Prince Valiant (1954)

100m, 8992 feet
35mm film, Technicolor
stereo (Western Electric), English

An American fantasy film directed by Henry Hathaway.

Plot Summary

An exiled Viking find himself at , uncovering a plot to overthrow King Arthur.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Copyright MCMLIV [1965] by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, A CinemaScope production produced and released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents a CinemaScope production
Produced by: Robert L. Jacks
Screen Play by: Dudley Nichols
Based on King Features Syndicated ‘Prince Valiant‘ by: Harold Foster
Director of Photography: Lucien Ballard
Film Editor: Robert Simpson
Music: Franz Waxman
Sound: Alfred Bruzlin, Roger Heman
Wardrobe Direction: Charles LeMaire
Makeup Artist: Ben Nye
Special Photographic Effects: Ray Kellogg
Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Mark-Lee Kirk

James Mason (Sir Brack)
Janet Leigh (Aleta)
Robert Wagner (Prince Valiant)
Debra Paget (Ilene)
Sterling Hayden (Sir Gawain)
Victor McLaglen (Boltar)
Donald Crisp (King Aguar)
Brian Aherne (King Arthur)
Barry Jones (King Luke)
Mary Philips (the Queen Mother)
Howard Wendell (Morgan Todd)
Tom Conway (Sir Kay)
Michael Rennie [opening narration] *
Primo Carnera [Sligon] *

Alternative Titles

De Avonturen van prins valiant – Netherlands
A bátor herceg – Hungary
Dappere prins – Belgium (Flemish)
O Gennaios prigips – Greece
Niezłomny wiking – Poland
Princ Valiant – Czech Republic
Princ Valijant – Serbia
Prince Vaillant – Belgium (French), Canada (French), France
Il principe coraggioso – Italy
Príncipe Valente – Brazil (DVD), Portugal
O Príncipe Valente – Brazil
El príncipe Valiente – Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela
Prins Valiant – Denmark, Sweden, Finland (Swedish)
Prinssi Rohkea – Finland (television)
Prinssi Valiant – Finland
Printul Valiant – Romania
Prinz Eisenherz – Austria, West Germany
Принц Валиант – Russia
炎と剣 – Japan


Extracts included in
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997)
Biography: Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker (1995)
Family Classics: Prince Valiant (1963)
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
The Time Tunnel: Merlin the Magician (1967)

See also
The Legend of Prince Valiant (1991-1994)
Prince Valiant (1997)



  • Film Score Monthly vol.4 no.4 (April/May 1999) pp.22-29; 28-29 – article (A valiant effort by Doug Adams); article (Waxing poetic: themes at work in Valiant by Doug Adams)
  • Filmfax no.79 (June/July 2000) pp.30, 32 – soundtrack review (Prince Valiant by Harry H. Long
  • Films in Review vol.5 no.5 (May 1954) p.241
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.125 no.21 (24 July 1953)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.126 no.1 (4 September 1953
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.128 no.47 (2 April 1954) p.3
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2445 (6 May 1954) p.16
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.21 no.245 (June 1954) p.85
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.190 no.2 (10 January 1953) p.29
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.192 no.4 (25 July 1953) p.28
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.195 no.1 (3 April 1954) p.30
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.195 no.2 (10 April 1954) p.2254
  • Today's Cinema vol.82 no.7001 (29 April 1954) p.6
  • Variety 7 April 1954


  • Epic Films (2nd edition) by Gary Allen Smith pp.185 – credits, review
  • Spectacular! The Story of Epic Films by John Cary, edited by John Kobal p.155 – credits