The King's Thief

Overview

Director Robert Z. Leonard brought his 31-year association with MGM to a rousing close with The King's Thief. Set in England during the reign of Charles II drolly portrayed by George Sanders, the film stars Edmund Purdom as Michael Dermott, who sets about to steal the crown jewels on behalf of his king. The current possessor of the gems is the wicked duke of Brampton, played with relish by a cast-against-type David Niven. Ann Blyth is a decorative heroine, while one of Michael Dermott's cohorts is played by a ...
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Overview

Director Robert Z. Leonard brought his 31-year association with MGM to a rousing close with The King's Thief. Set in England during the reign of Charles II drolly portrayed by George Sanders, the film stars Edmund Purdom as Michael Dermott, who sets about to steal the crown jewels on behalf of his king. The current possessor of the gems is the wicked duke of Brampton, played with relish by a cast-against-type David Niven. Ann Blyth is a decorative heroine, while one of Michael Dermott's cohorts is played by a young, muscular Roger Moore. The plot of The King's Thief, purportedly based on fact, is merely an excuse for the nonstop swashbuckling of star Edmund Purdom.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The King's Thief is a fairly standard-issue swashbuckler, enlivened more by the talents and appeal of its cast than by the originality or even clarity of its story or the imagination of its director. The screenplay is something of a mishmash, as if the writer were told to study a number of Errol Flynn period pictures and borrow freely from them, and especially from The Adventures of Robin Hood. The story thus feels a bit disjointed, and one constantly has the feeling of "Haven't I seen this before?" Robert Z. Leonard's direction plays up the heroics and the derring-do, as is appropriate, and his fight scenes and duels are well staged, but overall his work lacks real spark and verve. Thief is certainly colorful, with nice period costumes and some pretty photography, but its chief asset is its cast. Edmund Purdom can't match Flynn in the swashbuckling department, but who can? He's handsome and has flair and certainly handles his sword with ease. A cast-against-type David Niven is a great deal of fun as the villain of the piece, and George Sanders, though given frightfully little to do, does it frightfully well. Ann Blyth is appropriately decorative and, when given half a chance, quite a bit more. And fans of Roger Moore will be delighted to catch him in a small role, complete with long blonde hair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • UPC: 883316616901
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,809

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ann Blyth Lady Mary
Edmund Purdom Michael Dermott
David Niven Duke of Brampton
George Sanders Charles II
Roger Moore Jack
John Dehner Capt. Herrick
Sean McClory Sheldon
Tudor Owen Simon
Melville Cooper Henry Wynch
Alan Mowbray Sir Gilbert Talbot
Rhys Williams Turnkey
Joan Elan Charity Fell
Charles Davis Apothecary
Ashley Cowan Skene
Ian Wolfe Fell
Paul Cavanagh Sir Edward Scott
Isobel Elsom Mrs. Bennett
Owen McGiveney Hoskins
Michael Dugan Huskie
Bob Dix Husky
James Logan Guard
Matt Moore Gentleman
Lillian Kemble-Cooper Mrs. Fell
Milton Parsons Adam Urich
Queenie Leonard Apothecary's Wife
Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Edwin H. Knopf Producer
Christopher Knopf Screenwriter
John McSweeney Jr. Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Saunders Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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