Colman is without peer in his portrayal of the famous French poet and ne'er-do-well Francois Villon, who lived among the rabble of 15th century Paris. During a tavern brawl, he kills the oppressive Grand Constable of Paris. and the intellectual troublemaker is brought before the cunning
King Louis XI (Rathbone). In a shrewd move, Rathbone thinks to satisfy his downtrodden people by elevating their champion to an all-powerful post, one where he can improve conditions he has so loudly condemned. If he fails, he will be executed for his past transgressions. He only has a week to
perform the miracle. While at court, strutting in his new princely finery, Colman meets an...