Royal Flash (the movie)

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Royal Flash (the movie)

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Maio 4, 2007, 6:02 pm

I know we're here to discuss the books, but I'd just like to voice the opinion that Malcolm MacDowell was great in the role of our favourite bounder, the script is faithful to the essence of Flashy and the settings are fantastic.

"Spring, where did you Eric from?!"

Maio 4, 2007, 6:42 pm

Yes!! I didn't think it was good casting until I saw the film, but McDowell was brilliant. And it didn't hurt that G M. Fraser wrote the screenplay! I'd give the film 5 stars.

One of my favorite LOL moments is when they carry that huge painting past in the background, to music from Die Walkure.

So, how many have read the "plagiarised" account of Flashman's adventure by Anthony Hope? Seen a movie version at least? (My grandaunt, who had a lifelong "crush" on Ronald Colman, made sure that I was introduced to the version of The Prisoner of Zenda in which he played the more noble version of Flashy. :-) Doug Fairbanks, Jr. was great as Rudi, aka Rupert of Hentzau.

I wouldn't have enjoyed Fraser's parody anywhere near as much if I hadn't read and seen the Hope version.

Maio 5, 2007, 4:40 am

I love the 1952 version with Stewart Granger and James Mason - brilliant as bad Rupe. Haven't read the book though - should we?

Maio 5, 2007, 4:33 pm


It has been a long time since I last read the book(and Rupert of Hentzau) --- probably re-read after discovering Royal Flash --- so I'm not sure if I can answer the "should we" question. I do see that the majority of those on LT who rate The Prisoner of Zenda give it 4 or 5 stars. If you liked the movie. . . .

As for the films, I'll give you James Mason, and throw in Boardwalk and Park Place. :-) As far as I'm concerned, few could swash a buckle with the panache of Doug Fairbanks, Jr.! I'll never understand why they remake films that were done right the first time.

Ago 6, 2019, 8:05 am

Watched it... but it just didn't work for me... seemed a little bit too much flippant in comparison to the written work... Just my opinion... but as any Sergeant Major would ball out to a young Flashman... "Opinions are like ar**holes! Everybody has one! What is that you think makes yours so special, Sir?"

That said I wouldn't mind seeing someone have another crack at Flashman on screen, however I suspect he is much too politically incorrect to ever make the big screen, or even the little one, these days.