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Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955)

Approved | | Drama, History | 28 December 1955 (UK)
An 11th-century noblewoman opens her Saxon husband's eyes by riding bareback through town.


Arthur Lubin


Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Oscar Brodney (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Lady Godiva
George Nader ... Lord Leofric
Victor McLaglen ... Grimald
Rex Reason ... Harold
Torin Thatcher ... Lord Godwin
Eduard Franz ... King Edward
Leslie Bradley ... Count Eustace
Henry Brandon ... Bejac
Arthur Shields ... Innkeeper
Robert Warwick ... Humbert
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Thorold (as A.E. Gould-Porter)
Grant Withers ... Pendar
Anthony Eustrel ... Prior (as Antony Eustrel)
Kathryn Givney ... Abbess
Sim Iness Sim Iness ... Oswin


In eleventh century England, King Edward the Confessor wants Saxon Lord Leofric to marry a despised Norman woman, and has him jailed when he refuses. In jail, he meets Godiva, the Sheriff's sister, and soon they are wed. The times are turbulent and Godiva proves to be a militant bride. Unrest between the Anglo-Saxon populace and the increasingly influential Norman French lead to her famous ride. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The First Startling Story Of The World's Most Famous Ride!


Drama | History


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Did You Know?


Alec Harford (Tom the Tailor (the original "Peeping Tom" of legend)) died several months before the release of this movie. See more »


Lady Godiva: If I had half a wit, I'd forget that I had ever met them.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on the background of a medieval style picture of a nun leading the horse ridden by the naked Godiva, covered only by her long hair, through town. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 2006 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »


Referenced in Columbo: Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989) See more »

User Reviews

Lady Godiva's ride
17 January 2021 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

The screenplay is often confused and muddled ,and one sometimes find it hard to tell the traitors from the good guys ,but it does not matter.

"I wanted a wife ,not a political advisor" the macho husband (George Nader)moans .But this wife is a feminist before the time and she 's as good at political intrigues as she is as the so called ill king's doctor:blood-letting weakens the monarch ,all he needs is good food and fresh air.In internal affairs ,she shows more flair than her hubby.

Maureen O'Hara 's flaming red hair is shown to good advantage in her naked ride ,and she displays plenty of go , not really supported by the rest of the cast .She had always been a female musketeer in a curious adaptation of Alexandre Dumas "at sword's point" ;feminist she said.

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English | French

Release Date:

28 December 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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