Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 12, 1954

Prince Valiant (20th Century-Fox). In this movie version of Harold Foster's comic strip, Producer Robert L. Jacks and Director Henry Hathaway have not only matched the museum-copied look of the well-known Sunday viking and his cohorts; they have caught the panel's inner mood of stilted boyhood reverie as well. The outer semblance was attained partly by chance—the CinemaScope screen coincides roughly with the dimensions Foster favors for his cautiously grand panoramas.

For nine weeks Fox cameramen toured Britain, shooting Technicolor background footage of the island's vistas and keeps—Caernarvon, Warwick, Braemar, Eilean Donan...

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