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King on Horseback (1958)

La Tour, prends garde! (original title)
Henri La Tour, a strolling player, is also a daring adventurer. So, when, after accomplishing a brilliant feat, he is awarded a title by King Louis XV, the Duke of Saint-Sever takes offense... See full summary »

Director:

Georges Lampin

Writers:

Claude Accursi (adaptation), Claude Accursi (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... Henri La Tour
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... La comtesse Malvina d'Amalfi
Nadja Tiller ... Mirabelle
Cathia Caro Cathia Caro ... Antoinette 'Toinon' de Saint-Sever
Liliane Bert Liliane Bert ... Duchesse de Châteauroux
Robert Dalban ... Barberin dit Joli Coeur
Paul-Emile Deiber Paul-Emile Deiber ... Le duc Philippe de Saint Sever (as P.E. Deiber sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Bravaccio
Christian Duvaleix Christian Duvaleix ... Passelacet
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Pierrot (as J.P. Leaud)
Yves Massard Yves Massard ... Le marquis François de Marmande (as Yves Massart)
Renaud Mary Renaud Mary ... Pérouge
Jean Lara Jean Lara ... Louis XV
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... Taupin
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Chamonot, l'exempt
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Henri La Tour, a strolling player, is also a daring adventurer. So, when, after accomplishing a brilliant feat, he is awarded a title by King Louis XV, the Duke of Saint-Sever takes offense at it and challenges Henri to a duel. However, while they fight, a group of Austrian soldiers appear suddenly and the two rivals instantly unite to repel their enemies. Unfortunately, Saint-Sever is mortally wounded and, feeling he is about to die, he entreats his new friend to offer protection to Toinon, his natural daughter, whose life is being threatened... Written by Guy Bellinger

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1700s | swashbuckler | See All (2) »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 February 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

King on Horseback See more »

Filming Locations:

Varazdin, Croatia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Made with the cooperation of the Yugoslavian Army. See more »

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La Tour, prends garde
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14 March 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Historically ,this is the first in the series of swashbucklers in which Jean Marais starred from the late fifties to 1962.And this is not the best,because of a desultory script which does not really grab the audience .The first part looks like a poor man's "Fanfan La Tulipe" which also took place during king Louis the Fifteenth's reign .The anti-war spirit (reflected in the performance on stage)may remind you of some of Henri Jeanson's lines ,but it's a pale imitation.the second part can be looked upon as a blueprint for "Le Bossu" ,the following year,La Tour and Lagardère being interchangeable heroes : the dashing fair knight goes to the rescue of a damsel in distress ,deprived of her inheritance.Filmed on scope ,which was still rather luxury in the French cinema ,the director makes the best of it at the beginning in the war scenes ,then for the last scenes with the deported women prisoners en route to La Rochelle .


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