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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!

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

King Louis XI: Your fine-feathered suitor has been revealed in his true plumage.
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Connections

Version of If I Were King (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Huguette Waltz
(uncredited)
from operetta "The Vagabond King"
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Brian Hooker
Sung by Rita Moreno
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A glossy studio-bound production...Where's the video version?!?
22 November 2003 | by Greg CoutureSee all my reviews

I saw this during its neighborhood run in the year of its release and remember that it made glorious use of Paramount's "high-fidelity" VistaVision process, with some very ripe Technicolor liberally applied to everything about the production (courtesy of the wonderful cinematographer, Robert Burks, who did so much outstanding work for Alfred Hitchcock.)

I'd love to revisit this one, despite its very studio-bound aura. It was a feast for the eyes and also for the ears. The handsome tenor, Oreste, had the misfortune to make his screen debut as the Hollywood movie musical was about to be consigned to the fond mists of memory. He and Kathryn Grayson made a great team singing that melodic Friml music.


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