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The Vagabond King (1956)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 29 August 1956 (USA)
Louis XI of France drafts Paris's popular "king" of criminals as Provost Marshal in his fight against usurper Charles of Burgundy and the traitorous nobles who rally around him.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Ken Englund (screenplay), Brian Hooker (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Grayson ... Catherine de Vaucelles
Oreste Kirkop Oreste Kirkop ... François Villon (as Oreste)
Rita Moreno ... Huguette
Cedric Hardwicke ... Tristan (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Walter Hampden ... King Louis XI
Leslie Nielsen ... Thibault d'Aussigny
William Prince ... Rene de Montigny
Jack Lord ... Ferrebouc
Billy Vine Billy Vine ... Jacques
Harry McNaughton Harry McNaughton ... Colin
Florence Sundstrom Florence Sundstrom ... Laughing Margot
Lucie Lancaster Lucie Lancaster ... Margaret
Raymond Bramley Raymond Bramley ... The Scar
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... General Antoine De Chabannes
Ralph Sumpter Ralph Sumpter ... Bishop of Paris and Turin
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Storyline

In 1461, French nobles fearing King Louis XI may seize their lands, join forces with the rebellious Duke of Burgundy to overthrow the king. One of the Duke's captains suggests enlisting the aid of Francois Villon who is known to oppose the king and is leader of the Vagabonds, a group that robs the rich to aid the poor. In league with Burgundy, Villon and two of his cohorts enter Paris, but are captured by the king's men. The king, recognizing Villon's power over the people, proposes that Villon defend Paris against Burgundy and help uncover traitors in the court. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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THE MUSICAL SPECTACLE that introduces the great new singing star...ORESTE!

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey vagabundo See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kathryn Grayson's final feature film. See more »

Quotes

King Louis XI: Master Villon, you can render your country a great service before you die. You notice that I said "the country" and not "king?"
François Villon: Why the distinction, your majesty?
King Louis XI: Because you seem to have the impression that the king is not as patriotic as you are.
François Villon: The fault is not mine, sire.
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Bon Jour
by Rudolf Friml and Johnny Burke
Sung by Oreste Kirkop (uncredited)
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It is a great shame that one cannot find past reordings of this Movie and Tenor
13 July 2002 | by cvattardSee all my reviews

It is a great shame that one cannot find past recordings of this great movie. Also it is almost impossible to find recordings of this unique Tenor. Perhaps it is about time that "Vagabond King" will be resuscitated by the use of today's technology. Likewise digital recorings from the Archives of this great Voice can at lest give us a rest from listening to the "three Tenors" over, and over again.


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