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The Secret of St. Ives (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 30 June 1949 (USA)
Anatole de Keroual is captured by the British in the Napoleonic war and imprisoned in the dungeon of Edinburgh Castle with six companions. Floria Gilchrist, coveted by the fortress ... See full summary »


Phil Rosen (as Philip Rosen)


Robert Louis Stevenson (short story "St. Ives"), Eric Taylor (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Richard Ney ... Anatole de Keroual
Vanessa Brown ... Floria Gilchrist
Henry Daniell ... Maj. Edward Chevenish
Edgar Barrier ... Sgt. Carnac
Aubrey Mather ... Daniel Romaine
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Clausel
John Dehner ... Couguelat
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Amiot
Douglas Walton ... Allan St. Ives
Jean Del Val ... Count St. Ives
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Annie Gilchrist


Anatole de Keroual is captured by the British in the Napoleonic war and imprisoned in the dungeon of Edinburgh Castle with six companions. Floria Gilchrist, coveted by the fortress commander, Major Edward Chevenish, falls in love with Anatole, and he with her, but Chevenish refuses Floria's plea for a pardon for Anatole unless she agrees to marry him. Anatole engineers an escape from the prison, and goes to London to straighten out affairs of the estate of his uncle, Viscount Victor St. Ives. There he is apprehended and put on trial for murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

30 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Segredo de Saint Ives See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film as director for Phil Rosen. See more »


Version of St. Ives (1960) See more »

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seldom seen Robert Stevenson story
4 June 2009 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Shown on Turner Classics in May 2009, this period piece opens with a narrator describing Frenchman Anatole de Keroual and his compatriots imprisoned in a British castle in Edinburg. They are digging an escape tunnel so that they can rejoin Napoleon's army. Vanessa Brown is "Floria Gilchrist", who comes to the castle to visit the prisoners. The hero de Keroual is played by Richard Ney; it appears Ney's claim to fame was making "Mrs. Miniver" with Greer Garson, who he would later marry in real life, if only for four years. The jailer is played by Henry Daniell, probably best known for his roles in Jane Eyre and numerous appearances in Sherlock Holmes films. Story by the prolific Robert Stevenson, who more famously wrote "Treasure Island" and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde". Things move pretty slowly until about halfway through, then things pick up a little. Directed by Phil Rosen; this was the last film he made, as Rosen died in 1951.

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