If I Were King (1938)

If I Were King





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If I Were King recounts the legend of Francois Villon, previously filmed as The Beloved Rogue (1928) and musicalized on Broadway as +The Vagabond King. Ronald Colman plays Villon, renegade poet of France during the reign of King Louis XVI. The doddering, cackling Louis (marvelously portrayed by Basil Rathbone) secretly admires Villon, but can't abide the poet's irreverence and radical politics. Threatened with insurrection from the scheming Duke of Burgundy, Louis appoints Villon "king" for a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Huntly McCarthy, Preston Sturges, Brandon Fleming
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 4, 1998
Paramount Pictures



as François Villon

as Katherine de Vaucell...

as King Louis XI

as Huguette

as Father Villon

as Captain of the Watch

as Rene de Montigny

as Neal le Jolya

as Tristan l'Hermite

as Colette

as Robin Turgis

as Jehan Le Loup

as Oliver le Dain

as Thibaut d'Aussigny

as Guy Tabarie

as Colin de Cayculx

as Gen. Dudon

as Gen. Saliere

as Gen. Barbezier

as Burgundian Herald

as Major-Domo

as Lady-in-Waiting

as Casin Cholet

as Lady-in-Waiting

as Noel de Jolys

as Ruffian

as Dwarf beggar

as Captain of Archers

as Soldier

as Old woman
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Critic Reviews for If I Were King

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Top Critic

Sharply written by Preston Sturges and well acted by Basil Rathbone, this commercially popular swashbuckler was nominated for four Oscars.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Colman is without peer in his portrayal of the famous French poet and ne'er-do-well Francois Villon.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

February 15, 2013

Audience Reviews for If I Were King


Great romantic/adventure movie. Lots of fun. Much imitated, but never equaled.

Anthony Valletta

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