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A Connecticut Yankee (1931)

Unrated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 6 April 1931 (USA)



(as William Conselman), (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
King Arthur / Inventor
Emile le Poulet / Clarence
Alisande / Woman in Mansion
Brandon Hurst ...
Merlin / Doctor in Mansion
Queen Morgan le Fay / Evil Sister in Mansion
Sagramor / Butler in Mansion


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Release Date:

6 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Yankee at King Arthur's Court  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some sources erroneously reverse the roles played by Mitchell Harris and Brandon Hurst. Harris plays Sagramor and the Butler and Hurst plays Merlin and the Doctor. 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 »


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Will Rogers Goes Time Traveling
24 January 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A radio man visits a spooky old house at night. There he briefly meets the strange inhabitants, including a mad scientist who tries to use radio waves to tune into the past. An accidental bang on the head sends the radio man back to King Arthur's Court.

So starts this version of the oft-filmed Mark Twain tale, this time re-worked for the personality of Will Rogers - who certainly doesn't sound like a Connecticut Yankee. In fact, Will is the main reason to watch this early talkie. His humor - one suspects much was ad-libbed - was always refreshing. Fox obviously spent a lot of money on the Camelot scenes; they look very good. Many of the performers, however, have trouble with their stilted dialogue.

Myrna Loy looks beautifully evil, but her part is not developed. The always lovely Maureen O'Sullivan is totally wasted in a small role. William Farnum does the best he can as Arthur, but the other male co-stars are much hampered by the script or just plain immature acting.

Will Rogers, as always, is wonderful - delivering his lines in his soft, shy, Oklahoma drawl. He had star presence without even trying. It is terrific fun seeing him win a joust with a knight by using his excellent roping & riding skills. Mark Twain's Ghost must have smiled...

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