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Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe is a great romantic adventure, mounted extravagantly, crammed with action, and emerges as a spectacular feast.

Ivanhoe is a great romantic adventure, mounted extravagantly, crammed with action, and emerges as a spectacular feast.

Both the romance and the action are concentrated around Robert Taylor who, as Ivanhoe, is the courageous Saxon leader fighting for the liberation of King Richard from an Austrian prison and his restoration to the throne. Two women play an important part in his life. There is Rowena (Joan Fontaine), his father’s ward, with whom he is in love; and Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor), daughter of the Jew who raises the ransom money. She is in love with him.

Taylor sets the pace with a virile contribution which is matched by George Sanders as his principal adversary. Fontaine contributes to all the requisite charm and understanding as Rowena.

1952: Nominations: Best Picture, Color Cinematography, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture

Ivanhoe

UK

  • Production: M-G-M. Director Richard Thorpe; Producer Pandro S. Berman; Screenplay Noel Langley, Aeneas MacKenzie; Camera Freddie Young; Editor Frank Clarke; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director Alfred Junge
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 107 MIN.
  • With: Robert Taylor Elizabeth Taylor Joan Fontaine George Sanders Emlyn Williams Robert Douglas
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