5.7/10
508
7 user 2 critic

The King's Thief (1955)

Not Rated | | Adventure, History | 5 August 1955 (USA)
An ex-soldier turned highwayman uncovers a plot to take control of England from King Charles II.

Directors:

Robert Z. Leonard, Hugo Fregonese (uncredited)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Diane (1956)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the sixteenth century, a noblewoman has a love affair with the French King.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Lana Turner, Pedro Armendáriz, Roger Moore
The Miracle (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During the Napoleonic era, in Spain, a young postulant falls in love with a handsome British soldier who is recovering with others of his regiment after being wounded. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Irving Rapper, Gordon Douglas
Stars: Carroll Baker, Roger Moore, Walter Slezak
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks
Ivanhoe (1958–1959)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The adventures of Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a noble knight and champion of justice during the rule of the evil Prince John.

Stars: Roger Moore, Robert Brown, Andrew Keir
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked on "Stars and Stripes" when he met Marion and Helen. He would marry and be happy ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The classic story from the early days of Rome where there are no women. Romulus, the founder of Rome, finds women to be wives from Sabina where there are a lot of women. The Sabine men, of ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pottier
Stars: Roger Moore, Mylène Demongeot, Giorgia Moll
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Retired British general Brunswick reminisces about the days when he was a colonel in charge of a British Army battalion fighting against native rebels in colonial India during the late 1800s.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Stewart Granger, Walter Pidgeon, David Niven
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Seven Saints, Utah, McCracken's outlaw gang is vying for fur trappers Jim Rainbolt and Shaun Garrett's gold nugget fortune that also catches the eye of Mexican bandit Gondora and his caballeros.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Clint Walker, Roger Moore, Letícia Román
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A prince has a romance with a barmaid before he must give up personal happiness for duty.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, John Ericson
Crossroads (1942)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor
Crossplot (1969)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A successful London ad-exec hires a beautiful Hungarian girl to pose for some modeling shots, little realising that she has overheard an assassination plot and is now being hunted by some ... See full summary »

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Roger Moore, Martha Hyer, Alexis Kanner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Blyth ... Lady Mary
Edmund Purdom ... Michael Dermott
David Niven ... James - Duke of Brampton
George Sanders ... Charles II
Roger Moore ... Jack
John Dehner ... Capt Herrick
Sean McClory ... Sheldon
Tudor Owen ... Simon
Melville Cooper ... Henry Wynch
Alan Mowbray ... Sir Gilbert Talbot
Rhys Williams ... Turnkey
Joan Elan ... Charity Fell
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Apothecary
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Skene
Ian Wolfe ... Fell
Edit

Storyline

Lady Mary's father is innocently accused of treason and is executed. It is the King's evil chancellor, the Duke of Brampton, who has found a way of getting rich by accusing wealthy nobles of treason, having them killed, and then expropriating part of their fortune along with their troops. Lady Mary travels to London to meet the Duke, and at the same time, meets the daring and handsome highwayman Michael Dermott. Dermott has stolen the Duke's notebook where the list of targeted noblemen has been written down. The Duke is very anxious to get his notebook back. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A romance inspired by a true story of a soldier of fortune!

Genres:

Adventure | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Des Königs Dieb See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,577,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Screenwriter Christopher Knopf is the son of Edwin H. Knopf. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
So-so Costumer/Swashbuckler set at the court of 17th century English king Charles II
24 October 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Set in Charles II kingdom , when he is restored to the British throne , after Cromwell's Republic , and stars a handsome highwayman named Michael Dermott (Edmund Purdom) who holds up a villain , short-tempered Duke (David Niven who delivers the most indelible sight , making a surprisingly effective nasty) and acquires a notebook , which , in due course , he realises is the key to latter's scheme to eliminate a series of noblemen , yet really in the service of his own will of power . But Michael is caught and imprisoned along with his colleague Jack (Roger Moore) and , subsequently , both of whom escape across a risked getaway . While Lady Mary's (Ann Blyth) father is innocently accused of treason and is executed along with other allegedly traitors . It was carried out by the king's evil chancellor , the duke of Brampton , having them murdered and then expropriating their fortune , all under the auspices of protecting the throne from seditionaries . Then , Lady Mary travels to London to meet the duke , but instead meets Michael and both of whom fall in love . At the end Dermott becomes involved in a plot to steal the Crown jewels at the Tower of London and finds a worthy fencing adversary in the treacherous Duc of Brampton at an exciting final duel .

Edmund Purdom 's spectacular and overwhelming adventure features impressive duels , elegant costuming , adequate production design , marvelous gowns , loads of action and full of Restoration Regalia . Edmund Purdom is at his most agile and deft style and performs his own stunts . Purdom was 31 when he made this movie . Previously , Edmund made his best adventures and swashbucklers and played successes as ¨The student Prince¨, ¨The Egyptian¨, ¨Athena¨, ¨The prodigal¨ . It was all downhill for Purdom after this , as he emigrated Italy where starred ¨B¨ films , Sword and Sandals , Spaghettis and minor epics as ¨Herod the Great¨, ¨Nefertiti , queen of Nile¨ , and followed successive flops as ¨Mr Scarface¨, ¨Big Boss¨, ¨Dr. Frankestein castle of freaks¨. Nice acting by David Niven as Duke of Brampton , who has found a way of getting rich by accusing his enemies of treason and sequester their property . And Ann Blyth plays the damsel in distress seeking justice for her late daddy as a colourless female lead . Support cast is pretty well , plenty of familiar faces as John Dehner , Melville Cooper , Sean McClory , Alan Mowbray , Rhys Williams , Tudor Owen , Ian Wolf and a young Roger Moore and special mention for George Sanders as Charles II and leading a pack of Spaniels . This King Charles II was also played in ¨Restoration (1992) by Sam Neill , and George Sanders also portrayed him in ¨Forever Amber¨ (1947).

Richly costumed , including luxurious gowns and in glamorous Technicolor cinematography by cameraman by Robert H. Planck . Breathtaking and luxury set design and art design by Cedric Gibbons , MGM's ordinary , though mostly interiors . Here MGM turned out in a quiet corner of the backlot . Thrilling and evocative musical score by the great maestro and prolific Miklos Rozsa . The picture is not a masterpiece , being made in modest limits , with huge confidence and fair play by Robert Z Leonard . Robert directed all kinds of genres , but especially dramas and musicals , such as : Clown , The Duchess of Idaho , Nancy goes to Rio , In the good old summertime , When ladies meet , Ziegfeld girl , Pride and prejudice , Broadway serenade , Girl of the Golden west , The firefly , The great Ziegfeld , Dancing Lady , Strange interlude , The Divorcée and a Mormon maid . Rating : 5.5/10 , passable , a pleasing time-passer . An enjoyable vision to brighten any day .


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed