Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Columbia Pictures' entree into the swashbuckling genre was the opulent 18th century costumer The Fighting Guardsman. Willard Parker stars as Baron Francois de Sainte Hermaine, who is in reality the Robin Hoodlike righter-of-wrongs Roland. Robbing the wealth-laden coaches of King Louis XVI (Lloyd Corrigan), Roland redistributes the wealth to the poor and oppressed. Complicating his mission is the fact that Roland has fallen in love with French aristocrat Amelie de Montreval (Anita Louise), whose family is perceived to be enemies of "the people". Everything is resolved during the French Revolution, which in this instance seems to exist solely to straighten out the hero's love life. Were it not for the presence of such Columbia contractees as Edgar Buchanan and George Macready, The Fighting Guardsman might well have been taken for an MGM or Warners epic. Stock footage from Fighting Guardsman would pop up for years to come in the cheapie adventure films of producer Sam Katzman.
against-the-system, aristocracy, brother, collector, conflict, duel, France, government, group, king, loot, love, man, oppression, overthrow, passion, peasant, rebel, reign, respect, revolution, romance, tax-collector, taxes, tyrant