King's Rhapsody (film)

Last updated

King's Rhapsody
King's Rhapsody - Poster.jpg
1955 theatrical poster
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written byPamela Bower
Christopher Hassall
Additional dialogue:
A.P. Herbert
Based onmusical King's Rhapsody by Ivor Novello
Starring Errol Flynn
Anna Neagle
Patrice Wymore
Cinematography Max Greene
Edited by Reginald Beck
Production
company
Everest Pictures (Herbert Wilcox)
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation (UK)
United Artists (US)
Release date
  • 26 October 1955 (1955-10-26)(London, UK)

1957(US)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office£90,884 (UK) [1]

King's Rhapsody is a 1955 English musical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Errol Flynn and Patrice Wymore. Wymore was Errol Flynn's wife at the time of filming. [2] It was based on the successful stage musical King's Rhapsody by Ivor Novello. [3]

Contents

Plot

Prince Richard of Laurentia is summoned from exile with his mistress Marta (Anna Neagle) in Monte Carlo, to resume Royal duties following the death of his father, the King (Finlay Currie). He is charged to marry Princess Cristiane of Norseland (Patrice Wymore) and produce an heir to the throne. Although Richard's affections are with his mistress, he soon finds his heart warming to his new wife.

Cast

Production notes

The film was the first of what was meant to be a six-film deal over three years worth £2,500,000. [4] The intention was that Flynn and Neagle would form a team along the lines of Neagle's pairing with Michael Wilding, starting with The White Witch of Rose Hall in Jamaica. [5] However this was the last of the two movies they made together.

Reception

The film was not a success. [6]

Filmink said that "at times King’s Rhapsody feels like an amateur theatre production, with the stars “acting” but with enthusiasm." [7]

In Errol Flynn: The Life and Career, Thomas McNulty noted, "Shot in CinemaScope, the colorful costumes were wonderful to look at but unfortunately the actors wearing those costumes, particularly Flynn, are wooden and unconvincing," and went on to write that he found the film "merely dull," and that "The plot is a disaster disguised as a screenplay"; [8] while Allmovie considered the film "one of the few Neagle/Wilcox failures." [2]

Release

The film disappointed at the box office. [9]

Related Research Articles

Errol Flynn Australian actor

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn was an Australian-born American actor. Considered the natural successor to Douglas Fairbanks, he achieved worldwide fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles, frequent partnerships with Olivia de Havilland, and reputation for his womanizing and hedonistic personal life. His most notable roles include the eponymous hero in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), which was later named by the American Film Institute as the 18th greatest hero in American film history, the lead role in Captain Blood (1935), Major Geoffrey Vickers in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), and the hero in a number of Westerns such as Dodge City (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), and San Antonio (1945).

Anna Neagle English stage and film actress and singer

Dame Florence Marjorie Wilcox,, known professionally as Anna Neagle, was an English stage and film actress, singer and dancer.

Finlay Currie Scottish actor

William Finlay Jefferson Currie was a Scottish actor of stage, screen, and television. He received great acclaim for his roles as Abel Magwitch in the British film Great Expectations (1946) and as Balthazar in the American film Ben-Hur (1959).

<i>Zarak</i> 1956 film by Terence Young

Zarak is a 1957 British-American CinemaScope adventure film based on the 1949 book The Story of Zarak Khan by A.J. Bevan. It was directed by Terence Young with assistance from John Gilling and Yakima Canutt. Set in the Northwest Frontier, the film stars Victor Mature, Michael Wilding, Anita Ekberg, and features Patrick McGoohan in a supporting role.

Patrice is a given name meaning noble or patrician, related to the names Patrick and Patricia.

<i>Against All Flags</i> 1952 film by George Sherman

Against All Flags is a 1952 American pirate film directed by George Sherman and Douglas Sirk and starring Errol Flynn as Brian Hawke, Maureen O'Hara as Prudence "Spitfire" Stevens and Anthony Quinn as Roc Brasiliano. The film's plot is set in 1700, when British officer Brian Hawke infiltrates a group of pirates located on Libertatia on the coast of Madagascar, and falls in love with pirate captain "Spitfire" Stevens.

Herbert Wilcox Film producer and director from Britain

Herbert Sydney Wilcox CBE, was a British film producer and director who was one of the most successful British filmmakers from the 1920s to the 1950s. He is best known for the films he made with his third wife Anna Neagle.

Kings Rhapsody musical

King's Rhapsody is a musical with book and music by Ivor Novello and lyrics by Christopher Hassall.

Patrice Wymore Actress and singer (1926-2014)

Patrice Wymore Flynn was an American film, television and stage actress of the 1950s and 1960s, known for her marriage to Errol Flynn.

<i>The Master of Ballantrae</i> (1953 film) 1953 film by William Keighley

The Master of Ballantrae is a 1953 British Technicolor adventure film starring Errol Flynn and Roger Livesey. It is a loose and highly truncated adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson 1889 novel of the same name. In eighteenth century Scotland, two sons of a laird clash over the family estate and a lady.

<i>Rocky Mountain</i> (film) 1950 western film by William Keighley

Rocky Mountain is a 1950 western film directed by William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn. It also stars Patrice Wymore, who married Flynn in 1950. The film is set near the end of the American Civil War.

<i>Goodnight, Vienna</i> 1932 film by Herbert Wilcox

Goodnight, Vienna is a 1932 British musical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Jack Buchanan, Anna Neagle and Gina Malo. Two lovers in Vienna are separated by the First World War, but are later reunited.

<i>Nell Gwynn</i> (1934 film) 1934 film by Herbert Wilcox

Nell Gwynn is a 1934 British historical drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Cedric Hardwicke, Jeanne de Casalis, Miles Malleson and Moore Marriott. The film portrays the historical romance between Charles II of England and the actress Nell Gwynn. In the opening credits, the screenplay is attributed to Miles Malleson, "in collaboration with King Charles II, Samuel Pepys and Nell Gwyn." It was also released as Mistress Nell Gwyn.

<i>Limelight</i> (1936 film) 1936 film by Herbert Wilcox

Limelight is a 1936 British musical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Arthur Tracy, Anna Neagle and Jane Winton. It was released in the U.S. as Backstage.

<i>The Dark Avenger</i> 1955 film by Henry Levin

The Dark Avenger is a 1955 British-American historical adventure film directed by Henry Levin. The screenplay was written by Daniel B. Ullman. The film stars Errol Flynn, Joanne Dru and Peter Finch. The music score is by Cedric Thorpe Davie. It is also known as The Warriors in the United States, and had a working title of The Black Prince in the United Kingdom.

<i>Trents Last Case</i> (1952 film) 1952 film by Herbert Wilcox

Trent's Last Case is a 1952 British detective film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Michael Wilding, Margaret Lockwood, Orson Welles and John McCallum. It was based on the 1913 novel Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley, and had been filmed previously in the UK with Clive Brook in 1920, and in a 1929 US version.

<i>My Teenage Daughter</i> 1956 film

My Teenage Daughter, later Teenage Bad Girl, is a 1956 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Sylvia Syms and Norman Wooland. The screenplay concerns a mother who tries to deal with her teenage daughter's descent into delinquency. It was intended as a British response to Rebel Without a Cause. It was the last commercially successful film made by Wilcox.

<i>Lilacs in the Spring</i> 1954 film by Herbert Wilcox

Lilacs in the Spring is a 1954 British musical film starring Anna Neagle and Errol Flynn. It was the first of two movies the stars made together, the other being King's Rhapsody. It was released in the US as Let's Make Up. It was the feature film debut of Sean Connery.

The Errol Flynn Theatre is an anthology series presented by Errol Flynn, who would also play the lead in every fourth show. His then-wife Patrice Wymore and son Sean also made appearances.

<i>The Story of William Tell</i> unfinished film directed by Jack Cardiff

The Story of William Tell is an unfinished film about William Tell. It starred and was produced by Errol Flynn. It commenced filming in Italy in 1953 and was meant to be the directorial debut of Jack Cardiff. It was filmed in CinemaScope. A £10,000 model town set was built near Mont Blanc.

References

  1. Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p506
  2. 1 2 "King's Rhapsody (1955) - Herbert Wilcox - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  3. Ortolano, Scott (14 December 2017). "Popular Modernism and Its Legacies: From Pop Literature to Video Games". Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN   978-1501325120 via Google Books.
  4. "Errol Flynn's Big Film Deal". The Sydney Morning Herald . National Library of Australia. 15 October 1954. p. 3. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  5. "FINCH'S BIG CHANCE IN U.K. FILM". The Sunday Times . Perth: National Library of Australia. 16 January 1955. p. 38. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  6. Harper, Sue; Porter, Vincent (2003). British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press. pp. 157–158.
  7. Vagg, Stephen (30 November 2019). "The Films of Errol Flynn: Part 5 – On the Bum, 1950-1955". Filmink.
  8. McNulty, Thomas (25 November 2014). "Errol Flynn: The Life and Career". McFarland via Google Books.
  9. Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer & Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969 p 206