The Black Arrow (1948)

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Young nobleman Richard Shelton returns from the War of the Roses to find his father murdered, a fugitive family friend blamed, and his uncle occupying his estates.



  • Louis Hayward in The Black Arrow (1948)
  • Louis Hayward in The Black Arrow (1948)
  • Louis Hayward in The Black Arrow (1948)
  • Paul Cavanagh and Louis Hayward in The Black Arrow (1948)
  • Janet Blair and Louis Hayward in The Black Arrow (1948)
  • George Macready in The Black Arrow (1948)

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7 October 2014 | bkoganbing
| Most foul means
The Black Arrow casts Louis Hayward as the son of a noble family returned from the War Of The Roses where he's fought for the Yorkist side which has just gained the crown again at Tewksbury. But there's trouble at home where his greedy uncle George MacReady has obtained the estate of Lancastrian Paul Cavanaugh by most foul means including the stabbing death of Hayward's father Russell Hicks which we see in flashback.

Hayward has to take to the forest where legends of Robin Hood abound and he gathers his own group of merry men. In Cavanaugh's daughter Janet Blair, Hayward has his own Maid Marian whom MacReady wants to marry and solidify his hold on now both Hayward's and Cavanaugh's holdings. That would make him a most powerful baron indeed.

Of some interest here is MacReady's patron the Duke of Glouscester who as we know later became Richard III. He's played here by Lowell Gilmore, most ambiguously.

As for how this works out the ending was used again in MGM's far bigger budgeted production of Ivanhoe a few years later.

Hayward who played a variety of roles and well is most identified with the costume swashbuckler. Although he could be a charming heel in many films, he's a straight Black Arrow hero in this one. Those fond of the genre will have little reason for complaint.

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