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The Warriors(1955)

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The working title of this film was The Black Prince. The picture was released in England in mid-April 1955 under the title The Dark Avenger. The opening and ending cast credits differ slightly in order. A written foreward in the opening credits reads: "During the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, England and France fought a series of wars that lasted one hundred years. On both sides, the men who fought in these wars were, for the most part, completely and unselfishly dedicated to their respective causes. None was more devoted to his country than Edward Prince of Wales, known to history as 'The Black Prince,' England's greatest warrior of the period."
       According to a April 15, 1954 New York Times article, the film was a joint production between Allied Artists and Twentieth Century-Fox. The studios agreed to co-produce the picture, along with the 1954 release The Adventures of Hajji Baba, while retaining distribution rights to separate territories. For The Warriors, Allied distributed the picture in the Western Hemisphere, and Fox distributed it in the Eastern Hemisphere. The New York Times article reported that the deal was advantageous for both companies, especially Fox, which was "anxious to increase the immediate availability of CinemaScope pictures to guard against a shortage of this type picture in the foreign market as well as in this country."
       Although a August 6, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item included Patrick McGoohan in the cast, he was not discernable in the viewed print and his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. The Warriors was shot in Elstree, England. An September 8, 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that the picture was Allied Artist's "first multi-million dollar" production. The picture marked Errol Flynn's last appearance in an historical action film. A modern source credits Phil Park as co-screenwriter.