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The Master of Ballantrae (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 5 August 1953 (USA)
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Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Herb Meadow (screenplay), Harold Medford (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Jamie Durie
Roger Livesey ... Col. Francis Burke
Anthony Steel ... Henry Durie
Beatrice Campbell Beatrice Campbell ... Lady Alison
Yvonne Furneaux ... Jessie Brown
Felix Aylmer ... Lord Durrisdeer
Mervyn Johns ... MacKellar
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Mendoza
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Maj. Clarendon
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Matthew Bull (as Francis de Wolff)
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Capt. Arnaud
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Buckle on your swashes for this swashbuckling adventure with a highlander who fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie who, after various escapades, becomes a pirate. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Celebrated Masterpiece of Gallantry ! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae See more »

Filming Locations:

Palermo, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the spectacular (but brief) scenes depicting the 1745 rebellion, this film used stock footage from the disastrously unsuccessful David Niven film, Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948), released only a few years earlier. Niven can actually be seen for a moment in one shot, albeit with his back to the camera. See more »

Goofs

The so-called Spanish galleon is a frigate; galleons were replaced by frigates in the 17th century. See more »

Quotes

Col. Francis Burke: Why, you swindling scum of a coward! You mouse-hearted imitation of a man! You green crawling snake that slipped up from the slime when your thieving mother wasn't looking!
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Not the Sea Hawk, but not the Big Boodle, either.
22 November 1998 | by Scott-52See all my reviews

There are some problems with this version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, not least of which is the changing of the ending and parts of the story to make it more appealing to the juvenile appetite. Psychological complexities are minimized here, so that what you're getting is an adventure yarn about greed and jealousy. It could have been a lot more.

Yet there are compensations. Jack Cardiff's photography is really eye-catching, and Mr. Livesey carves a nice bit of ham from his role. Flynn himself seems more interested in the proceedings than at any time since before the war. He is out of condition, and lacks physical vigor, but a clarity of eye indicates he may have had some inkling of what this could have been.

Made to utilize Warners Brothers frozen assets in England, the film is not Stevenson, but is but no means a bad way to pass part of a rainy afternoon.


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