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Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 26 October 1948 (UK)
In the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the Young Pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie leads an insurrection to overthrow the Protestant House of Hanover and restore his family, the Catholic branch of the House of Stuart, to the British throne.

Directors:

Anthony Kimmins, Alexander Korda (uncredited)

Writer:

Clemence Dane (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Prince Charles Edward Stuart
Margaret Leighton ... Flora MacDonald
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Donald MacDonald
John Laurie ... Blind Jamie
Jack Hawkins ... Lord George Murray
Judy Campbell ... Clementina Walkinshaw
Ronald Adam ... Macleod
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Capt. Ferguson
Elwyn Brook-Jones Elwyn Brook-Jones ... The Duke of Cumberland
Finlay Currie ... The Marquis of Tullibardine
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Kinloch Moidart
Hector Ross Hector Ross ... Glenaladale
John Longden ... Col. O'Sullivan
Franklin Dyall Franklin Dyall ... MacDonald of Keppoch - Morar
Guy Le Feuvre Guy Le Feuvre ... Cameron of Lochiel (as Guy Lefeuvre)
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Storyline

In 1743, James Francis Edward, Prince of Wales, son of deposed King James II of England and Ireland and VII of Scotland decides he is too old to return to England to reclaim the English, Scottish and Irish crowns. Living in exile in continental Europe, he summons his son Prince Charles Edward Stuart to name him Prince Regent and entrust him with the task of reclaiming the crowns from the sitting monarch, King George II. During the succession debacle, the House of Stuart received the support of their Catholic subjects, while King George II of the House of Hanover had the support of the Protestants. Catholic France supported the House of Stuart's claim to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. In 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, affectionately known as Bonnie Prince Charlie and The Young Pretender, is finally sent to Scotland with French support to reclaim the throne from George II for the House of Stuart. With a warship and seven companions, Prince Charlie lands on a Scottish ... Written by nufs68

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From the studios of Alexander Korda a $3,500,000 spectacle in Technicolor. See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anthony Kimmins' Production Bonnie Prince Charlie See more »

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Budget:

GBP600,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Coote was cast but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

The character of Kinlochmoidart (Herbert Lomas) is listed in the final credits as Kinloch Moidart implying that is the character's given and family names. It is actually one word Kinlochmoidart. The correct name of the character is Donald MacDonald 4th Chief of the MacDonalds of Kinlochmoidart. Like other MacDonald chiefs, e.g. Sleat, Keppoch, Glengarry, Kinlochmoidart took his familiar name from the location of his clan. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some television prints are in black and white. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dream Me Up Scotty! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Will Ye No Come Back Again?
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish tune, lyrics by Lady Carolina Nairne
Sung by a choir
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Not That Bonnie But Not That Bad
24 January 2014 | by simonrosenbaumSee all my reviews

When I saw this had a rating of 4.9 and a running time of 130 mins I was expecting a disappointing long slog of a movie and I admit it's no great film by any means but it's also no way as bad as the 4.9 rating suggests. The DVD that I watched which was from The David Niven Screen Icons collection was only 112 minutes and had a good for its age unremastered colour picture that made the most of the rich colours of the costumes and landscape. Expecting it to be a longer film I saw it in two sittings and it was hard to get into at first but by about halfway I was quite engrossed by the story and thought it was well told. No doubt its failure at the box office along with its high cost has dented its reputation but that doesn't mean it's a terrible film. I would give it a 6/10.


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