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The Black Knight (1954)

Approved | | Adventure | 26 August 1954 (UK)
As a blacksmith John can't hope to win the hand of Linet, daughter of the Earl of Yeonil. Off he goes to prove himself a noble knight. He makes himself a suit of armor with a winged chicken... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John
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Linet
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Sir Ontzlake (as Andre Morell)
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Earl Of Yeonil
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Sir Palamides
Anthony Bushell ...
Laurence Naismith ...
Major Domo
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King Mark
Bill Brandon ...
Bernard
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The Abbot
Basil Appleby ...
Sir Hal
Thomas Moore ...
The Apprentice
Jean Lodge ...
Pauline Jameson ...
Lady Yeonil
John Kelly ...
The Woodchopper
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As a blacksmith John can't hope to win the hand of Linet, daughter of the Earl of Yeonil. Off he goes to prove himself a noble knight. He makes himself a suit of armor with a winged chicken helmet and runs around fighting for King Arthur as the Black Knight. Evil doings include plots by visiting kings and a Druid sacrificial ceremony at Stonehenge. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Alan Ladd's greatest ! Bigger than ever ! Better than ever ! Bolder than ever ! See more »

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26 August 1954 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Le serment du chevalier noir  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Conspirators King Mark of Cornwall and Sir Palamides are both played by future "Doctor Who"s: Patrick Troughton would take the role on television in 1966-69, while Peter Cushing portrayed the big-screen version in two mid-'60s Dalek films. See more »

Goofs

At the close, King Arthur bids his trumpets sound, and the attendants impressively move in unison to do so. Examination of the guttering brazier flames behind them reveals that the film was simply reversed to obtain the effect. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Earl of Yeonil's Castle. See more »

Connections

Remade as Siege of the Saxons (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Whistling Gypsy
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Written by Leo Maguire
Performed by Elton Hayes
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A rather obscure adventure
9 June 2003 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I'd only heard of The Black Knight through looking at a list of Peter Cushing's films before it was shown on Channel 4 one afternoon recently so I set the video and was pleased I did.

It is an enjoyable adventure set in medieval times and as well as horror legend Peter Cushing (The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula), who has an excellent role as a baddy, it also stars Alan Ladd (Shane) who plays the title role of the movie very well. This movie also stars Harry Andrews and several people who I'm more use to seeing in sci-fi/horror movies: Dr Who actor Patrick Troughton, Andre Morell (The Giant Behemoth, Plague of the Zombies) and Laurence Naismith (The Valley of Gwangi, Village of the Damned). The love interest is played by Patricia Medina (The Beast of Hollow Mountain). All play the parts well.

This was one of three British Movies Alan Ladd made in the 1950's. It is beautifully shot in colour, despite it being low budget.

This movie is worth a look at if you get the chance, as it it rather hard to find. It don't seem to available on video or DVD anywhere, so you will have to rely on it coming on telly. A treat.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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