The Black Shield of Falworth

Overview

Tony Curtis always seemed a little uncomfortable in costume epics, but this trait serves him well in Black Shield of Falworth. Based on the robust novel Men of Iron by Howard Pyle, the film casts Curtis as Miles, the son of a disgraced knight. Through the sponsorship of the Earl of Mackworth Herbert Marshall, Miles is trained for knighthood, an arduous process that earns him the ridicule of his fellow trainees, who regard him as little better than a peasant. Eventually, Miles proves his mettle by squelching a ...
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Overview

Tony Curtis always seemed a little uncomfortable in costume epics, but this trait serves him well in Black Shield of Falworth. Based on the robust novel Men of Iron by Howard Pyle, the film casts Curtis as Miles, the son of a disgraced knight. Through the sponsorship of the Earl of Mackworth Herbert Marshall, Miles is trained for knighthood, an arduous process that earns him the ridicule of his fellow trainees, who regard him as little better than a peasant. Eventually, Miles proves his mettle by squelching a plan to oust King Henry IV Ian Keith from the throne of England. On a more personal level, Miles carries on a romance with Mackworth's daughter Lady Anne Janet Leigh, while Miles' sister Meg Barbara Rush finds happiness in the arms of knight-in-training Francis Gascoyne Craig Hill. The heavy of the piece is the Earl of Alban David Farrar, whom Miles must ultimately face down in a well-directed climactic set-to. Torin Thatcher, who'd previously costarred with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in Houdini, delivers another topnotch characterization as the no-nonsense trainer of Miles and his fellow aspirant knights.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2000
  • UPC: 096898287739
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Curtis Myles Falworth
Janet Leigh Lady Ann
David Farrar Earl of Alban
Herbert Marshall Earl of Mackworth
Torin Thatcher Sir James
Dan O'Herlihy Prince Hal
Patrick O'Neal Walter Blunt
Craig Hill Francis Gascoyne
Ian Keith Henry IV of England
Doris Lloyd Dame Ellen
Rhys Williams Diccon Bowman
Leonard Mudie Friar Edward
Maurice Marsac Count de Vermois
Leo Britt Sir Robert
Claud Allister Sir George
Robin Camp Roger Ingoldsby
Barbara Rush Meg Falworth
Brett Halsey
Technical Credits
Rudolph Maté Director
Alexander Golitzen Production Designer
Robert Arthur Producer
Oscar Brodney Screenwriter
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer
Irving Glassberg Cinematographer
Ted Kent Editor
Joe Lapis Sound/Sound Designer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard H. Riedel Production Designer
Hans Salter Score Composer
Herman Stein Score Composer
Melville Tucker Producer
Bud Westmore Makeup
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