The Brigand (film)

The Brigand is a 1952 romantic adventure filmed in Technicolor and directed by Phil Karlson. It is the second film that Anthony Dexter made for producer Edward Small for Columbia Pictures after his debut in Valentino.

The Brigand
Original film poster
Directed byPhil Karlson
Produced byEdward Small
Written byJesse L. Lasky, Jr.
Based ontreatment by George Bruce
novel by Alexandre Dumas
StarringAnthony Dexter
Jody Lawrance
Anthony Quinn
Music byMario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
CinematographyW. Howard Greene
Edited byJerome Thoms
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 25, 1952 (1952-06-25) (United States)
  • July 25, 1952 (1952-07-25) (New York City)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States


A rogue exile impersonates a King and a virtuous person wants to be so because he is the rightful heir to the throne.

Loosely based on The Brigand by Alexandre Dumas, the film is set in the Napoleonic era in 1804 in the mythical Iberian nation of "Mandorra". The film bears a resemblance to The Prisoner of Zenda with Dexter playing a dual role of a rogue exile who impersonates a King in danger of being overthrown by his cousin played by Anthony Quinn.

The scheming Quinn plans a "premeditated accident" to King Lorenzo by giving him a hunting weapon that is rigged to fire backwards; an idea reused by director Phil Karlson in his The Silencers. With the real King unable to perform his duties, the swashbuckling distant relative Carlos DeLago, late of the Sultan of Morocco's Guard steps in to save the Kingdom.



There is no producer credit on the film but the movie was produced by Edward Small just before he left Columbia to return to United Artists.[1] Small hired Robert Libott and Frank Burt to write the script in 1949.[2]


  1. 'Telegraph Hill' Aimed at Andrews and Prelle; Kazan Runs 'Streetcar' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 22 Dec 1949: 15.
  2. MOVIELAND BRIEFS Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 May 1949: A7.
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