#69: KING RICHARD AND THE CRUSADERS (1954)
In the 1950s, costume dramas were in vogue. Since George Sanders was right at home in these kinds of motion pictures, his services remained highly in demand at the various studios. This time, he is third-billed but plays the title character-- King Richard the Lionhearted. In the story, he and other top European rulers are determined to take back Jerusalem from the Saracens, but the best laid plans may be thwarted by enemies within Richard's own court. A failed assassination attempt leaves the king near death, but he is saved by one of his knights (played by Laurence Harvey). Of course, there are other intrigues at the palace. A lovely lady (Virginia Mayo) is supposed to marry Richard, but she's fallen in love with the knight. What's a jilted king to do? Banish the knight, of course! Who cares if he saved your life. You must do what you have to in order to win and keep the girl.
"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.