If I Were King
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If I Were King
If I Were King is a delightful costume adventure tale set in 14th century France, during the reign of Louis XI, and inspired by the legend of the rebel poet François Villon, whose exploits were filmed earlier as The Beloved Rogue (1927) with John Barrymore, and later transformed into the musical The Vagabond King on Broadway and onscreen. The movie opens with Paris surrounded by the forces of the Duke of Burgundy, whose armies have laid siege to the city in hopes of starving out King Louis XI (Basil Rathbone, in a riveting performance), a wily, cruel monarch who distrusts all around him --… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sharply written by Preston Sturges and well acted by Basil Rathbone, this commercially popular swashbuckler was nominated for four Oscars."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Colman is without peer in his portrayal of the famous French poet and ne'er-do-well Francois Villon."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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