Prince Valiant

  • 1954
  • Movie
  • NR
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Straight from the funny papers to the screen comes Prince Valiant, the heroic King Features Syndicate character, in the form of a young Wagner. Set in the days of King Arthur, this lavishly mounted entry has Wagner playing the son of Crisp, the King of Scandia, who is exiled when the evil and powerful Carnera assumes control. Wagner travels to Camelot in...read more

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Straight from the funny papers to the screen comes Prince Valiant, the heroic King Features Syndicate character, in the form of a young Wagner. Set in the days of King Arthur, this lavishly mounted entry has Wagner playing the son of Crisp, the King of Scandia, who is exiled when the

evil and powerful Carnera assumes control. Wagner travels to Camelot in hopes of receiving help from King Arthur, played by Aherne. En route, he overhears a plot by the Black Knight to capture Crisp and his family, imprison them in Carnera's dungeons, and overthrow Aherne. Wagner hurriedly warns

Aherne, who subsequently rewards him by making him a squire to Hayden. Mason, another of Aherne's Knights of the Round Table, also makes a request for Wagner's services. As a pupil of Hayden's, Wagner learns how to handle a sword and quickly becomes a valuable asset to Camelot. Impressed with his

derring-do, princess Leigh falls completely in love with "Val," as Wagner soon comes to be known. Wagner receives a request for assistance from his father, and quickly rides off to help. Along the way, however, he is ambushed by the Black Knight who he discovers is Mason in disguise. Wagner and

Leigh are carted off to Scandia and reunited with Crisp--in one of Carnera's dungeon cells. Wagner cannot be stopped that easily and soon escapes. He gets help from McLaglen and his loyal Viking followers, who help him storm the castle. Leigh is rescued as Wagner burns the castle to a cinder. On

his safe return to Camelot, Wagner exposes Mason as the villain and, after an athletic, exciting sword battle, kills him. Looked upon as a brilliant hero, Wagner is knighted by Aherne and receives the hand of Leigh. One of a handful of medieval knights-in-armor films, PRINCE VALIANT met

competition from THE BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH (which costarred Leigh with then husband Tony Curtis) and KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. Originally, PRINCE VALIANT was to star Curtis opposite Leigh, but Wagner, in his first lead role, was chosen instead.

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