The Black Shield of Falworth

Synopsis: Technicolor and tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles of Crisby Dale, and his sister Meg, have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of their father's true identity. They are sent Mackworth Castle by their foster father with a letter to Lord Mackworth, urging him to take in Myles and Meg as wards. There, Myles is smitten with Mackworth's daughter, Lady Anne, incurs the enmity of the chief knight-in-training, and is assigned by Lord Mackworth to train for knighthood, himself so that he may claim his birthright and assist Mackworth and the stalwart Prince Hal in defeating the evil Duke of Alban, who plots to usurp King Henry's throne.
Director(s): Rudolph Maté
Production: Universal Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.5
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Year:
1954
99 min
34 Views

Your Majesty!

A mild seizure.

It will pass.

We better return to thy castle sire.

No, Lord Alban.

I'll not spoil the day's sport.

I'll return alone.

- But sire...

- Continue the hunt Lord Alban.

His Majesty's seizures

come more often.

- Is it wise to encourage his hunting?

- It was his own wish.

Should he die,

Prince Hal would rule.

Prince Hal would rule

his wine bottles and his tailors.

The Council would still rule England.

And the Earl of Alban

rules the Council.

Myles, Diccon, be quick now.

The Earl of Alban is riding this way.

Hurry lad, into the hayloft.

Unless you've decided

you'd like to become a soldier.

I wouldn't mind soldiering

for England,

but not for the Earl of Alban.

His Lordship commands you to fetch

water for himself and his guests.

At once your Lordship.

Cool water from the well.

After a morning's hunt a flagon

of wine would sit better than water.

You'd not stomach the witch's brew

my peasants call wine.

I won't say the same

for their wenches.

Seems Sir Robert doesn't intend

to come up empty handed after all.

Run Meg. Run!

So her favors are saved for you.

Peasant clod!

She's my sister.

You insolent young swine.

Break it down!

Thanks to Sir Robert

there's added zest to the day.

A cask of my best Spanish wine to

the man who hunts down the peasant.

Meg!

Meg!

- Diccon. They'll kill him.

- They'll not catch him.

He'll lost them in the forest

and go to Friar Edward.

Get your belongings and Myles.

We best be away before they return.

Good evening.

We found this horse nearby.

We seek the rider.

A peasant boy, dark haired.

At mass today I saw fully

20 peasant boys with dark hair.

- Are any about now?

- Mass has been over for many hours.

But should you wish

to come in and pray

the chapel is open.

We have no time. Sooner or later

he'll return to the cottage.

We'll be waiting.

Let them wait.

We'll make our way north.

We'll find other land to farm.

Your father never intended you

to be a farmer Myles.

Nor Meg a farmer's wife.

What we'd planned for a year hence

we must do now.

In the morning Diccon will take you

to the Earl of Nlackwonh.

This letter was entrusted to me

by your father.

It will remind Nlackworth

of an old friendship,

and ask him to take

you both into his service.

Now you know why you were taught

the reading, writing and Latin.

You go to the household

of a great noble.

If the scum who rode with Alban

is a sample of your nobility,

I'd rather stay away from them.

You will find a different breed

in Nlackworth Castle.

- Was this also left by my father?

- The ring is to remain with me.

Was this my father's?

That ring has been hidden for

many years and it best remain hidden.

You always told us that you

served in the wars with my father.

This coat of arms belonged

to no common soldier.

Diccon, please tell us now.

Who was our father?

Diccon was sworn never to tell you,

as was I.

It will avail you nothing

to question us further.

Leave the ring.

Since it was my father's

it is now mine to keep.

If you're seen with that ring

it could mean your death.

I promise to hide it well

until I learn its meaning.

Meg is weary and

we've got a long ride tomorrow.

You said it was a great castle,

but oh I had no idea.

- It's bigger than our Crispy-Dale.

- It will afford you better shelter.

Help me. Stop him please.

- Let me up.

- Stay as you are.

- Walter.

- Let me up you oaf.

My Lady.

Forgive me. It seems so strange.

I'll lash that peasant skin

to ribbons.

Walter no! I asked him for help.

He thought he was saving me.

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Oscar Brodney

Oscar Brodney (February 18, 1907 – February 12, 2008) was an American lawyer-turned-screenwriter. He is best known for his long association with Universal Studios, where his credits included Harvey, The Glenn Miller Story (1954), several Francis movies and the Tammy series. more…

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