn Grayson.This was Oreste's only film.I read somewhere that the moviegoing public did not take to him .I think this because younger movie goers did not have the exposure to this music.If Nelson and Jeanette had startd in the fifties,I doubt they would have enjoyed the success they had in the thirties.Personally ,I considered Oreste a fine tenor and I still enjoy his recording of The Vagabond King.I wish they would show a marathon of operettas, so that the older viewers,such as myself ,could relive the pleasant movie going memories of yesteryear


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