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In this film based on a true story, King Louis XI (Basil Rathbone) masquerades as a commoner in Paris, seeking out the treachery he is sure lurks in his kingdom. At a local tavern, he overhears the brash poet François Villon (Ronald Colman) extolling why he would be a better king. Annoyed yet intrigued, the King bestows on Villon the title of Grand Constable. Soon Villon begins work and falls for a lovely lady-in-waiting (Frances Dee), but then must flee execution when the King turns on him.

Cast & Crew

Ronald Colman
François Villon
Basil Rathbone
King Louis XI
Frances Dee
Katherine de Vaucelles
C.V. France
Father Villon
Henry Wilcoxon
Captain of the Watch
Stanley Ridges
Rene de Montigny
Bruce Lester
Noel de Jolys
Walter Kingsford
Tristan l'Hermite
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Critic Reviews for If I Were King

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Audience Reviews for If I Were King

  • Mar 12, 2020
    Poor Ronald Colman! His mellifluous vocalizing outshines his acting in nearly every outing, so that he is little remembered anymore but for how he spoke. Herein is one film that attempts to capitalize on his go-to strength as he plays a ragtag street poet in France who is given a shot at actually ruling the people, to be king-for-a day. The work is occasionally sprinkled with light poetry with Colman's particular talent in mind (great writing by Preston Sturges), but the poor guy's foil is Basil Rathbone, no acting lightweight, who steals the film with an over-the-top characterization as the much-put-upon real king. Still, all in all, a good work, seemingly forgotten in the wake of great swashbucklers such as The Adventures of Robin Hood.
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  • Oct 07, 2008
    Great romantic/adventure movie. Lots of fun. Much imitated, but never equaled.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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