Lawrence Ellsworth

About me

Author / editor of historical fiction, specializing in adventure. Next title, a new translation of Alexandre Dumas’s “The Red Sphinx, A Sequel to The Three Musketeers,” will be published by Pegasus Books in January, 2017. My most recent title, “The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure,” appeared in December, 2014. In my day job I am Lawrence Schick, a designer of role-playing games.

From my website

ELLSWORTH’S CINEMA OF SWORDS 1952, Part One

Against All Flags Rating: **** Origin: USA Director: George Sherman Source: Universal Studios DVD I know it isn’t true, but I like to think that in the late 1990s, when the wonks at Disney were considering what tone to take for the movie they planned to base on their Pirates…

ELLSWORTH’S CINEMA OF SWORDS: 1951

Anne of the Indies Rating: **** Origin: USA Director: Jacques Tourneur Source: Amazon Streaming Video We usually award the title Queen of the Swashbucklers to Maureen O’Hara, but Jean Peters makes a grab for her crown in this fine pirate melodrama. As an orphan girl, Anne (Peters) was raised aboard…

ELLSWORTH’S CINEMA OF SWORDS; 1950

The Black Rose Rating: ** Origin: USA Director: Henry Hathaway Source: Fox Cinema Classics DVD This movie works well as a spectacle depicting 13th-century England and parts of Mongolia and China. As an adventure or character-driven story, however, it’s not so good. This is one of those films in which…

 
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