Prince Valiant

Synopsis: Young Prince Valiant, son of the exiled King of Scandia, journeys to Camelot to become a knight at King Arthur's Round Table. He hopes to help his father reclaim his throne from the pagan Viking usurper Sligon and restore the Christian faith to their homeland. On his journey he stumbles upon a mysterious Black Knight plotting with Sligon's representatives to overthrow Arthur. Barely escaping with his life, Valiant encounters Sir Gawain, one of the most illustrious knights of the Round Table, and an old friend of his father's, who tutors the young Viking in the skills needed to be a knight. Valiant and Gawain's pupil-mentor relationship is complicated by their romantic involvement with Princess Aleta and her sister Ilene, daughters of the King of Ord. If Valiant is to restore his father's throne and prevent the coup d'etat against Arthur, he must uncover the true identity of the Black Knight.
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: Fox
100 min

Sir Gawain, I bring you

my mother's greetings and my father's.

They told me

you were a good friend.


When did Aguar and his queen

see me last and where?

In Scandia, a year before

they were driven into exile.

Fine prince, you turned out to be,

flinging rocks like any lowborn ruffian

I've never been unhorsed

by such a scurvy trick!

If I hadn't lost my weapon, sir,

I would have done it proper.

Don't be impertinent.

If you're King Aguar's son,

why did you fling that rock?

I thought you were the knight

who was after me.

- What knight?

- All I saw was his black armour.

The Black Knight?

You saw him?

I near had his lance in my back.

Who is he, sir?

A ghost.

- Ghosts don't chase a man in daylight.

- Right.

- But you spoke as if you knew him.

- Rumours.

Vague reports at Camelot

how a black-armoured knight

appears and vanishes at will.

I don't believe in ghosts.

Where did you see him?

- On the coast, sir.

- Can you take me to him?

We can try, sir, but after what happened,

I'm sure all the Vikings will be gone.

- Viking ships? Here?

- Yes, sir. Let me tell you what happened.

Tell me on the way.

We must lose no more time.

- I'll show you where I saw him.

- Not now.

We go to Camelot. King Arthur

must hear of this. Get that lance.

Well, can't you mount a horse

as well as you can fling rocks?

But, sir, that's where

a maiden rides.

That's right. Get on.

Stop wasting time.

You don't have to dismount

until we get there, Valiant.


That's it. Camelot.

Court of King Arthur.

Climb on.

You can't slide off downhill.

And then, sire, I dove

into the water and stayed submerged

until the Black Knight thought

that I'd drowned.

He circled the lake a few times

and then left.

I went on my way to Camelot,

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Dudley Nichols

Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter and director. more…

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