Produced under the same flag of convenience as the Salkinds had employed for their earlier pair of Dick Lester Three Musketeers films, this hid its status as a redundant remake (of a Warners/Errol Flynn romp of 1937, which cast genuine twins in the double-lead role) under the title Crossed Swords in America. Fleischer's anonymous direction and Mark Lester's lack of range (as the urchin/prince lookalikes) throw the weight of Mark Twain's cross-cut yarn of confused identities onto a series of lumbering star cameos (Heston as Henry VIII, Scott as a Cockney villain, etc). Princely sets, but a debilitating poverty of wit and imagination.
Cast and crew
George MacDonald Fraser
Oliver Reed Raquel Welch Mark Lester Ernest Borgnine George C Scott Rex Harrison David Hemmings Charlton Heston Harry Andrews Murray Melvin Sybil Danning