Set in medieval period England, BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH is the story of Myles Falworth, (Curtis) a peasant raised without ever knowing who his real father was. He goes to Mackworth castle to become a knight and regain his birthright. There he falls hopelessly in love with the Mackworth’s daughter Anne, (Leigh.) Their relationship leaves him very unpopular amongst the castle’s inhabitants, jeopardizing his ultimate goal; to bear the black shield Falworth. Based on the novel MEN OF IRON by Howard Pyle. —dvdbeaver.com
Rudolph Maté (1898-1964) became an assistant cameraman for Alexander Korda in Hungarian films of the late teens. In the mid ‘20s he lensed some of Carl Dreyer’s Mika’l, and became cinematographer for Dreyer’s classics La Passion De Jeanne D’Arc and Vampyr. After working in France on Fritz Lang’s Liliom and Rene Clair’s Le Dernier Milliardaire, Mate came to Hollywood in 1935. Here he shot such notable films as Our Relations with Laurel and Hardy, William Wyler’s Dodsworth, Alfred Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent, Korda’s That Hamilton Woman, and Lubitsch’s To Be Or Not to Be. Mate began directing in 1947 with the comedy It Had to Be You, which he co-directed with Don Hartman. As a director Mate is most fondly remembered for his early films, the noirs The Dark Past and D.O.A., and producer George Pal’s apocalyptic science-fictioner When Worlds Collide. —allmovie guide
There is an often duplicated mistake in the credits. Joseph Gershenson didn´t wrote the music for this film, he was only the music supervisor at Universal. Like many other Universal movies of that era, the film´s score was composed by several composers, in this case Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner and Herman Stein (all of them uncredited).
Over the weekend My Lovely Wife and I attended a delightful barbecue in scenic Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The hosts and most of the guests