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The Master of Ballantrae

Robert Louis Stevenson's novel provides a tailor-made vehicle for Errol Flynn. Picture was filmed mostly in Scotland, and the backgrounds are a colorful addition to the period values and escapism.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel provides a tailor-made vehicle for Errol Flynn. Picture was filmed mostly in Scotland, and the backgrounds are a colorful addition to the period values and escapism.

Character development in the plotting is elementary but the handling gets the most out of the script and the competent cast to sharpen the romantic values of the 18th-century adventure yarn.

Flynn’s customary heroics are brought off with debonair dispatch, whether it’s wooing the girls, duelling or engaging in mass battle. He’s seen as Jamie Durrisdeer, heir to the Scottish estate of Ballantrae, who joins a Stuart rebellion against the King of England, becomes a fugitive after the rebels are put down and flees to the West Indies with Irish adventurer Roger Livesey, believing he had been betrayed to the British by his brother.

Livesey is colorful and humorous as Flynn’s chief partner in the swashbuckling. Beatrice Campbell is gracious and beautiful as Lady Alison. Yvonne Furneaux, a girl with whom Flynn pitches some extra-curricular wooing, and Gillian Lynne, a pirate’s dancing girl friend, also provide femme beauty.

The Master of Ballantrae

  • Production: Warner. Director William Keighley; Screenplay Herb Meadow, Harold Medford; Camera Jack Cardiff; Editor Jack Harris; Music William Alwyn; Art Director Ralph Brinton
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 88 MIN.
  • With: Errol Flynn Roger Livesey Anthony Steel Beatrice Campbell Yvonne Furneaux Felix Aylmer
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