If I Were King

Rated NR 100 minutes 1938

In this film based on a true story, King Louis XI (Basil Rathbone) masquerades as a commoner in Paris, seeking out the treachery he is sure lurks in his kingdom. At a local tavern, he overhears the brash poet Fran├žois Villon (Ronald Colman) extolling why he would be a better king. Annoyed yet intrigued, the King bestows on Villon the title of Grand Constable. Soon Villon begins work and falls for a lovely lady-in-waiting (Frances Dee), but then must flee execution when the King turns on him.

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Director: Frank Lloyd

Producer: Frank Lloyd

Cast: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee, Ellen Drew, C.V. France, Henry Wilcoxon, Heather Thatcher, Stanley Ridges, Bruce Lester, Walter Kingsford, Alma Lloyd, Sidney Toler, Colin Tapley, Ralph Forbes, John Miljan, William Haade and Adrian Morris

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