King Richard and the Crusaders

King Richard and the Crusaders

Rex Harrison
Director: David Butler Cast: Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
, Virginia Mayo
Virginia Mayo
, George Sanders
George Sanders
David Butler

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Roundly panned when it was first released, this CinemaScope film version of Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman can now be enjoyed on a "high camp" level. George Sanders plays King Richard the Lionhearted, while his arch-foe Saladin is over-acted by Rex Harrison. One of Richard's objectives during the Crusades is to reclaim the Holy Grail from Saladin's Mohammedan hordes. On the home front, Richard must contend with a group of conspirators dedicated to toppling him from his throne. In the middle of all this is the fictional Lady Edith,a British noblewoman played by Virginia Mayo in a manner that can best be described as overbaked. It is Ms. Mayo who delivers the film's classic line "Oh, fight, fight, fight! That's all you ever think of, Dickie Plantagenet!" In his American film debut, Laurence Harvey is as hammy as the rest of the cast as Sir Kenneth, Richard's right-hand man.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2012
UPC: 0883316648131
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 8,491

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Saladin
Virginia Mayo Lady Edith
George Sanders Richard III
Laurence Harvey Sir Kenneth
Robert Douglas Sir Giles Amaury
Michael Pate Montferrat
Paula Raymond Queen Berengaria
Lester Matthews Archbishop of Tyre
Anthony Eustrel Baron De Vaux
Henry Corden Philip of France
Wilton Graff Duke Leopold of Austria
Nejla Ates Moorish Dancing Girl
Nick Cravat Nectobanus
Leslie E. Bradley Castelain Captain
Mark Dana 2nd Castelain
Peter Ortiz Castelains
John Alderson Mob Leader
Rudolph Anders German Knight
Larry Chance Castelain Spokesman
John Epper Wounded Castelain
Mark Hanna Courier
Lumsden Hare Actor
Robin Hughes King's Guard
Paul Marion Arab Falconer
Leonard Mudie Actor
Leonard Penn Actor
Otto Reichow Actor
Abdullah Abbas Arab
Bruce Lister Actor

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Rex Harrison Songwriter
Ray Heindorf Songwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Irene Morra Editor
Max Steiner Score Composer
Bertram Tuttle Art Director
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter

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