Watch: The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 123movies, Full Movie Online – Technicolor and tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles of Crisby Dale, and his sister Meg, have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of their father’s true identity. They are sent Mackworth Castle by their foster father with a letter to Lord Mackworth, urging him to take in Myles and Meg as wards. There, Myles is smitten with Mackworth’s daughter, Lady Anne, incurs the enmity of the chief knight-in-training, and is assigned by Lord Mackworth to train for knighthood, himself so that he may claim his birthright and assist Mackworth and the stalwart Prince Hal in defeating the evil Duke of Alban, who plots to usurp King Henry’s throne..
Plot: In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles and his sister Meg have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of who their father really was. But one day, they journey to Macworth castle. There, Myles falls in love with the Macworth’s daughter Anne, makes friends and enemies, and learns to be a knight.
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Tony Curtis as a Knight!!! REALLY?????
Looking back, it seems like they showed this movie every other Sunday afternoon (and I watched it everytime). It’s of a time when knights were bold and their women were beautiful. And, a time when you settled your disputes on the ‘field of honor’. Tony Curtis looks a bit awkward in the role of ‘knight wannabe’, but you soon suspend belief and accept him in the part.
The story unfolds in nicely presented vignettes (over the course of years), that are assembled effortlessly and almost seamlessly. Battles and glory await our hero (the girl awaits too). It’s an entertaining journey to the climatic finish. Enjoy….
Tony the peasant becomes a swashbuckling squire, then knight
This is a tale of intrigue and the training of squires and knights in the early 14th century, during the reign of Henry IV of England. Tony Curtis plays the lead role, as Myles, beginning as a simple peasant, unsure of his parentage, living with his eligible sister Meg (Barbara Rush), and another man: Driccon. They suffer an attack by a group of men, apparently looking to force Tony to become a soldier. Also, one tries to rape Meg. This incites Tony into a frenzy of gymnastic moves that subdues the whole bunch, then steals a horse and rides to the sanctuary of a church, with caretaker Friar Edward. Meg and Diccon somehow soon join Tony. The friar recommends that they journey to the castle of the Earl of Mackworth, who hopefully will offer protection, and a chance for Tony to learn to become a squire. This they do, not being welcomed enthusiastically in the absence of the earl. They are subject to cat calls relating to their status as peasants, and Tony eventually starts a brawl, in which he again demonstrates his ability to combat a group of men without any conventional weapons. He learns about the Book of Heraldry in the earl’s forbidden library, and that it contains a list of the coat of arms for all the noble families. He wants to look through it for his possible family, and is caught sneaking into the library, receiving a punishment. He has another brawl with some of the squires in training, especially Walter Blunt, brother? of the Earl of Alban.(Just why Walter is training in Mackworth’s castle rather than his brother’s castle is not explained).
Tony begins the training to become a squire, which consists mostly of discipline and sword fighting with or without a shield, taught by Sir James. It appears he is actually being trained to be a foot soldier or guard rather than an aid to a knight, which was my idea of what squires did. The earl recommended that Tony be trained as a knight, since he was advancing faster than the other squire candidates. He had to get used to carrying the 70 lb. weight of his suit of armor, and how to handle his horse as well as a sword and shield.
Lady Anne(Jane Leigh) the earl’s daughter, took a liking to Tony, but was forbidden to interact with him, as he was of peasant stock and she was promised to squire-in-training Walter Blunt. Nonetheless, they sneaked in rendezvous in the courtyard that cemented their romantic attraction. Eventually, they are caught, and Tony’s ‘punishment’ is to joust with the visiting jousting champion from Burgundy: Count Vermois. But this is scratched when Walter Blunt claims Tony has to go to the dungeon and await his hanging the next day! But, arguments before King Henry, who was visiting Mackworth, finally convinced him that Tony was due a trial by combat(jousting)with the Earl of Alban. Many things rode on the outcome of this joust. Not only Tony’s life, but his claim to the castle of Alban and surrounding lands, which had previously belonged to the Falworths, and the question of the guilt of the Falworth clan as traitors, plus the prospect of Lady Anne as his bride. As things turned out, the outcome of their joust was interrupted by a general brawl between the men of the 2 castles, occasioned by an attempted assassination of King Henry, looking on. Tony and the Earl continued their contest on foot among the brawlers.
If interested, the screenplay for this film was adapted from the novel “Men of Iron”. A list of some of the differences between the book and film are listed at Wikipedia. I include some of these. In general, I would say the screenplay sounds like it’s more exciting. 1)Myles’ parents were still alive at the beginning 2)Myles’ lacks a sister 3)Francis Gascoyne(Myles’ friend) has no sweetheart(Meg being absent) 4)Meles’ great enemy(Earl of Alban) is not revealed until near the end 5)Walter Blunt is not the Earl of Alban’s brother and he disappears part way through. 6)Walter Blunt is not a suitor for Lady Anne 7)The Earl of Alban doesn’t try to seize the throne from Henry 8)King Henry isn’t as pleased by Myles’ victory over the Earl of Alban. 9)Full restitution of the Falworths wouldn’t occur until Henry V took the throne.
There is an excellent copy at YouTube
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min)
Genre Adventure, History, Romance
Director Rudolph Maté
Writer Oscar Brodney, Howard Pyle
Actors Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, David Farrar
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording), Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (optical prints)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1, 2.00 : 1 (alternate spherical version), 2.35 : 1 (cropped, for theatres not yet equipped for CinemaScope), 2.55 : 1 (CinemaScope version)
Laboratory Technicolor (color by)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical (alternate spherical version), CinemaScope (as A CinemaScope Production)
Printed Film Format 35 mm