The Exile (1947)

89 or 94-95 mins | Drama | November 1947

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HISTORY

Although Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is listed above the title in the opening credits, he is listed last in the end cast credits. The film opens with the following written and spoken prologue: "The Year of Our Lord, 1660...There dwelt in this house Britain's wandering young king, Charles Stuart, exiled by the 'Roundheads' of the tyrant, Cromwell...Neglected by all--Save a few cavaliers...Forgotten by all--Save his people." Charles II of England was born in London on 29 May 1630. As the eldest surviving son of Charles I, he went into exile at The Hague, the Netherlands, during the era of the Protectorate led by Oliver Cromwell and assumed the title of king upon the execution of his father in 1649. In Jan 1651, Charles accepted the Scottish crown and led an army of 10,000 against the forces of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England. In Sep 1651, Charles's forces were routed in Worcester and he fled to France. Upon the death of Cromwell in 1658 and the succession of his son Richard as Lord Protector, a new demand for a return to the monarchy led to Charles's restoration to the throne and his return to England on 26 May 1660. Charles was crowned on 23 Apr 1661 and continued to reign until his death on 6 Feb 1665, at which time he was succeeded by his brother James II.
       The Exile marked the first film by Fairbanks, Jr.'s new independent production company, as well as the feature film debut of actress Paule Croset. Though Fairbanks, Jr., whose onscreen credit reads "written and produced by," received the only screenwriting credit for The Exile , HR ... More Less

Although Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is listed above the title in the opening credits, he is listed last in the end cast credits. The film opens with the following written and spoken prologue: "The Year of Our Lord, 1660...There dwelt in this house Britain's wandering young king, Charles Stuart, exiled by the 'Roundheads' of the tyrant, Cromwell...Neglected by all--Save a few cavaliers...Forgotten by all--Save his people." Charles II of England was born in London on 29 May 1630. As the eldest surviving son of Charles I, he went into exile at The Hague, the Netherlands, during the era of the Protectorate led by Oliver Cromwell and assumed the title of king upon the execution of his father in 1649. In Jan 1651, Charles accepted the Scottish crown and led an army of 10,000 against the forces of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England. In Sep 1651, Charles's forces were routed in Worcester and he fled to France. Upon the death of Cromwell in 1658 and the succession of his son Richard as Lord Protector, a new demand for a return to the monarchy led to Charles's restoration to the throne and his return to England on 26 May 1660. Charles was crowned on 23 Apr 1661 and continued to reign until his death on 6 Feb 1665, at which time he was succeeded by his brother James II.
       The Exile marked the first film by Fairbanks, Jr.'s new independent production company, as well as the feature film debut of actress Paule Croset. Though Fairbanks, Jr., whose onscreen credit reads "written and produced by," received the only screenwriting credit for The Exile , HR news items state that the credits, at one time, were to be issued to Clemence Dane and "Thomas Elton," Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.'s pseudonym, which was then being used by Fairbanks, Jr. The Exile was the first American film to be directed by noted French director Max Opuls. According to modern sources, the exiled Opuls had lived in Hollywood for four idle years, having only worked briefly on the Howard Hughes production Vendetta (See Entry). With World War II over, Opuls was told by fellow director Robert Siodmak that he needed to make at least one Hollywood film before returning to Europe "or else no one will have confidence in you." Siodmak, who had just directed Universal's The Killers (See Entry), then arranged for Opuls to meet with studio executives and, within a week, he was hired to direct The Exile .
       The picture was also the final Universal film for actress Maria Montez, as the studio had failed to exercise its option on her contract earlier in the year, according to NYT . Upon the completion of the film, a legal squabble broke out between the actress and the studio, because both Montez and Fairbanks, Jr. had clauses in their contracts stating that no one could be billed above them. According to HR news items, the litigation reached the federal courts in Dec 1947, at which time the two parties agreed to an out-of-court settlement: in return for Montez removing her restraining order, she received top billing on the title credits, but second billing in pressbooks. HR production charts and news items include Dorothy Hart, Michele Haley and Janna DeLoss in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Oct 1947.
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Daily Variety
15 Oct 47
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Oct 47
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 47
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 47
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Apr 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 47
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 47
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Dec 47
p. 9.
Independent Film Journal
24 May 47
p. 51.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Oct 47
p. 3893.
New York Times
27 Jul 1947.
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New York Times
26 Dec 47
p. 22.
Variety
15 Oct 47
p. 10.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
And introducing
Paule Croset
Ben H. Wright
Lester Mathews
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
Gowns for Miss Montez
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog
DANCE
Action seq des by
MAKEUP
Wigs and hair styling
Makeup
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the novel His Majesty, the King: Being the Chronicle of Certain Hours, in the Ill-Starred Life of Charles the Second of England, During the Period of His Exile in Flanders with Those of the Faithful That Fled from the Despot, Oliver Cromwell, the Which Have Received of on Account in the History of His Time by Cosmo Hamilton (New York, 1926).
DETAILS
Release Date:
November 1947
Production Date:
late April--mid July 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
8 March 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1674
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
sepia
Duration(in mins):
89 or 94-95
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Living in exile in Holland in 1660, British monarch Charles Stuart learns that a group of "Roundheads," followers of the current British ruler Oliver Cromwell, have been sent across the English Channel to assassinate him. Charles, however, is more interested in attractive farm girl Katie than his personal safety. Later, Charles receives a coded message requesting his return to England to lead a revolt, but refuses to return unless he is called by his people, not a few select followers. After Charles is finally convinced by his top advisor, Sir Edward Hyde, to go into hiding in the country, he makes his way to Katie's farm, where he accepts work as a farm hand. With revolution at England's doorstep, the Roundheads send the notorious Colonel Ingram to Holland to kill the exiled king. Meanwhile, Dick Pinner, an actor, arrives at Katie's farm impersonating Charles, who then makes arrangement for the impostor's lodging at Katie's inn. As word that the "king" is staying at the inn spreads, the French Countess Anbella and her entourage arrive to visit her old friend. The countess immediately recognizes Pinner as a fake, but as she prepares to leave, she sees Charles and sets up a late-night meeting with him. Anbella gives him a music box, a gift from the French king, which Charles later sells to pay Katie's debts to her cousin Jan. Katie, however, sees Charles with the countess, and jealously orders him to leave, only to learn later from Anbella what he has done. Charles and Katie are then reunited, but their happiness is quickly interrupted by the arrival of Ingram at the ... +


Living in exile in Holland in 1660, British monarch Charles Stuart learns that a group of "Roundheads," followers of the current British ruler Oliver Cromwell, have been sent across the English Channel to assassinate him. Charles, however, is more interested in attractive farm girl Katie than his personal safety. Later, Charles receives a coded message requesting his return to England to lead a revolt, but refuses to return unless he is called by his people, not a few select followers. After Charles is finally convinced by his top advisor, Sir Edward Hyde, to go into hiding in the country, he makes his way to Katie's farm, where he accepts work as a farm hand. With revolution at England's doorstep, the Roundheads send the notorious Colonel Ingram to Holland to kill the exiled king. Meanwhile, Dick Pinner, an actor, arrives at Katie's farm impersonating Charles, who then makes arrangement for the impostor's lodging at Katie's inn. As word that the "king" is staying at the inn spreads, the French Countess Anbella and her entourage arrive to visit her old friend. The countess immediately recognizes Pinner as a fake, but as she prepares to leave, she sees Charles and sets up a late-night meeting with him. Anbella gives him a music box, a gift from the French king, which Charles later sells to pay Katie's debts to her cousin Jan. Katie, however, sees Charles with the countess, and jealously orders him to leave, only to learn later from Anbella what he has done. Charles and Katie are then reunited, but their happiness is quickly interrupted by the arrival of Ingram at the inn. Charles is forced to reveal his true identity when Ingram prepares to kill Pinner, even though the actor has confessed his identity. Despite being outnumbered, Charles manages to escape Ingram and his men, and makes his way back toward the city. Upon learning Charles' true identity, Katie rides across the fields and helps him hide in an old windmill. Ingram and his men follow her there, however, and Charles is seemingly doomed until the arrival of his cavaliers. Charles kills Ingram in a sword fight, then learns from Hyde that he has been recalled to England by the new parliament. As he prepares to sail home and reclaim his crown, Charles is forced by duty to leave Katie behind, though they proclaim their undying love for each other. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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