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The Black Rose (1950)

aka The Black Rose

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Details: 116 mins · English


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The story concerns 13th-century Saxon nobleman Walter of Gurnie (Tyrone Power), who, after sparking an unsuccessful rebellion against the Norman conquerors of his homeland, sets out to seek his fortune in the Far East. His friend, an archer, Tristam Jack Hawkins) goes with him, since they are both outlaws now. Walter and Tristam seek the acquaintance of Mongol warlord Bayan (Orson Welles) and agree to fight for him. The "Black Rose" of the title is the beauteous Maryam (Cécile Aubry), a half-English girl who has escaped from Bayan's harem and is harbored by Walter and Tristam while Walter and Tristram are in service to Bayan. Maryam loves Walter but he is too interested in his adventure to pay her any attention. Tristam doesn't like all the killing and decides to get away. He takes Maryam with him, because she wants to go to England.

Bayan sends Walter on a mission to see the Empress of China. When he arrives he is told that he must stay in China as their 'guest' for the rest of his life. Then he finds Tristam and Maryam were also captured and imprisoned. During this time, Walter realizes he loves Maryam. The three of them decide to escape. Tristam dies. The small boat Maryam,(The Black Rose), is in, while waiting for Walter, drifts away before Walter can catch her. Walter returns to his native country alone.

Walter was previously denounced by his father's second wife but King Edward (Michael Rennie) felt that Walter was misjudged and said he bore him no ill-will. Therefore, Walter is welcomed back with open arms because of all the cultural and scientific wonders (including gunpowder) he has brought back from China. Then two emissaries from Bayan show up. They have brought The Black Rose to England to join Walter there, where he is knighted by King Edward. The movie ends on a happy note.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1950-09-01 : United States of America