The Sword And The Rose

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The Sword And The Rose (1953 Movie)

“The Sword and the Rose” is a captivating Disney historical drama released in 1953, directed by Ken Annakin. The film is based on the novel “When Knighthood Was in Flower” by Charles Major.

Set in the 16th century during the reign of King Henry VIII of England, the story follows the adventures of Mary Tudor, the younger sister of the king, portrayed by Glynis Johns. Mary falls in love with a commoner named Charles Brandon, played by Richard Todd, against the wishes of her brother, who wants her to marry the elderly King Louis XII of France for political reasons.

Determined to marry for love, Mary disguises herself as a commoner and elopes with Charles, which leads to a series of romantic and adventurous escapades. The couple faces numerous obstacles and dangers while trying to maintain their forbidden love.

“The Sword and the Rose” captures the opulence and intrigue of the Tudor court, with lavish costumes and impressive set designs. The film skillfully balances historical drama with a touch of romance and swashbuckling action, creating a delightful blend of excitement and emotion.

Glynis Johns delivers a stellar performance as the headstrong and spirited Princess Mary, while Richard Todd portrays Charles Brandon with charm and valor. The chemistry between the two leads adds depth to the narrative, making their love story the heart of the film.

With its engaging storyline, authentic period details, and strong character development, “The Sword and the Rose” remains a beloved classic among Disney live-action films. It offers a glimpse into the historical tapestry of the Tudor era while celebrating the enduring power of love and the courage to follow one’s heart.

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  • Year Released: 1953
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $1 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Glynis Johns: Mary Tudor
  • James Robertson Justice: King Henry VIII
  • Richard Todd: Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk
  • Michael Gough: Duke of Buckingham
  • Jane Barrett: Lady Margaret
  • Peter Copley: Sir Edwin Caskoden
  • Ernest Jay: Lord Chamberlain
  • Jean Mercure: Louis XII
  • D. A. Clarke-Smith: Cardinal Wolsey
  • Gérard Oury: Dauphin of France
  • Fernand Fabre: DeLongueville
  • Gaston Richer: Antoine Duprat
  • Rosalie Crutchley: Queen Katherine
  • Bryan Coleman: Earl of Surrey
  • Helen Goss: Princess Claude


  • Director: Ken Annakin
  • Producers: Walt disney and Perce Pearce
  • Writers: Lawrence Watkin, and Charles Major

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