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Ivanhoe Details


Produced by MGM's British facilities, the Technicolor 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 31, 1952


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Freddie Young Best Color Cinematography 1952 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Miklos Rozsa Best Original Score 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miklos Rozsa Best Drama or Comedy Score 1952 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Richard Thorpe Best Director 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pandro S. Berman Best Picture 1952 Nominee


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


Richard Thorpe
Pandro S. Berman
Noel Langley
Aeneas MacKenzie
Freddie Young
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Junge
Art Director
Roger Furse
Costume Designer