An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a rich Baron and his mistress use the teacher's name and outstanding reputation in a ... See full summary »
Version presently available, and the one shown on Turner Classic Movies in December 2010, is the 1936 re-release, with a Twentieth Century-Fox logo, redesigned opening and closing credits, and original exit music eliminated. Shorter running time indicates that some editing had also been done, most likely in order to meet Production Code demands which were not in effect at the time of the film's original release. See more »
When Hank is to be burnt at the stake at "high noon", the shadows on the ground clearly indicate that the hour is between 4pm and 6pm. See more »
Far-fetched tale and over-the-top humor from Will et al
This is my first viewing so I had no idea what to expect. It got off to an ominous, foreboding start as Hank, the radio repairman (Will Rogers) encounters a few peculiar people in an odd house. After his sudden "transition" (time travel) back into King Arthur's era circa 528 AD, the sounds of Ye Olde English emerge, of thee's and thou's, being spoken and Will responds with "Can you tell me where the helleth I am?" I had a good laugh over that as it pretty well sets the tone for the whole story -- incongruous dialogue, time periods, mixed in with modern conveniences like a telephone. Oh well, it's entertainment with quite a stretch of the imagination, ie., selling hot dogs at the joust meet. Will's in his element when he's on a horse with a rope in his hand and dealing out justice to his opponent. I'm not sure why conniving Merlin (Mitchell Harris) is so busy scattering sand at every opportunity, or is it stardust, or sawdust.
Myrna Loy in her role as Morgan le Fay appears to be the most well-cast and believable of the lot.
All in all it's rather over-the-edge farce but still fun to watch.
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