The Exile (1947)

Charles II (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), the rightful heir to the kingdom, is driven from his country by militants working for rogue leader Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658). Charles ends up in the Netherlands, where he falls for local beauty Katie (Rita Corday) and spends his days happily in the quiet countryside. Unfortunately, Cromwell’s associate Col. Ingram (Henry Daniell) and his men track Charles down, and the would-be monarch must resort to swashbuckling his way to freedom.

Release date: October 17, 1947.
Starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Corday, Maria Montez, Nigel Bruce, Robert Coote, Henry Daniell.
Directed by Max Ophuls.

Copyright: Film in Public Domain.

*One of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films.


35 Replies to “The Exile (1947)”

  1. A rare film indeed and the first time in 70 years to enjoy this movie so thank you ! According to film historian, Jeffrey Richards, there is a beautiful sepia print which is much better than the black and white one. The director had a limited budget and the settings are highly stylised and all studio bound, but it has a romantic swashbuckling charm with some fine camerawork. Fairbanks is well placed against Henry Daniell`s superby cold, ascetic Colonel Ingram.

  2. I think that I liked the second version, "I want nothing". Max Ophüls did a great job directing – I loved those long scenes using all the sets, which were fantastic to see. Fairbanks said that he had wished it would have been in color, but they didn't have the money for it – I think B&W was the way to go. I think color would have cheapened it all and made the sets look more Disney like. That was a fun film.

  3. it actually seems like a movie more fitting to 1937. and the European ending is much better.

    he was a great in the Prisoner of Zenda, a far better movie.

  4. Thoroughly enjoyable Movie. The only thing I can add to the well deserved praise for this film from everyone, is that from a film making point of view; I was impressed by that pan shot that starts @1:09:50 and finishes @1:10:20. That shot added another layer to the tension of the chase, and also helped create a greater sense of scale to the scene. Thankyou one and all for these uploads.

  5. How is that Maria Montez gets top billing even though she only had a small part in the movie…….. Well Douglas Fairbanks Jr did write & produce the movie, and Maria Montez would do anything for attention

  6. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was a real life hero to boot. He also lived a long and fruitful life and had only three wives, the first of whom, Joan Crawford, was a star in her own right, and the second of whom died after 49 years of marriage. A very unique man.

  7. This was a fun film, thank you.I did not know that he had the talent of writing as well and that he really was witty and funny. I knew he was a good actor and an excellent fencer, but this was a nice surprise. Of course, historically it is absolute nonsense, but that takes nothing away from the entertainment it offers.

  8. DF jr must've had no ego, nor worshipped himself, it is his production, he has the starring role and has himself listed as: "With". And is listed last in the credits.

  9. I have always been a fan of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. And had thought I had seen every movie he ever made. But apparently I miss one, this one. Loved it, thanks for up loading it. He was one of the great ones.

  10. I've never seen Jr. acting so silent-movie-like (or shall I say father-like?) as in this production.
    Personnally, I prefere his more natural acting performances – nevertheless a very charming picture indeed!

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