In the center of this Walter Scott classic fiction inspired movie the chivalrousness and the daring stand. Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe (Robert Taylor), the disowned knight join to the bravehearted and high-minded Robin of Locksley (Harold Warrender), the valiant of Sherwood Forest. They want King Richard (Norman Wooland) to rule the kingdom instead of evil Prince John (Guy Rolfe).
A fascinating adventure movie
This film is a respectable adaptation of Scott’s Waverley novel, full of passion and pageantry, knights templar and damsels fair. George Sanders makes a delicious villain Bois Gilbert. Robert Taylor’s Hollywood accent seems a bit out of place, but the film is primarily visual and succeeds on a cinematographic level. The dramatic Elizabeth Taylor plays a sweet Rebecca.
Icon Joan Fontaine, looking here much like her sister Olivia De Havilland (of “Gone with the Wind” and “Robin Hood” fame), is a stately, refined Rowena. Tournaments, courtly love, and hand to hand combat abound. This is classic 50’s epic drama at its best.