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The opening title card reads: "Sir Walter Scott's Quentin Durward." The following written acknowledgment appears in the onscreen credits: "Producers gratefully acknowledge permissions accorded them to photograph: Bodiam Castle, England, Chateau de Chambord, France, Chateau de Chenonceaux, France, Chateau de Maintenon, France." Publicity also lists Chateau Fontainebleau as a location site. As dramatized in the film, Louis XI, King of France (1461-1483) made two unsuccessful attempts to overthrow his father before finally ascending to the throne at Charles VII's death. As king, Louis broke the power of the nobility led by Charles "the Bold" of Burgundy. By 1483 Louis had united most of France (with the exception of Brittany) under one crown and laid the foundations for absolute monarchy in France.
According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Grace Kelly was considered for the role of "Isabelle," but declined after recently having starred in M-G-M's 1954 costume drama Green Fire. Charles Goldner was originally cast as "Hayraddin," but upon his death in April 1955, British comedian George Cole was assigned the part. Hollywood Reporter casting lists add Norman Wooland, Georgette Anys, Gloria Lasso, Yvette Clermont, Gitana Lazora and Michael Brooke to the cast, but their appearance in the finished film has not been confirmed. In 1988 a Russian adaptation of the Scott novel was produced, and in 1971 a short-lived television series based on the Scott novel was broadcast in France.