Lancaster’s training as an acrobat and his graceful physicality are in full flower in this lovely, muted swashbuckler, written by Waldo Salt and directed by Jacques Tourneur. Lancaster is Dardo, an archer in 12th century Lombardy whose wife and son are kidnapped by the evil Hessian Count Ulrich (Frank Allenby). With his deaf mute friend Piccolo (Nick Cravat, one of Lancaster’s best friends in real life), he fights, leaps, and tumbles his way into Ulrich’s stronghold. A lighthearted romp with an interestingly muted overtone courtesy of Tourneur, shot in beautiful Technicolor. With Virginia Mayo and Norman Lloyd, still going strong at 98.
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