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Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)





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In one of his rare visits to his home turf, British actor David Niven essayed the title role in Bonnie Prince Charlie. The film's principal challenge was to transform 18th-century Scottish Prince Charles into a sympathetic character, which, patriotism aside, he most decidedly was not in real life. The court-intrigue scenes are the weakest aspect of the film; the strongest moments take place on the battlefield, where Charles "the pretender" and his followers face down the battalions of King George II (Martin Miller). Even in defeat, Charles is the victor, successfully eluding his British pursuers and escaping to France. Filmed in Technicolor at a cost of $4 million, Bonnie Prince Charlie fell with a thud when it premiered at a kidney-busting 140 minutes. Subsequent reissues were cut by as many as 40 minutes, and some were economically reprocessed in black-and-white. Thanks to constant exposure on American television, this notorious flop finally posted a profit in the late 1950s.


David Niven
as Prince Charles
Jack Hawkins
as Lord George Murray
Margaret Leighton
as Flora MacDonald
Judy Campbell
as Clementine Walkinshaw
Finlay Currie
as Marquis of Tullibardine
Elwyn Brook-Jones
as Duke of Cumberland
John Laurie
as Blind Jamie
Guy le Feuvre
as Cameron of Lochiel
Hector Ross
as Glenalandale
Hugh Kelly
as Lt. Ingleby
Charles Goldner
as Capt. Ferguson
Henry Oscar
as James II
Martin Miller
as George II
Franklin Dyall
as Macdonald
Herbert Lomas
as Kinloch Moidart
Ronald Adam
as Macleod
John Longden
as Capt. O'Sullivan
James Hayter
as Kingsburgh
Julien Mitchell
as Gen. Cope
Guy le Feuve
as Cameron of Lochiel
Stuart Lindsell
as MacDonald of Apridale
Simon Lack
as Young Alan of Moidart
Tommy Duggan
as Clanranald
G.H. Mulcaster
as Duke of Newcastle
Kenneth Warrington
as Staff officer
Nell Ballantyne
as Mrs. Kingsburgh
Patricia Fox
as Annie Kingsburgh
Anthony Holles
as Col. Warren
Molly Rankin
as Lady Margaret MacDonald
John Rae
as Duncan
Jane Gill Davies
as Lady Graham
Louise Gainsborough
as Madame d'Epoiles
Edward Lexy
as Lachlan
Bruce Seton
as Allan Macrae
Antony Holles
as Col. Warren
Mark Daly
as Ian MacQueen
Jean Stuart
as Elspeth Patterson
Blanche Fothergill
as Mary MacQueen
Alan Judd
as Stewart of Ardshiel
Tom Duggan
as Clanranald
Fred Hearn
as Aeneas MacDonald
Bill Allison
as Sir Francis Strickland
Charles Cullum
as Sir John MacDonald
Norman Maitland
as John Murray
Harry Schofield
as Rev. George Kelly
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The stimulating possibilities offered by Scotland's gallant Young Pretender are only feebly exploited in this garrulous screenplay starring David Niven.

December 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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