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Plot: In the 13th century, Walter of Gurnie, a disinherited Saxon youth, is forced to flee England. With his friend, the master archer Tris, he falls in with the army of the fierce but avuncular General Bayan, and journeys all the way to China, where both men become involved in intrigues in the court of… Runtime: 120 min Release Date: 01 Sep 1950
Tyrone Power & Orson Welles In Medieval Melodrama (by Ron Oliver)
Two young Saxons, bitter over the Norman predations in their homeland, travel to far Cathay to win their fortunes. Their dangerous journey becomes infinitely more complicated when they provide unwilling refuge for an enticing girl known as THE BLACK ROSE.Filmed expansively in England & North Africa, 20th Century Fox gave this film excellent production values, with great masses of surging extras & plenty of swashbuckling flurry. The plot is outlandish, based on the novel by Thomas B. Costain, but this doesn't detract from the enjoyment of watching the action or hearing the often <more>
intelligent dialogue. While not as cerebrally fulfilling as the previous year's PRINCE OF FOXES, the film is still able to hold its own for pure entertainment.At 36, Tyrone Power may be unconvincing as an Oxford undergraduate, yet he still fills his hero's role with dash & passion. The Technicolor camera isn't always kind to his aging good looks, and he's up against a powerful congregation of talented co-stars, yet Power never fails to offer anything less than a satisfying performance.Jack Hawkins is every bit Power's equal in screen charisma, making his role as the longbowman sidekick absolutely vital to the story. A lesser actor would have been swamped by Power's star prerogative, but Hawkins holds his own admirably. Entrancing French actress Cécile Aubry is very fetching as the girl the heroes reluctantly rescue. With her big eyes & intense manner, she provides the film with its most tender moments.Appearing as the formidable Mongol general Bayan, the inimitable Orson Welles fills a rather modest role with his megawatt personality. Body swaggering, voice booming, he effortlessly filches every scene he's in, entertaining the viewers & obviously amusing Power & Hawkins as well. While not as significant as either Cesar Borgia or Harry Lime - his two great roles of that immediate period - Welles still wrings every bit of cinematic pleasure out of Bayan, as if he were saying, `There! Look what I can do with even a small part!' The film's biggest drawback is his abrupt departure from the story line.The rest of the cast is peppered with fine British actors - James Robertson Justice, craggy Finlay Currie, Michael Rennie, Herbert Lom, & Laurence Harvey. Mary Clare as a Norman countess & Madame Phang as the Chinese Empress both give tiny, vivid portrayals. Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Torin Thatcher as a rebellious Saxon. Young Robert Blake plays a Moslem servant boy. And that's Peter Sellers dubbing the voice for the oily Lu Chung.Now for an historical reality check: by the time of the film's action, roughly 200 years after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the difficulties between the Normans & the Saxons had long since dissipated. The Norman government did much to modernize & civilize England; this trend continued under King Edward I, whose reign commenced in 1272 and who appears briefly in the film.Regardless of what the plot states, the Mongols had long before captured Cathay China . Genghis Khan had largely completed this task and ruled a huge empire stretching from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean by the time of his death in 1227. Tyrone Power's cinematic journey seems to owe much to that of the historical Marco Polo from Venice, who arrived at Shando, the capital of Genghis' grandson Kublai Khan, in 1275.
The Ground Breaking Offshore Films of Tyrone Power. (by chmartel)
This film represents the the beginning of Hollywood talent escaping from the disaster of the government meddling in Hollywoods ownership and artistic freedom. At the time of Powers last Hollywood film Capatain from Castile for Fox, they had to divest themselves themselves of their theater chain. In the wake of that disaster the 4.5 million dollar project Captain was cut short and left partially finished. The film lost money even though it was popular. Considering the issues now present and spiraling taxes on actors, Powers went offshore never to return. It is remarkable films like this were <more>
ever made. Prince of Foxes, The Black Rose, Blood and Sand, and Captain From Castile, should be preserved and put on DVD and are not available. Sad state of affairs considering the crap being made today with $70 million dollar budgets like Water World, Alexander the Great, Troy, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, and King Arthur. Anyone seeing these films and comparing them to the later contemporary films should be ashamed in being a critic of films made on shoestring budgets as these were.
Great action, top performances, memorable scenes (by bayan1000eyes)
An all time favorite action flick with drama, memorable scenes, top notch performances, especially Orson Welles and Jack Hawkins, and a bit of romanticized history thrown in for good measure. Welles' best role of the decade, comparable to his performance as Cesare Borgia. Hard to beat the drama in the "archery" scene.
One of my favorite movies from my childhood (by ecohen49)
A fine classic adventure story with a beautiful and exotic heroine. When I was a boy, I fell in love with Cecile Aubrey. I watched this film whenever it was shown on TV, and that was in the days of black and white. I didn't even know the movie was filmed in color. The characters and story line will hold your interest from first to last. Catch it if you can.
One of the FINEST movies of its time! (by djpoet25)
Growing up in the 50's and 60's, this was one of a handful of movies that had a HUGE influence on me, and though it did NOT adhere faithfully to the Costain novel, that was typical of the time, and though much had been cut from the storyline, still, it WAS fairly fleshed out in terms of what they'd kept!! The acting IS well-done,the cast well-chosen! I would like to see it re-made as a mini-series, and I wonder why Costain's time-travel/historical work, "Below The Salt", centering around the signing of The Magna Carta, was never filmed...it would be tres apropos, in <more>
General Orson Welles conquering China with Tyrone Power and Jack Hawkins with a girl in the way (by clanciai)
The most interesting character here is Jack Hawkins as the bowman in his unpredictable shifts of moods and expressive diction - it's a pleasure just hearing him talk in every scene he is in. Orson Welles dominates, of course, as he always does, this time as a conquering khan with the ambition to subjugate all China and after that Rome and England, in which scheme he tries to interest and engage Tyrone Power, who almost falls for it.The story is great although somewhat muddled as Tyrone Power never knows what he really wants, which vacillation reaches a climax when he gets a girl on his <more>
hands in his sleeping tent.Another interesting character is Michael Rennie as the King, stately and sympathetic as ever, and also Finlay Curries as the grandfather, greatly enhancing the interest of every scene in which he is present.The most fascinating part of the film though is the visualization of the Silk Road, as the caravan travels from somewhere in the Orient, could be Cairo or Baghdad, all the way across the deserts and mountains to China, and the caravan scenes are spectacular to say the least. Also the scenes from China are interesting with their snapshots of court life and the Chinese character trembling at the mercy of the awful conqueror and resorting mainly to superstition for its only defense.It's a kind of English Marco Polo spectacle, with books, paper, compass and gunpowder and all that, and it is very well made. Henry Hathaway was qualified enough to turn out this masterpiece of a romantic oriental epic to be remembered.