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If I Were King (1938)

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Running Time
1 hour, 41 minutes

Country USA

Studio Franco London Films, Paramount

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Genre: Adventure, Swashbuckler, Biography, Political, Military

Plot: Ronald Colman (THE PRISONER OF ZENDA) plays Frances Villon--thief, bacchanal, rogue, and one of the great medieval European poets. Frances Dee (SO ENDS OUR NIGHT, WELLS FARGO) plays Katherine de Vaucelles, the love of Villon’s life. A Robin Hood-like character, Villon escapes the Royal Guard with ease and grace until he is at last cornered in a den of thieves. Villon and his men fight, and Villon kills King Louis XI’s grand constable before the king’s very eyes. The king, superbly played by Basil Rathbone (THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES), offers Villon one chance to save himself from the gallows--Villon is named the new grand constable for one week’s time, during which he must find a way to drive off the Burgundian hordes storming the city’s walls. With death as the alternative, Villon is up for the challenge even though the French generals and army have refused to fight. A variety of talents combine to make IF I WERE KING a classic swashbuckler, including Colman’s suave presence, Dee’s comely looks, Rathbone’s superb performance, picturesque gothic sets, and the lively and comical repartees from screenwriting great Preston Sturges (SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS).

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 Directed by
Frank Lloyd
Mutiny on the Bounty, Cavalcade, Blood on the Sun
 Written by
Preston Sturges
Unfaithfully Yours, Easy Living, Remember the Night
Ronald Colman
Lost Horizon, Random Harvest, A Tale of Two Cities
Basil Rathbone
The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Court Jester, Captain Blood
Frances Dee
Little Women, I Walked with a Zombie, Of Human Bondage
Ellen Drew
Isle of the Dead, Christmas in July, Stars in My Crown
C.V. France
The Skin Game, Night Train to Munich, Went the Day Well?
Henry Wilcoxon
Caddyshack, The Ten Commandments, Mrs. Miniver
Heather Thatcher
Gaslight, Beau Geste, Man Hunt
 Music By
Richard Hageman
Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache

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