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When Knights Were Bold (1936)

Happy-go-lucky soldier Guy De Vere must leave India and return to the family seat at Little Twittering, for he has inherited the family title. Sir Guy finds all his relatives to be frozen ... See full summary »

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Sir Guy De Vere
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Lady Rowena
Garry Marsh ...
Brian Ballymoat
Kate Cutler ...
Aunt Agatha
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Aunt Esther
Robert Horton ...
Cousin Bertie
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The Canon
Aubrey Fitzgerald ...
Barker, butler
Robert Nainby ...
Whittle, the 'boy'
Moore Marriott ...
The Tramp
Charles Paton ...
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Happy-go-lucky soldier Guy De Vere must leave India and return to the family seat at Little Twittering, for he has inherited the family title. Sir Guy finds all his relatives to be frozen stuffed shirts... except lovely cousin Rowena, who is mad about knighthood and chivalry. Struck in the head by a falling suit of armor, Guy dreams he and Rowena are back in 1400, as the unabashed farce continues... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Both Michael Wilding and Terry-Thomas appear in this movie as extras. T-T is stabbed to death by Wilding, who plays a Saxon. See more »

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The credits are printed into a handmade book. A hand turns the pages. See more »

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LET'S PUT SOME PEOPLE TO WORK
by Al Goodhart, Al Hoffman and Maurice Sigler
Sung by Jack Buchanan
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Stirring Deeds Of Chivalry and Daring
4 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jack Buchanan, English musical comedy star from the first part of the last century is a rarity. He's primarily known for two films with American audiences, Monte Carlo where he co-starred with Jeanette MacDonald and The Band Wagon where he supported Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse and participated in that legendary Triplets number.

It was interesting to see Buchanan in something else. When Knights Were Bold concerns a young man who is of noble birth and when he's located in service in the Indian Army, he's told he's now got a title, lands, and a castle and all that goes with it. That includes tenants on his lands and a bunch of sponging relatives, one of whom Garry Marsh thinks he ought to have inherited the title. Another is Fay Wray who's a distant and kissing cousin who's real deep into the medieval scene.

Even though he's been a soldier on the frontier of the empire Buchanan doesn't quite measure up to her ideal of a medieval knight, the kind you usually find in Walter Scott novels.

The last third of the film is a dream sequence that's part inspired from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur and part Monty Pythonesque. In fact this film could have served as an inspiration for the Monty Python players and their classic about the quest for the Holy Grail.

Sad to say Buchanan's few musical numbers were not quite up to the standard of Rodgers&Hart and not even up to what Burke&Van Heusen wrote for Bing Crosby in his film based on the Mark Twain novel. Still they do show off a considerable talent for song and dance and a bit of snappy patter.

I'd give When Knights Were Bold a look if for no other reason than to check out the talent of Jack Buchanan.


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