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The King's Thief is a 1955 swashbuckling CinemaScope
CinemaScope
adventure film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Released on August 5, 1955, the film takes place in London
London
at the time of Charles II and stars Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David Niven, George Sanders
George Sanders
and Roger Moore.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production notes 4 Reception 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] James (Niven), the Duke of Brampton and the richest man in England, is so trusted by King Charles II (Sanders), he is able to have two of the King's loyal friends executed for treason. The second is the father of Lady Mary (Blyth). She travels from France to London
London
to seek justice. While there, she meets Michael Dermott (Purdom), a soldier who fought to restore Charles to the throne. He and many others were never paid for their services, unbeknownst to the King. He therefore turned highwayman. He and his comrades rob the Duke and come into possession of the Duke's notebook. In it are listed twelve rich and powerful people, as well as details of their possessions. Two names are crossed out; it does not take long for Michael to realize that the other ten are in peril for their lives. Michael first tries to blackmail the Duke, but without much success. A fence named Simon betrays his hiding place. Michael and his comrade Jack (Moore) escape from the Duke's soldiers, though Michael is wounded in the shoulder. Adventure abounds as the Duke tries to retrieve his property before it can be used against him. Cast[edit]

Ann Blyth
Ann Blyth
... Lady Mary Edmund Purdom
Edmund Purdom
... Michael Dermott David Niven
David Niven
... James - Duke of Brampton George Sanders
George Sanders
... Charles II Roger Moore
Roger Moore
... Jack John Dehner
John Dehner
... Captain Herrick Sean McClory... Sheldon Tudor Owen ... Simon Melville Cooper
Melville Cooper
... Henry Wynch Alan Mowbray
Alan Mowbray
... Sir Gilbert Talbot Rhys Williams ... Turnkey Joan Elan ... Charity Fell Charles Davis ... Apothecary Ashley Cowan ... Skene Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
... Fell Paul Cavanagh
Paul Cavanagh
... Sir Edward Scott Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Mrs. Fell Isobel Elsom
Isobel Elsom
... Mrs. Bennett Milton Parsons ... Adam Urich Jacob Hall ... Lord Layton Queenie Leonard
Queenie Leonard
... Apothecary's Wife Owen McGiveney ... Hoskins Robert Dix ... Husky Michael Dugan ... Husky James Logan ... Guard Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
... Little Man (uncredited) Leonard Carey
Leonard Carey
... Servant (uncredited) Leslie Denison ... Beadle (voice) (uncredited) Ronald Green ... Hired Swordsman (uncredited) Peter Hansen ... Isaac Newton (uncredited) Ramsay Hill ... Lord (uncredited) Charles Keane ... Guard (uncredited) Keith McConnell ... Usher (uncredited) John Monaghan ... Shaddy (uncredited) Matt Moore ... Gentleman (uncredited) Clive Morgan ... Captain of Guards (uncredited) Vesey O'Davoren ... Courier (uncredited) Gordon Richards ... Courier (uncredited) Lewis L. Russell ... Gentleman (uncredited) Gilchrist Stuart ... Clerk (uncredited) Trevor Ward ... Perspiring Man (uncredited) Trude Wyler ... Celestine (uncredited)

Production notes[edit] The film was based on a story by Christopher Knopf, and was produced by his father Edwin. Robert Taylor and then Stewart Granger
Stewart Granger
were at first announced as the star.[2] Eventually the lead was given to Edmund Purdom
Edmund Purdom
who MGM were building into a star at the time.[3] Michael Wilding was going to play the villain[4] before being replaced by David Niven. Reception[edit] According to MGM records the film earned only $478,000 in the US and Canada and $1,071,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $707,000.[1] See also[edit]

List of American films of 1955

References[edit]

^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study . ^ Granger Awarded 'King's Thief' Lead Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Apr 1953: A2. ^ Pryor, Thomas (1 Feb 1954). "METRO STRESSING CINEMASCOPE USE: Five of Eight Films to Be Done in April and May Set for Wide Screen". New York Times. p. 19.  ^ Schallert, Edwin (3 Sep 1954). "Wilding Soon to Delve Into Villainy; New Patty Andrews Film Charted". Los Angeles Times. p. B7. 

External links[edit]

The King's Thief on IMDb The King's Thief at Rotten Tomatoes The King's Thief at the TCM Movie Database

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The films of Robert Z. Leonard

The Master Key (1914) Judge Not; or The Woman of Mona Diggings (1915) Secret Love (1916) The Plow Girl (1916) On Record (1917) A Mormon Maid
A Mormon Maid
(1917) The Primrose Ring (1917) At First Sight (1917) Face Value (1918) The Bride's Awakening (1918) Danger, Go Slow
Danger, Go Slow
(1918) The Delicious Little Devil
The Delicious Little Devil
(1919) The Miracle of Love (1919) April Folly
April Folly
(1920) The Restless Sex
The Restless Sex
(1920) The Gilded Lily (1921) Heedless Moths
Heedless Moths
(1921) Peacock Alley (1922) Fascination (1922) Broadway Rose (1922) Jazzmania
Jazzmania
(1923) Mademoiselle Midnight
Mademoiselle Midnight
(1924) Circe, the Enchantress
Circe, the Enchantress
(1924) Cheaper to Marry (1925) Time, the Comedian (1925) Bright Lights (1925) Dance Madness
Dance Madness
(1926) Mademoiselle Modiste (1926) The Waning Sex
The Waning Sex
(1926) A Little Journey (1927) The Demi-Bride
The Demi-Bride
(1927) Adam and Evil (1927) Tea for Three (1927) Baby Mine (1928) The Cardboard Lover (1928) A Lady of Chance
A Lady of Chance
(1928) Marianne (1929, silent) Marianne (1929, musical) The Divorcee
The Divorcee
(1930) In Gay Madrid (1930) Let Us Be Gay (1930) The Bachelor Father
The Bachelor Father
(1931) Five and Ten (1931) It's a Wise Child (1931) Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
(1931) Lovers Courageous (1932) Strange Interlude (1932) Peg o' My Heart (1933) Dancing Lady
Dancing Lady
(1933) Outcast Lady
Outcast Lady
(1934) After Office Hours
After Office Hours
(1935) Naughty Marietta (1935) Escapade (1935) A Tale of Two Cities (1935) The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
(1936) Piccadilly Jim (1936) Maytime (1937) The Firefly (1937) The Girl of the Golden West (1938) Broadway Serenade
Broadway Serenade
(1939) New Moon (1940) Pride and Prejudice (1940) Third Finger, Left Hand
Third Finger, Left Hand
(1940) Ziegfeld Girl (1941) When Ladies Meet (1941) We Were Dancing (1942) Stand By for Action
Stand By for Action
(1942) The Man from Down Under
The Man from Down Under
(1943) Marriage Is a Private Affair
Marriage Is a Private Affair
(1944) Week-End at the Waldorf
Week-End at the Waldorf
(1945) The Secret Heart (1946) Cynthia (1947) B.F.'s Daughter (1948) The Bribe
The Bribe
(1949) In the Good Old Summertime (1949) Nancy Goes to Rio
Nancy Goes to Rio
(1950) Duchess of Idaho
Duchess of Idaho
(1950) Grounds for Marriage
Grounds for Marriage
(1951) Too Young to Kiss
Too Young to Kiss
(1951) Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) The Clown (1953) The Great Diamond Robbery (1953) Her Twelve Men
Her Twelve Men
(1954) The King's Thief (1955) Beautiful but Dangerous (1955)

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The films of Hugo Fregonese

Savage Pampas (1945) Where Words Fail (1946) Hardly a Criminal
Hardly a Criminal
(1949) From Man to Man (1949) One Way Street
One Way Street
(1950) Saddle Tramp (1950) Apache Drums
Apache Drums
(1951) The Mark of the Renegade (1951) My Six Convicts
My Six Convicts
(1952) Untamed Frontier
Untamed Frontier
(1952) Decameron Nights
Decameron Nights
(1953) Blowing Wild
Blowing Wild
(1953) Man in the Attic
Man in the Attic
(1953) The Raid (1954) Black Tuesday (1954) The King's Thief (1955) The Wanderers (1956) The Unbeatable Sword (1957) Seven Thunders (1957) Harry Black (1958) Marco Polo (1961) The Secret of Dr. Mabuse
The Secret of Dr. Mabuse
(1964) Last Plane to Baalbek
Last Plane to Baalbek
(1964) Old Shatterhand (1964) Savage Pampas (1966) Find a Place to Die (1968) Dracula Versus Frankenstein (1970) The Bad Life (1973) Beyond th

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