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The Brigand (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 6 October 1952 (Sweden)
In the 1800s, after an assassination attempt by Prince Ramon against the king of Mandorra, a brigand resembling the king surreptitiously impersonates the incapacitated monarch in order to throw off the plotters.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

George Bruce (story), Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anthony Dexter ... Capt.Carlos Delargo / King Lorenzo
Jody Lawrance ... Princess Teresa
Gale Robbins ... Countess Flora
Anthony Quinn ... Prince Ramón
Carl Benton Reid ... Prime Minister Triano
Ron Randell ... Capt. Ruiz
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Mssr. De Laforce
Carleton Young ... Carnot
Ian MacDonald ... Maj. Schrock
Lester Matthews ... Dr. Lopez
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Baroness Isabella
Walter Kingsford ... Sultan of Morocco
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Don Felipe Castro
Mari Blanchard ... Dona Dolores Castro
Holmes Herbert ... Archbishop
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Carlos Delargo, son of a royal princess of Mandorra who has been banished, is returned to the kingdom to face a murder charge, but is freed by King Lorenzo, to whom Dalargo bears a remarkable resemblance. When the king is wounded by assassins working for Napoleon, Delargo takes over the throne, at the request of Prime Minister Triano, in a plan to thwart the traitors. He also falls in love with the king's fiancée, Princess Teresa. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A PRICE ON HIS HEAD! A SWORD IN HIS HAND! And Another Man's Woman in His Arms!

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Adventure | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Brigant See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

The Brigand Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Al Mack and Morris Stoloff
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Anthony Dexter does dual role in tale by Dumas...
5 July 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

In an attempt to capitalize on Dexter's first film for Columbia, VALENTINO, the studio promptly gave him another assignment in which he would emulate the silent screen star who made his mark in sand and sandal epics. Not only that, they gave him a dual role requiring the actor to carry the film.

It's only half-successful. Dexter looks good in the period costumes, even acquits himself well in a couple of nicely choreographed dance scenes and makes a dashing hero in the Alexander Dumas style. He even makes a distinction between the true King and his giddy laughter and the brave imposter. But somehow, the total effect is lacking, partly due to a lackluster script and the fact that his leading lady is no more than a cardboard heroine.

JODY LAWRENCE exhibits almost no emotion in her role as the Princess who falls in love with the imposter. She speaks all her lines in a dull monotone and rarely changes her expression. This turns out to be a liability for a costume romance to stir up the proper amount of interest.

Dexter carries the main burden, while GALE ROBBINS, RON RANDELL, CARL BENTON REID and even ANTHONY QUINN as the villain Ramon are mere ciphers. It's a shame, because Columbia gave the film the benefit of lavish sets and costumes, obviously expecting a good return for their money. What they got is the same old Dumas story about a commoner impersonating royalty while the villains plot and plan how to win their way to the throne.

Summing up: Moderately interesting and not Dexter's fault that the project fails to become a spirited enough adventure.


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