Review: ‘The Black Arrow’

Using Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow for the takeoff, Columbia has made an action-filled cloak-and-dagger romance. The picture is virtually a western of lethal combat, hard riding, intrigue and deep-dyed villainy - all in when-knighthood-was-in-flower terms. Maybe it isn't exactly art, but it is good entertainment.

Using Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Black Arrow for the takeoff, Columbia has made an action-filled cloak-and-dagger romance. The picture is virtually a western of lethal combat, hard riding, intrigue and deep-dyed villainy – all in when-knighthood-was-in-flower terms. Maybe it isn’t exactly art, but it is good entertainment.

The romantic angle has been accented heavily in the translation from Stevenson’s dispassionate narrative. The red-blooded hero returns from the 30 Years War to learn that his uncle has murdered his father to seize the House of York and has had the neighboring Lord of the House of Lancaster executed for the crime. And he understandably tumbles hard for the nifty Lancaster daughter.

The Black Arrow

Production

Columbia. Director Gordon Douglas; Producer Edward Small; Screenplay Richard Schayer, David P. Sheppard, Thomas Seller; Camera Charles Lawton; Editor Jerome Thoms; Music Paul Sawtell; Art Director Stephen Goosson, A. Leslie Thomas

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

Louis Hayward Janet Blair George Macready Edgar Buchanan
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading