King Arthur in Hollywood

Prince Valiant  (1954)  VHS

Prince Valiant DVD

Dudley Nichols' script attempts to bring Hal Foster's famed comic-strip hero to the big screen. Henry Hathaway directs this 1954 film starring Robert Wagner in the title role The Scandinavian prince arrives at the court of King Arthur (Brian Aherne) determined to restore his family honor and throne. Under the tutelage of Sir Gawain (Sterling Hayden), he becomes a Knight of the Round Table. Valiant fights the Black Knight (James Mason), saves Arthur's kingdom, and falls in love with Princess Aleta (Janet Leigh). A lot of action and spirit but as always, the purists screamed that it was not Foster's Valiant. But quite enjoyable. Some claim that even though the film was more worldly and failed to follow Foster's strip, it did seem to affect Foster's later work. The music of Franz Waxman captures all the varied moods from humor to tragedy to triumph.

Prince Valiant (1997) VHS

An updated version with Valiant (Stephen Moyer) as a young knight in charge of protecting a lovely princess (Katherine Heigl). Throw in a complication. Excalibur has been stolen by Vikings and Morgan Le Fey needs someone of royal birth to dislodge it from the stone it has become trapped in, our hero Valiant. Add in a dwarf that gets catapulted, Chinese fireworks, a Viking harem, accents that come and go, and some really B Class effects and you have Prince Valiant.

Prince Valiant in the Infopedia Section