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Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue
Poster of the movie Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue.jpg
Directed by Harold French
Produced by Perce Pearce
Walt Disney
Written by Lawrence Edward Watkin
Starring Richard Todd
Glynis Johns
James Robertson Justice
Michael Gough
Finlay Currie
Geoffrey Keen
Music by Cedric Thorpe Davie
Cinematography Guy Green
Editing by Geoffrey Foot
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) 26 October 1953 (1953-10-26) (Premiere-London)
4 February 1954 (1954-02-04) (US)
Running time 81 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $1.8 million

Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue is a 1953 British-American action film, made by Walt Disney Productions which is about Rob Roy MacGregor. It was the last Disney film released through RKO Radio Pictures.


The film begins in the early 18th century with Rob Roy leading his McGregor clansmen against King George I's forces commanded by the Scottish Duke of Argyll.

While determined to establish order in the Highlands, Argyll is sympathetic to "the bonny blue bonnets" whom he is fighting, even refusing to unleash German mercenaries against them. A final charge by royal dragoons scatters the clansmen but honour appears satisfied and Rob Roy returns to his village to wed his beloved Helen.

The wedding celebrations are interrupted by fencibles – the private army of the Duke of Montrose who has been appointed as the King's Secretary of State for Scotland and who lacks Argyll's regard for the highlanders. All clans involved in the Jacobite rising of 1715 are pardoned except for the McGregors.

Rob Roy is arrested and the Clan McGregor is deprived of the right to use its name. Rob Roy escapes, leaping a waterfall and subsequently leads McGregor opposition to the increasingly repressive regime imposed by Montrose through his agent Killearn. During a skirmish with the fencibles McGregor's mother is killed. A fort is stormed by the clan and its garrison of royal soldiers taken prisoner.

The Duke of Argyll goes to King George to plead the case for leniency for the Clan McGregor, who have been forced into rebellion. Montrose urges repression.

At this crucial point Rob Roy appears at the royal court, heralded by a piper. Rob Roy's self-evident qualities quickly convince the king to pardon him and his clan. After an exchange of compliments: "Rob Roy – you are a great rogue"; "and you sire are a great king", the McGregor returns to his people and his wife.


  • Richard Todd as Rob Roy MacGregor
  • Glynis Johns as Helen Mary MacPherson MacGregor
  • James Robertson Justice as John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll.
  • Michael Gough as Duke of Montrose
  • Finlay Currie as Hamish MacPherson
  • Jean Taylor Smith as Lady Margaret Campbell MacGregor, of Glengyll
  • Geoffrey Keen as Killearn
  • Archie Duncan as Dugal MacGregor
  • Russell Waters as Hugh MacGregor
  • Marjorie Fielding as Maggie MacPherson
  • Eric Pohlmann as King George I
  • Ina De La Haye as Countess von Pahlen
  • Michael Goodliffe as Sir Robert Walpole
  • Martin Boddey as General Cadogan
  • Ewen Solon as Maj. Gen. Wightman
  • Ian MacNaughton as Callum MacGregor
  • Ted Follows as Douglas MacGregor
  • May Hallatt as Ballad Hawker
  • Hamilton Keene as Fort Commandant
  • Henry Hewitt as Lord Parker
  • Malcolm Keen as Duke of Marlborough
  • David Keir as Servant to Argyll
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