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The Black Arrow (film)

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The Black Arrow
Theatrical poster
Directed byGordon Douglas
Produced byEdward Small
Grant Whytock
Screenplay byRichard Schayer
David P. Sheppard
Thomas Sellar
Based onThe Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses by Robert Louis Stevenson
StarringLouis Hayward
Janet Blair
Music byPaul Sawtell
CinematographyCharles Lawton Jr.
Edited byJerome Thoms
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 30, 1948 (1948-06-30)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1 million[1]

The Black Arrow is a 1948 American adventure film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Louis Hayward and Janet Blair.[2] It is an adaptation of the 1888 novel of the same title by Robert Louis Stevenson.


A knight returns home after the War of the Roses (1455–1487) and discovers that his evil uncle has murdered his father.



In 1947 Edward Small signed a contract with Columbia to make two films, The Black Arrow and D'Artagnan, the Kingmaker, an adaptation of one of the sequels to The Three Musketeers.[3] Only the former was made but Small made a number of other swashbucklers for Columbia.

Filming started 6 June 1947.[4]

The film uses leftover sets from The Swordsman (1948) and costumes and cast from The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946).[5]


Reviews were positive.[further explanation needed][6][7]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ The Black Arrow at Turner Classic Movies
  3. ^ Schallert, Edwin. (Apr 3, 1947). "DRAMA AND FILM: Babe Ruth Biography Glimmers as Cinema". Los Angeles Times. p. 7.
  4. ^ Schallert, Edwin. (May 1, 1947). "DRAMA AND FILM: Hay-ward Picked to Star in War of Roses Story". Los Angeles Times. p. A3.
  5. ^ Jeffrey Richards, Swordsmen of the Screen, p 104-105
  6. ^ Scheuer, Philip K. (Aug 13, 1948). "'Black Arrow' 15th Century Melodrama". Los Angeles Times. p. 14.
  7. ^ A.W.. (Oct 4, 1948). "Louis Hayward Stars in Stevenson Story". New York Times. p. 14.
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