Quentin Durward

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Overview

Sir Walter Scott's medieval take on the "John Alden" story formed the basis of Quentin Durward. Robert Taylor dons armor in the title role, playing the son of an aging Scottish nobleman. He has been dispatched to propose to a high-born Frenchwoman Kay Kendall on his uncle's behalf, but one look at the lady and Quentin Durward falls head over heels. But there are villains to vanquish in several sword fight setpieces, the best of which is the climactic battle in which the hero and the head bad guy Duncan Lamont ...
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Overview

Sir Walter Scott's medieval take on the "John Alden" story formed the basis of Quentin Durward. Robert Taylor dons armor in the title role, playing the son of an aging Scottish nobleman. He has been dispatched to propose to a high-born Frenchwoman Kay Kendall on his uncle's behalf, but one look at the lady and Quentin Durward falls head over heels. But there are villains to vanquish in several sword fight setpieces, the best of which is the climactic battle in which the hero and the head bad guy Duncan Lamont dangle on bell ropes. Quentin Durward was the fifth MGM Robert Taylor picture filmed in whole or in part in England; the others were Conspirator, Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe and Knights of the Round Table.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Quentin Durward is good swashbuckling fun, a popcorn movie that doesn't pretend to be anything else. In other words, creating capital-A Art was not on anyone's mind when Quentin was made, just something that would prove diverting to audiences. The result is flawed, certainly, but fans of medieval tales of romance and swordfights will be nicely entertained, even if the pace occasionally lags and if the story gets too tangled up in its own intrigues and never really gets straightened out. Naturally, modern viewers will wince at some of the stilted dialogue, but they'll also get drawn in by the yummy cinematography, which makes excellent (if spare) use of on-location castles and chateaux. The studio sets are also commendable, and the costumes are as lavish as one expects of an MGM period film. In the title role, Robert Taylor, who tended toward woodenness unless handled just right, is as lively and dashing as one might wish. It goes without saying that he looks the part, even if he is perhaps a bit older than the character's real age. Kay Kendall is also an eyeful, and if she remains a bit remote, she still brings considerable skill to the part. Best of all is Robert Morley, hamming it up and having a fine old time as Louis XI.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316125397
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,201

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Quentin Durward
Kay Kendall Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy
Robert Morley Louis XI
George Cole Hayraddin
Alec Clunes Charles, Duke of Burgundy
Duncan Lamont Count William de la Marck
Laya Raki Gypsy Dancer
Marius Goring Count Philip de Creville
Wilfrid Hyde-White Master Oliver
Eric Pohlmann Gluckmeister
Harcourt Williams Bishop of Liege
Michael Goodliffe Count De Dunois
Nicholas Hannen John Cardinal Balue
Moultrie Kelsall Lord Malcolm
Frank Tickle Petit Andre
Bill Shine Trois-Eschelles
Ernst Thesiger Lord Crawford
John Carson Duke of Orleans
Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Robert Ardrey Screenwriter
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
George Froeschel Screenwriter
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Junge Art Director
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Walter Editor
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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    A fun romp

    It's no "The Advetures Of Robin Hood" or "Ivanhoe",but this 1955 swashbuckler is a lot of fun to watch.It benefits from a solid
    Robert Ardrey script,tight Richard Thorpe direction,good performances,and MGM's usual lush,big-budget production.Robert Taylor and Kay Kendall are good in the lead roles,but it's Robert Morley and George Cole who steal the movie.This is lavish,spectacular entertainment on a grand scale,beautifully filmed on location in Europe
    and backed by a rousing,lovely Bronislau Kaper score.Good family fun1

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