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I Liked It
And it has the great Martin Clunes' father,Alec as one of the stars.Mr Clunes was the reason I tuned in one of the previous showings.Thought Taylor better than Ivanhoe and Knights,and agree with Keith,Taylor excels over Costner's half-baked Robin Hood!
Watch for Kay Kendalls' exquisitely funny parody
- film nut 293
Quentin Durward works best as a parody. Everyone in it seems to have gotten the joke except Robert Taylor, the director, and MGM. A pity--if everyone had been in on the joke, this might have been a comedy classic. The screenplay sets Quentin Durward up as not very bright in the films first scene. Kay Kendall has an excellent establishing scene which she plays straight, where she declares she won't be treated as a mans' chattel. She plays the rest of the film as a parody of all the "damsel-in-distress" dramas. The scene near the end where she is flitting about the castle library, crying out "the runes (rooms?) are here somewhere" (MGMs sound recording stunk) that is intercut with shots of a literally flaming battle in the belfry between Taylor and someone (symbolic bats in the belfry?) had me laughing so hard I missed the ending. Robert Morley is notably funny as Louis XI of France. When he wakes up to Taylors' dagger at his throat, Morley offers him a drink--in 1950's style crystal glasses. Kendall looks ravishing in a series of what looks to be 1950's high necked dresses with petticoats. Kendall died far too early, of tuberculosis (in 1959, I think.) Good stunt work, especially in the bats (sorry, battle) in the belfry scene. Three stars out of five for my overall rating.
Make it stop!
Robert Taylor is probably the worst actor I can think of. Why TCM keeps showing us this junk is beyond me.
TAYLOR A TRUE KNIGHT OF OLD....
- KEITH BROWN
This film was the last of Taylor's swashbucklers and it was a nice one to leave the genre with. There is color, great sets, pageantry, action, good supporting cast-and a lovely leading lady in Kay Kendall also with a sense of humor.( Sorry Taylor missed out on costarring with Grace Kelly) IVANHOE has the larger supporting cast and is very well done but QUENTIN DURWARD has its charm and the sense of humor helps the film to hit the right points. The idea that chivalry was on its way out. Granted Taylor's mid western accent does not suggest a knight of old. However Taylor's demeanor and gentleness of manner makes this role ,and his other costumers, work for me. Certainly Stewart Granger could play heroes and villains of other time periods-but Taylor had that something that made you believe in him as a knight struggling with changing times, staying true to his code and rescuing his lady fair! Personally I would take Taylor as QUENTIN DURWARD over Kevin Costner as ROBIN HOOD any day...
Grace Kelly in the Notes
- Barry Lane
Whatever Green Fire is, it is not a costume drama. So, if Kelly did not want to play in Quentin Durward that cannot be the reason.
Love this movie
Though I have seen this movie only few times, it has become one of my favorites.Robert and Kay are lovely together, and I wish they had been in more movies together.Wonderful movie for anyone who loves Classic movies!
In Three Words or Less
- Chris B.
This movie stinks. Although I have always liked Robert Taylor to some degree I do not find him believable in any period piece I have ever seen him in, including "Quo Vadis." He was a very handsome man and he did, at times, command your attention in some roles but I find his vocal inflections simply too American to be real. Taylor did come to stardom through the studio system and I have always thought they should have insisted he work with a dialect coach for these types of roles. Despite a cast that included Robert Morley, this film simply did not hit the mark.
A great discovery
- Jack Wilkinson
As a Sir Walter Scott fan I was delighted to discover this movie that I had never seen. Very enjoyable. It has a lot of tongue in cheek humor which the subject matter deserves.