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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
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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 »
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 »
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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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