Lady Godiva of Coventry

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For the 1951 British comedy film, see Lady Godiva Rides Again.
Lady Godiva of Coventry
Theatrical release poster by Reynold Brown
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by Harry Ruskin
Oscar Brodney
Based on story by Oscar Brodney
Starring Maureen O'Hara
George Nader
Victor McLaglen
Rex Reason
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Carl Guthrie
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Release dates
  • November 2, 1955 (1955-11-02)
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lady Godiva of Coventry is an American historical drama film, directed by Arthur Lubin and released in 1955. It starred Maureen O'Hara in the title role. English actor Alec Harford who portrayed Tom the Tailor died eight months before the film's release.


The movie is set in 11th-Century England. King Edward the Confessor (Eduard Franz) wants Saxon Lord Leofric (George Nader), who rules Coventry, to marry a Norman woman, Yolanda. When he refuses, he is sentenced to jail, where he meets Godiva (Maureen O'Hara), the sheriff's sister. The two fall in love and soon they are wed. The times are turbulent and Godiva proves a militant bride; unhistorically, unrest between the Anglo-Saxon populace and the increasingly influential Norman French led to her famous ride.

The plot is quite notable by the striking leadership qualities of the Maureen O'Hara role. Released in 1955, late in the epoch of this style of historical adventure there are some playful subtleties, a touching opportunity to see the 69 year old McLaglen in a competent action role. and a very striking example of an archery 'trick-shot'.



Jeff Chandler was originally announced as male star.[1]

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  1. ^ Boss Plans to Keep Jeff Hopping Parsons, Louella. The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 10 July 1954: 6.

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