If I Were King
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If I Were King
If I Were King recounts the legend of Francois Villon, previously filmed as The Beloved Rogue (1928) and musicalized on Broadway as +The Vagabond King. Ronald Colman plays Villon, renegade poet of France during the reign of King Louis XVI. The doddering, cackling Louis (marvelously portrayed by Basil Rathbone) secretly admires Villon, but can't abide the poet's irreverence and radical politics. Threatened with insurrection from the scheming Duke of Burgundy, Louis appoints Villon "king" for a day, hoping that the poet's popularity will enlist the support of the peasants.… 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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