The Vagabond King (1930)


The story takes place in medieval France. Poet-rogue Francois Villon, sentenced to hang by King Louis XI for writing derogatory verses about him, is offered a temporary reprieve. His hanging will be postponed for 24 hours, and in that time he must defeat the invading Burgundians and win the love of the beautiful Katherine.

Director: Ludwig Berger & Ernst Lubitsch (uncredited).
Writers: Brian Hooker (operetta), Herman J. Mankiewicz (adaptation & additional dialogue), Justin Huntly McCarthy (play), William H. Post (operetta), R.H. Russell (novel) (uncredited).
Stars: Dennis King, Jeanette MacDonald, O.P. Heggie, Lillian Roth, Warner Oland, Arthur Stone, Tom Ricketts, Lawford Davidson, Christian J. Frank, Elda Voelkel, Dorothy Davis.

1930 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction (Hans Dreier).


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