The Black Arrow (film)

The Black Arrow

Theatrical poster.
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by Edward Small
Written by Richard Schayer
David P. Sheppard
Thomas Sellar
Based on novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Starring Louis Hayward
George Macready
Janet Blair
Edward Small Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
Running time
76 mins
Country USA
Language English
Budget $1 million[1]

The Black Arrow is a 1948 swashbuckler film.[2]


A knight returns home after the War of the Roses and discovers his evil uncle has murdered his father.


In 1947 Edward Small signed a contract with Columbia to make two films, The Black Arrow and D'Artagnan, the Kingmaker, an adaptation of one of the sequels to The Three Musketeers.[3] Only the former was made but Small made a number of other swashbucklers for Columbia.

Filming started 6 June 1947.[4]

The film uses left over sets from The Swordsman (1948) and costumes and cast from The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946).[5]


Reviews were positive.[6][7]



  2. The Black Arrow at Turner Classic Movies
  3. DRAMA AND FILM: Babe Ruth Biography Glimmers as Cinema Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Apr 1947: 7.
  4. DRAMA AND FILM: Hay-ward Picked to Star in War of Roses Story Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 May 1947: A3.
  5. Jeffrey Richards, Swordsmen of the Screen, p 104-105
  6. 'Black Arrow' 15th Century Melodrama Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 Aug 1948: 14.
  7. Louis Hayward Stars in Stevenson Story A.W.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Oct 1948: 14.
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