Prince Valiant

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Overview

Hal Foster's Sunday-comics saga of a young Viking prince in the service of King Arthur is brought to the screen in CinemaScope and Technicolor in Prince Valiant. Despite the fact that he sports a dutch bob that makes him look like actress Phyllis Kirk, Robert Wagner is quite virile and convincing as the title character. Trained for the Round Table by Sir Gawain Sterling Hayden, Valiant takes time out to fall in love with the beautiful Princess Aleta Janet Leigh. The villain of the piece is The Black Knight, aka ...
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Overview

Hal Foster's Sunday-comics saga of a young Viking prince in the service of King Arthur is brought to the screen in CinemaScope and Technicolor in Prince Valiant. Despite the fact that he sports a dutch bob that makes him look like actress Phyllis Kirk, Robert Wagner is quite virile and convincing as the title character. Trained for the Round Table by Sir Gawain Sterling Hayden, Valiant takes time out to fall in love with the beautiful Princess Aleta Janet Leigh. The villain of the piece is The Black Knight, aka Sir Brack top-billed James Mason, who intends to topple King Arthur Brian Aherne from his throne, then conquer Valiant's people in Scandia. But Prince Valiant proves a fearsome opponent to the usurping Sir Brack. Sadly, most currently available prints of Prince Valiant have been panned-and-scanned, denying viewers the opportunity to revel in Henry Hathaway's creative utilization of the CinemaScope format.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Restored to its original Cinemascope format, Henry Hathaway's comic strip adventure remains a slam-bang piece of screen entertainment that succeeds despite lackluster performances from a very young and ridiculous-looking Robert Wagner and the more seasoned but still appallingly awful Sterling Hayden. The saving grace here is the magnificent and quite authentic-looking locations and top-notch staging of the noisy battle scenes. There are marauding Vikings, colorful clashes between the legendary Knights of the Round Table, and a fine villain in the supercilious person of James Mason. The latter earns star billing despite suffering a lull in his long career, a lull that was fully alleviated by his next film, the glorious A Star Is Born (1954). Director Hathaway, meanwhile, does what he can with the slightly anachronistic material and manages to draw good performances from a supporting cast that includes an impossibly blond Janet Leigh, as Valiant's bosomy intended, and Victor McLaglen, as a typically bombastic Norseman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2010
  • EAN: 5060000700169
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Ais
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 33,990

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Sir Brack
Janet Leigh Princess Aleta
Robert Wagner Prince Valiant
Debra Paget Ilene
Sterling Hayden Sir Gawain
Victor McLaglen Boltar
Donald Crisp King Aguar
Brian Aherne King Arthur
Barry Jones King Luke
Mary Philips Queen
Howard Wendell Morgan Todd
Tom Conway Sir Kay
Sammy Ogg Small Page
Neville Brand Viking Warrior Chief
Ben Wright Seneschal
Jarma Lewis Guinevere
Robert Adler Sir Brack's Man-at-Arms
Ray Spiker Gorlock
Primo Carnera Sligon
Basil Ruysdael Old Viking
Fortune Gordien Strangler
Percival Vivian Doctor
Richard Webb Sir Galahad
John Dierkes Sir Tristram
Carleton Young Herald
Otto Waldis Patch Eye
John Davidson Patriarch
Lou Nova Captain of the Guards
Hal Baylor Prison Guard
Mickey Simpson Prison Guard
Don McGowan Sir Launcelot
Don Megowan Sir Launcelot
Michael Rennie Voice Only
Gene Roth Viking
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Robert L. Jacks Producer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Prince the Flick that Cinemascope was Invented For!

    Director, Henry Hathaway's film version of cartoonist, Hal Foster's Scandinavian hero, 'Prince Valiant' is one of those over-blown, wacky-tacky epics; impossible to take seriously, but oh, so much fun to watch. Robert Wagner is the rather effeminate looking title character who takes Camelot by storm. Determined to regain his own throne, Valiant uncovers the treachery of the Black Knight (James Mason, in a toss away role) and challenges him to a showdown. Of course, there's also time for love with bombshell, Princess Aleta (Janet Leigh - who quite often found herself squeezed into a corset during the 1950s.) The film veers wildly between comic book pulp and self-conscious seriousness, but Hathaway's direction ensures that neither becomes the vice to sink his epic. Brian Aherne, as a credible King Arthur, and Sterling Hayden, a not so credible, Sir Gawain also costar. The transfer is pretty good. Colors are generally bold, vibrant and well balanced. Flesh tones seem a bit pasty but that's in keeping with early Cinemascope/Eastman color dye transfers. Shadow, contrast and black levels are generally solid. Rear projection photography is more obvious than it should be. Pixelization and edge enhancement are present but do not terribly distract. The audio is 5.1, delivering a nice spread in the music tracks. Dialogue is not natural sounding, but again, this was usually to be expected for the vintage of the film. This prince is worth a second glance, but it¿s not quite as glamorous as, say 'Scaramouche' so much as it belongs as the bottom half of a double bill at an old-time drive in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beyond what you could imagine

    This movie was by far the best movie I'd ever seen in my entire life. I saw it a long time ago and still remember how much I loved it. I highly recommand anyone who loves romance, action suspense and mystery then you should watch this.

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