Lady Godiva of Coventry
|Lady Godiva of Coventry|
Theatrical release poster by Reynold Brown
|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||Robert Arthur|
|Written by||Harry Ruskin
|Based on||story by Oscar Brodney|
|Music by||Hans J. Salter|
|Edited by||Paul Weatherwax|
|Running time||89 minutes|
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'.
- Maureen O'Hara as Lady Godiva
- George Nader as Lord Leofric
- Victor McLaglen: Grimald
- Rex Reason: Harold
- Torin Thatcher: Lord Godwin
- Eduard Franz as King Edward
- Leslie Bradley: Comte Eustace
- Arthur Shields: Innkeeper
- Robert Warwick: Humbert
- Arthur Gould-Porter: Thorold
- Grant Withers: Pendar
- Anthony Eustrel: Prior
- Kathryn Givney : An Abbess
- Sim Iness: Oswin
- Thayer Roberts: William, Duke of Normandy
- Alec Harford: Tom the Tailor
- Clint Eastwood as First Saxon
- 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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