Prince Valiant (1954)





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Hal Foster's Sunday-comics saga of a young Viking prince in the service of King Arthur is brought to the screen in CinemaScope and Technicolor in Prince Valiant. Despite the fact that he sports a dutch bob that makes him look like actress Phyllis Kirk, Robert Wagner is quite virile and convincing as the title character. Trained for the Round Table by Sir Gawain (Sterling Hayden), Valiant takes time out to fall in love with the beautiful Princess Aleta (Janet Leigh). The villain of the piece is The Black Knight, aka Sir Brack (top-billed James Mason), who intends to topple King Arthur (Brian Aherne) from his throne, then conquer Valiant's people in Scandia. But Prince Valiant proves a fearsome opponent to the usurping Sir Brack. Sadly, most currently available prints of Prince Valiant have been panned-and-scanned, denying viewers the opportunity to revel in Henry Hathaway's creative utilization of the CinemaScope format. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Romance
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Robert Wagner
as Prince Valiant
James Mason
as Sir Brack
Janet Leigh
as Princess Aleta
Debra Paget
as Ilene
Sterling Hayden
as Sir Gawain
Donald Crisp
as King Aguar
Brian Aherne
as King Arthur
Barry Jones
as King Luke
Howard Wendell
as Morgan Todd
Tom Conway
as Sir Kay
Sammy Ogg
as Small Page
Neville Brand
as Viking Warrior Chief
Ben Wright
as Seneschal
Jarma Lewis
as Queen Guinevere
Robert Adler
as Sir Brack's Man-at-Arms
Ray Spiker
as Gorlock
Primo Carnera
as Sligon
Basil Ruysdael
as Old Viking
Fortune Gordien
as Strangler
Don Megowan
as Sir Launcelot
Richard Webb
as Sir Galahad
John Dierkes
as Sir Tristram
Otto Waldis
as Patch Eye
John Davidson
as Patriarch
Lloyd Aherne Jr.
as Prince Valiant (age 12)
Lou Nova
as Captain of the Guards
Hal Baylor
as Prison Guard
Mickey Simpson
as Prison Guard
Gene Roth
as Viking
Michael Rennie
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Prince Valiant

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
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Quite ordinary.

Full Review… | February 6, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Prince Valiant

Knighthood must be won. Prince Valiant and his father the king are about to be invaded. The king sends valiant to King Arthur to be protected until it's safe to return home. Upon meeting Arthur, Prince Valiant declares he wants to be part of the round table. He is informed he will need to become a squire and earn his position. Valiant jumps at the chance and takes on the squire position. "Who is he?" "A ghost." Henry Hathaway, director of True Grit, How the West was Won, Niagara, The Sons of Katie Elder, Rawhide, Legend of the Lost, and Call Northside 777, delivers Prince Valiant. The storyline for this picture is entertaining, a bit cliché, but fun to watch unfold. The settings and costumes were all done as was the acting. The cast delivers very solid performances and includes Janet Leigh, James Mason, Robert Wagner, Donald Crisp, and Debra Paget. "God help the king that has two daughters and no sons." This was recommended to me by Fios so I randomly DVR'd it. This was solid and I enjoyed the film from beginning to end. This is far from a classic or on par with Errol Flynn pictures from this era, but it was worth following and seeing once. "There's something queer going on." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Always a joy to watch Sterling Hayden. Wagner is well cast as the energetic & athletic young Prince. This average flick comes alive with an exceptionally well choreographed Viking fight scene that encompasses the whole castle near the end.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

Beautifully photographed and scored, in CinemaScope, the Wonder of 4-track Stereophonic sound, and Technicolor.

Ross C
Ross C

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