The Vagabond King (1956 film)

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The Vagabond King
Film Poster
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Pat Duggan
Written by Ken Englund
Brian Hooker (book of stage musical)
Noel Langley
Starring Kathryn Grayson
Oreste Kirkop
Rita Moreno
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Walter Hampden
Leslie Nielsen
Music by Rudolf Friml (Operetta)
Johnny Burke
Brian Hooker
Cinematography Robert Burks
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • August 29, 1956 (1956-08-29)
Running time
86 Min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.4 million (US)[1]

The Vagabond King is a 1956 musical film adaptation of the 1925 operetta The Vagabond King by Rudolf Friml. It starred Kathryn Grayson and Oreste Kirkop, with early roles for Rita Moreno and Leslie Nielsen. Sir Cedric Hardwicke played a notable supporting role. It was Kathryn Grayson's and Walter Hampden's last movie. Hampden, who played King Louis XI, died more than a year before its release. Mary Grant designed the film's costumes.


In fifteenth century France, the irreverent beggar François Villon (tenor Oreste Kirkop) is crowned "king for a day" by King Louis XI (Walter Hampden). He patriotically rallies his fellow beggars to fight when Paris is invaded by the Burgundians. Kathryn Grayson stars as the high-born heroine, and Rita Moreno as the lusty low-born wench, whose love for Villon eventually costs her life.



Music composed by Rudolf Friml, lyrics by Johnny Burke unless otherwise indicated.

danced by ballet dancers at the King's Court

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  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957

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