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King Arthur Was a Gentleman (1942)

Arthur King joins the army, and soon starts fantasising about King Arthur and his knights.



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Credited cast:
Arthur Askey ...
Arthur King
Max Bacon ...
Al Burnett ...
Evelyn Dall ...
Susan Ashley
Vera Frances ...
Peter Graves ...
Lance Elliott
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Colonel Duncannon
Anne Shelton ...
Gwen Duncannon
Ronald Shiner ...
Jack Train ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Feldman ...
The 8 year old boy drumming


Arthur King joins the army, and soon starts fantasising about King Arthur and his knights.

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Release Date:

28 December 1942 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arthur's comment whilst grass-cutting, "Give us the tools and we'll finish the job", is a quote from Winston Churchill (broadcast February 9th, 1941). See more »


When Arthur encounters Susan under the car, his position changes in relation to the car between the first and second (closer) shots. See more »


You'll Love The Army
Music by Manning Sherwin
Lyrics by Val Guest
Sung by Evelyn Dall and chorus
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Shouldn't a comedy be funny?!
21 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a WWII propaganda comedy starring Arthur Askey. However, while it is supposed to be a comedy, it really isn't very funny. Plus, like many comedies of the era, it suffers from unnecessary songs.

The film begins with Arthur King (Askey) working as a mousy cartographer. However, he wants to join the military and fight—something quite unlikely in light of his very small size. But, when an officer feels indebted towards him, Arthur convinces him to let him join the army. There, Arthur is assigned to drive a Byrn carrier (sort of like an ultra-mini tank). Again and again, he wrecks things and performs like a boob—yet, oddly, they don't transfer him to another unit or just shoot him! Later, some of his friends find an old prop sword and decide to have fun at Arthur's expense. They tell him it's Excalibur (King Arthur's famous sword)and convince him it has magical powers. And, believing he's now invincible, Arthur has some minor adventures and somehow isn't mustered out of the army.

Throughout this movie, there just aren't any laughs. Askey is likable but just not funny in this film—and his boob routine is not enough to carry the film. To make it worse, again and again, the film is interrupted by songs that just seem to get in the way and seem to be filler. Not a terrible movie, "King Arthur Was a Gentleman" should have been a lot better.

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