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Knights of the Round Table -- King Arthur establishes the greatest reign England has ever seen, and along for the ride are his indispensable Knights of the Round Table...

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Director:
Writers:
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) &
Jan Lustig (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 January 1954 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
All the glory and splendor of King Arthur's court
Plot:
King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A stirring tale of knights, chivalry, and the days of the Round Table in the time of King Arthur is brought to the screen with full pomp and pageantry. See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Lancelot

Ava Gardner ... Guinevere

Mel Ferrer ... Arthur
Anne Crawford ... Morgan Le Fay

Stanley Baker ... Modred
Felix Aylmer ... Merlin
Maureen Swanson ... Elaine
Gabriel Woolf ... Percival
Anthony Forwood ... Gareth
Robert Urquhart ... Gawaine
Niall MacGinnis ... Green Knight
Ann Hanslip ... Nan
Jill Clifford ... Bronwyn
Stephen Vercoe ... Agravaine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Arnall ... Bit Role (uncredited)
John Brooking ... Bedivere (uncredited)
Michel De Lutry ... Dancer (uncredited)
Valentine Dyall ... Narrator (uncredited)
Gwendoline Evans ... Enid (uncredited)
Peter Gawthorne ... Bishop (uncredited)
Mary Germaine ... Brigid (uncredited)

Laurence Harvey ... Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... A Herald (uncredited)
Barry MacKay ... Green Knight's Squire (uncredited)
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Simon (uncredited)
Patricia Owens ... Lady Vivien (uncredited)
Roy Russell ... Leogrance (uncredited)
John Sherman ... Lambert (uncredited)
Derek Tansley ... Green Knight's Squire (uncredited)
Alan Tilvern ... Steward (uncredited)
Martin Wyldeck ... John (uncredited)

Dana Wynter ... Morgan Le Fay's Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) &
Jan Lustig (screenplay) and
Noel Langley (screenplay)

Thomas Malory (based on "Le Morte D'Arthur") (as Sir Thomas Malory)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Dade (director of photography)
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as F.A.Young)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Clarke 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
Hans Peters 
 
Costume Design by
Roger K. Furse (costumes designed by) (as Roger Furse)
 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
 
Production Management
Roy Parkinson .... unit manager (uncredited)
Dora Wright .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director (uncredited)
Jack Martin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Price .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Aldred .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Bryan Coates .... boom operator (uncredited)
Sash Fisher .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Ralph George .... sound (uncredited)
A.W. Watkins .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tom Howard .... photographic effects
 
Stunts
Jack Keely .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Doll .... focus puller (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jakob Gimpel .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... co-conductor (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... conductor (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phillip Glasier .... falconer (uncredited)
Angela Martelli .... continuity (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1954) | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16742) | West Germany:6 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stanley Baker was cast at very short notice after the actor first cast, George Sanders, had to be replaced due to illness. Baker was cast as Mordred due to his acclaimed portrayal of a villainous Royal Navy officer in The Cruel Sea (1953).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the final sword fight, the long swords are clearly flimsy props. The blades bend and vibrate with each hit, one battler tried to spear his opponent and hit the rock face of the cliff behind him and the tip of the sword was crumpled like it was aluminum.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grandma's Boy (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Lady WhiteSee more »

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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A stirring tale of knights, chivalry, and the days of the Round Table in the time of King Arthur is brought to the screen with full pomp and pageantry., 3 March 2006
Author: Mickey-2 from Front Royal, VA

The legend of King Arthur has been told, and retold, by movie makers several times. This may have been one of the first tellings, using Technicolor coupled with Cinemascope and drawing heavily upon the pageantry of the days of chivalry and knighthood in England. The story is simple, relating the coming of the throne of his country by Arthur Pendragon, and his attempts to establish justice and peace in the war-torn, divided land he called England. His efforts are to no avail, as there is simply too much greed and distrust among the small kingdoms of the country to allow the rule of one person, but this film has some fun in the citing of the Arthurian legend.

The cast members for 1953 read like a star-studded list from MGM. Mel Ferrer portrays King Arthur, with the lovely Ava Gardner as his queen, Guinevere. Stanley Baker plays the villain in the piece, Mordred, a knight sworn to capture the throne for himself, even if it destroys the unity of England. Playing the role of the greatest knight member of the Round Table, Lancelot, was Robert Taylor, who seemed to relish the sense of justice, decency, and moral standards as no one else of the time seemed willing to do.

"Knights of the Round Table" is meant to be viewed as an enjoyable touch with the past and the days gone by. Worth a view or two.

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