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Black Arrow
     

The Black Arrow

Director: Gordon M. Douglas

Cast: Louis Hayward, Janet Blair, George Macready

 
This commendably short adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow stars Louis Hayward in the title role. Returning from duty in the 15th-century War of the Roses, young Richard Shelton (Hayward) learns that his estate has been claimed by his usurping uncle Sir Daniel Brackley (George Macready), who for good measure has also murdered Richard's father

Overview

This commendably short adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow stars Louis Hayward in the title role. Returning from duty in the 15th-century War of the Roses, young Richard Shelton (Hayward) learns that his estate has been claimed by his usurping uncle Sir Daniel Brackley (George Macready), who for good measure has also murdered Richard's father. Forced to elude Brackley's minions, Shelton and his followers eventually manage to thwart the villain with all manner of weaponry, from crossbow to fist. Janet Blair co-stars as Joanna Sedley, whom Richard must rescue from a forced marriage to the brackish Brackley. Black Arrow was remade for television in 1985, with Benedict Taylor and Stephan Chase sharing the hero chores (in the Stevenson original, Richard Shelton and the Black Arrow were two different characters), and top-billed Oliver Reed as Brackley.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it takes considerable liberties with the Robert Louis Stevenson story that is its source, The Black Arrow is a moderately entertaining "swinging sword" movie. The young boys that are most apt to enjoy it may find it a bit dated and stagey, but they very likely will fall captive to its "ripping yarn" story. Older audiences, however, are likely to find that it's territory that has been well traveled many times before, and often in much better vehicles. The three credited screenwriters have not expended much imagination between them, and the situations they have developed are overly familiar, if not downright trite. Things would be helped by more muscular direction, which Gordon M. Douglas does not supply; he gets everything essentially right, but doesn't do anything especially exciting. Under the circumstances, the cast acquits itself, but you can't help feeling you're watching a "second choice" cast -- Errol Flynn wasn't available, so Louis Hayward fills in; Olivia de Havilland couldn't be had, so we have Janet Blair, etc. They're all fine and more than serviceable, but they don't supply the extra dash and magnetism that would make Arrow more than average.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2010
UPC:
0043396359710
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
12,350

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louis Hayward Richard Shelton
Janet Blair Joanna Sedley
George Macready Sir Daniel Brackley
Edgar Buchanan Lawless
Rhys Williams Bennett Hatch
Walter Kingsford Sir Oliver Oates
Lowell Gilmore Duke of Gloucester
Halliwell Hobbes Bishop of Tilsbury
Paul Cavanagh Sir John Sedley
Ray Teal Nick Appleyard
Russell Hicks Sir Harry Shelton
Leslie Denison Sir William Catesby
Betty Fairfax Dame Carter
Billy Bevan Jailer

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Richard Schayer Screenwriter
Thomas Seller Screenwriter
David P. Sheppard Screenwriter
Edward Small Producer
Leslie Thomas Art Director
Jerome Thoms Editor
Grant Whytock Producer

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