The Swordsman

The Swordsman

Director: Lumsden Hare, Joseph H. Lewis Cast: Larry Parks, Ellen Drew

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Overview

Capitalizing on Larry Parks' "overnight" success in The Jolson Story, Columbia Pictures rushed their hottest new star from one picture to another, whether he was suited to the role or not. In The Swordsman, Parks makes a valiant stab at swashbucklery, playing an 18th-century Scottish aristocrat named Alexander MacArden. The plot revolves around the "forbidden" romance between Alexander and Barbara Glowan (Ellen Drew) of the hated Glowan clan. Managing to effect a truce between the MacArdens and the Glowans, Alexander has his hands full when a couple of hot-headed clansmen starts up the feud all over again. Full-scale warfare explodes between the rival families, but so long as Alexander has his wits about him and a sword in his sheath, the audience can be assured that he'll straighten things out by the ninth reel. Famed dancer-choreographer Marc Platt is uncomfortably cast as a pugnacious member of the Glowan clan, moving one critic to postulate that Columbia must have had a grudge against Platt. The Swordsman was directed by Joseph H. Lewis, who'd previously helmed the production numbers in The Jolson Story.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/20/2010
UPC: 0043396372856
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Larry Parks Alexander MacArden
Ellen Drew Barbara Glowan
George Macready Robert Glowan
Edgar Buchanan Angus MacArden
Ray Collins Mac-Ian
Marc Platt Murdoch Glowan
Michael Duane Colin Glowan
Holmes Herbert Lord Glowan
Ned Young Bruce Glowan
Robert Shayne Ronald MacArden
Billy Bevan Old Andrew
Lumsden Hare Rev. Douglas
Tom Stevenson Gordon Glowan
Harry Allen Charles

Technical Credits
Lumsden Hare Director
Joseph H. Lewis Director
Al Clark Editor
Sidney Clifford Set Decoration/Design
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Burt Kelly Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilbur Menefee Set Decoration/Design
Wilfred H. Pettit Screenwriter
William Snyder Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Leslie Thomas Art Director

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