The Black Rose Overview:

The Black Rose (1950) was a Adventure - Film Adaptation Film directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Louis D. Lighton.


The heroic saga of Walter of Gurnie, a rebellious Saxon nobleman chased from thirteenth-century Norman England. Walter and his partner, the expert bowman, Tristram, head for the Far East and travel to the court of Kublai Khan in the company of the Warlord Bayan. They soon realize they are merely well-kept prisoners and attempt to escape with Bayan's gift to Khan, the concubine Maryam, who has fallen in love with Walter. Welles was reportedly a pill on the set, as his attentions were diverted to developing his Othello. But curious to see him in a costume epic.

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Academy Awards 1950 --- Ceremony Number 23 (source: AMPAS)

Best Costume DesignMichael WhittakerNominated

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Tristram Griffin: I was thinking about going with you.
Walter of Gurnie: To Cathay?
Tristram Griffin: Well, where's that?
Walter of Gurnie: Well, it's a long way from your forest.
Tristram Griffin: Well, maybe Sarah would like it there.
Walter of Gurnie: Now, don't talk too lightly about it, Tris,. If we should go to such a place, the chances are all you'll get out of it is that, in the end, you'll be hung by a Mongol instead of a Norman.
Tristram Griffin: Well, if it comes to that, I'd sooner give the pleasure to somebody I don't know than a Norman I hate.
Walter of Gurnie: A far land it is then. I guess this is the beginning.

Walter of Gurnie: [after the battle] I saw you at the beginning. You and your bowman against those fire tubes.
Tristram Griffin: They sounded like the anger of God! I think perhaps they were! They're killing every man, woman, and child in the district like harvesters through a field of grain! They pull their heads forward by the hair for the ax. Not one left alive! Like harvesters cutting wheat!

Bayan: Well, it's worth something to be willing to die for something.

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According to Rich Little, the voice of Alfonso Bedoya was dubbed by Peter Sellers.
Leslie Caron was offered the role of Maryam, which was eventually given to C├ęcile Aubry.
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