An American ambassador arrives in a small country that is being convulsed by political intrigue and civil unrest. He befriends the young boy who is to be the country's king, to ensure that ... See full summary »
Skyline is a 1931 drama film directed by Sam Taylor and starring silent film veteran Thomas Meighan. It is based on a novel, East Side, West Side by Felix Riesenberg. It was produced and released by Fox Film Corporation.
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Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and ... See full summary »
Hiram Draper is an all-American self-made man who profoundly distastes everything British. Yet he must travel to London with his family. When Junior falls in love with an aristocratic girl,... See full summary »
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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