Robert Taylor
Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
, Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
, Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Richard Thorpe


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Produced by MGM's British facilities, the Technicolor Ivanhoe starred Robert Taylor in the title role. Returning to England from the Third Crusades, Ivanhoe is given a cool but cordial reception by his estranged father Cedric (Finlay Currie), a Saxon who despises the Norman king Richard the Lionhearted. Cedric introduces Ivanhoe's fellow knights De Bois-Guilbert (George Sanders) and Sir Hugh de Bracy (Robert Douglas) to Cedric's lovely ward Rowena (Joan Fontaine), who was in love with Ivanhoe until he cast his lot with Richard. Leaving his father's castle, Ivanhoe rescues Isaac (Felix Aylmer), a wealthy Jew, from a band of anti-Semitic Normans. In gratitude, Isaac's beautiful daughter Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor) finances Ivanhoe's entry into an upcoming tournament; he'd been denied backing by his father because he'd planned to use the prize money to ransom the captured King Richard. At the tournament, the disguised Ivanhoe vanquishes all comers, dedicating his victory to Rebecca, which causes a gust of bigoted gossip from the crowd. Behind the scenes, Richard's wicked brother Prince John (Guy Rolfe) plots to discredit Ivanhoe so that the ransom can never be paid. Joining John in this conspiracy is De Bois-Guilbert, who covets Rebecca, and Sir Hugh, who wants to make Rowena his own. After several thrilling adventures and villainous double-crosses, Rebecca is kidnapped and tried as a witch, the better to bring Ivanhoe out in the open and dispose of him once and for all. But the deux-ex-machina appearance by King Richard (Norman Wooland) and the assistance of loyal "outlaw" Robin Hood (Harold Warrender) brings the bad guys to heel and clears the path for a happy ending. Lensed on an epic scale, this adaptation of the Sir Walter Scott classic remains one of MGM's most solid swashbucklers. The property was remade for television in 1982, with Anthony Andrews in the title role.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2018
UPC: 0888574662165
Original Release: 1952
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 496

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Ivanhoe
Elizabeth Taylor Rebecca
Joan Fontaine Lady Rowena
George Sanders Sir Brian Bois-de-Guilbert
Emlyn Williams Wamba (Ivanhoe's squire)
Robert Douglas Sir Hugh de Bracy
Finlay Currie Cedric
Felix Aylmer Isaac
Francis de Wolff Font De Boeuf
Norman Wooland Richard I the Lionheart
Harold Warrender Locksley
Patrick Holt Philip de Malvaisin
Roderick Lovell Ralph de Vipont
Sebastian Cabot Clerk of Copmanhurst
John Ruddock Hundebert
Michael Brennan Baldwin
Megs Jenkins Servant to Isaac
Valentine Dyall Norman Guard
Lionel Harris Roger of Bermondsley
Carl Jaffe Austrian Monk
Guy Rolfe Prince John
Basil Sydney Waldemar Fitzurse

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Frank Clarke Editor
Roger Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Howard Special Effects
Alfred Junge Art Director
Noel Langley Screenwriter
Aeneas MacKenzie Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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