• King Richard and the Crusaders

    1954. USA. David Butler. 114 min.

Saturday, March 8, 2008, 5:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • King Richard and the Crusaders

    1954. USA. Directed by David Butler. With Rex Harrison, Virginia Mayo, George Sanders, Laurence Harvey. With the advent of Cinemascope in 1953, there seemed to be a notion in Hollywood that the wide screen cried out for adaptations of Sir Walter Scott's works. King Richard and the Crusaders, Sir Rex's entry into this list, is based on Scott's The Talisman, and someone deserves our undying gratitude for casting him as the Muslim general, Saladin. Although he got top billing, it takes a half-hour for Harrison to appear. Yet his whimsical performance, redolent of Douglas Fairbanks in its knowing irony, is worth waiting for. Of course, it must have taken considerable imagination to choose the ever world-weary Sanders to incarnate Richard the Lionhearted. Harrison sings a couple of songs, Mayo preaches on the need for Christian-Muslim reconciliation, and a good time is had by all. 114 min.

In the Film exhibition Rex Harrison: A Centenary Tribute

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