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Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955)

Approved | | Drama, History | 28 December 1955 (UK)
Fictionalized account of events leading up the famous nude ride (alas, her hair covers everything) of the militant Saxon lady.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Oscar Brodney (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Lady Godiva
George Nader ... Lord Leofric
Victor McLaglen ... Grimald
Rex Reason ... Harold
Torin Thatcher ... Lord Godwin
Eduard Franz ... King Edward
Leslie Bradley ... Count Eustace
Henry Brandon ... Bejac
Arthur Shields ... Innkeeper
Robert Warwick ... Humbert
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Thorold (as A.E. Gould-Porter)
Grant Withers ... Pendar
Anthony Eustrel ... Prior (as Antony Eustrel)
Kathryn Givney ... Abbess
Sim Iness Sim Iness ... Oswin
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Storyline

In 11th-century England, King Edward the Confessor wants saxon Lord Leofric to marry a despised Norman woman, and has him jailed when he refuses. In jail, he meets Godiva, the sheriff's daughter, and soon they are wed. The times are turbulent and Godiva proves a militant bride; unhistorically, unrest between the Anglo-Saxon populace and the increasingly influential Norman French lead to her famous ride. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The First Startling Story Of The World's Most Famous Ride!

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 December 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

21st Century Lady Godiva See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood is the only living actor left. As of 2019. See more »

Quotes

Thorold: Then, my Lord, I must ask you to... to... Please do me the honour to consider yourself my prisoner.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on the background of a medieval style picture of a nun leading the horse ridden by the naked Godiva, covered only by her long hair, through town. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 2006 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Columbo: Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989) See more »

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21 July 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

for many viewers, the basic motif to see this film is an one expected scene. who, unfortunately, is far to be to close by the desires. but., in same measure, the virtue of film remains to not be very different by others from same period and genre. love, conflicts, recreated Medieval fresco, the reasonable performances and Maureen O Hara as a nice Godiva. it is enough for a nostalgic trip around a legendary episode. and the respect for the recipes of genre, with few nice nuances, is a real good point.


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