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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 22 April 1949 (USA)
A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

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Lord Pendragon / King Arthur (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King's niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom's politics. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Its laughter will ring through the centuries!


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Un yanqui en la corte del rey Arturo  »

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Trivia

Gail Russell tested for the role of Alisande. Although the test itself doesn't survive, photos of Russell's test being filmed does. See more »

Goofs

In the long shot where Hank makes the sun "vanish" during an eclipse (a process shot), the sun is depicted as being covered by a black disk while the sky around it remains sky-blue; in reality, the sky would go dark, as if night had fallen. See more »

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[first lines]
Hank Martin: Here ya are.
[pays taxi driver]
Hank Martin: Hey, has this castle always had four turrets?
Pendragon Castle door man: Always.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Unidentified Flying Oddball (2017) See more »

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ONCE AND FOR ALWAYS
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming
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You really need to watch this movie
24 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Is this a great cinematic achievement, in the sense that Citizen Kane and La Grande Illusion are great movies? No, of course not. But is this a thoroughly enjoyable movie? Most definitely! The high spots: Bing Crosby, as natural and charming as he has ever been in a movie; William Bendix, whose impeccably enunciated lines are a comic wonder - he made me believe he would have been great as one of the comical characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Cedric Hardwicke, who knows just how to deliver his lines to the greatest effect; and the script, which is really very funny.

The low points: 1) the script for Rhonda Fleming's role. She looks radiantly beautiful, but her dialog is worthless, and so she comes off as dumb in a movie where the three leading men come off as very clever; she deserved better. 2) the music. Van Heusen and Burke wrote some great songs, such as "Swinging on a Star" for Crosby's 1944 hit Going My Way, but there isn't a memorable number in this movie. That's probably why this otherwise very enjoyable movie is so forgotten.

You'll have a great time watching this.


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