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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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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
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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
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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

Top-billed Alan Ladd only worked on the film for 11 days. A double was used for all the long shots. 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

Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

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The Whistling Gypsy
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Written by Leo Maguire
Performed by Elton Hayes
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" I know I'm not a knight, but is it Impossible to become one? "
15 February 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The legend of King Arthur has him first appearing in the year 412, Others have him magically working around the year 1204 A.D. Whenever; the additional time, the legend of Merlin had yet to become clear for the two. Indeed, such is the period problem for both men and that further allows script writers to use one or the other in movies, such as this one called " The Black Knight. " Regardless, the story of a King Arthur serves to place the story around the 12th century and that means whatever you've learned about King Arthur is probably confusing enough, so the less said the better. Here in with all it's inaccuracies is the tale of a young man, who works as a Blacksmith, though throughout the movie he is seen doing very little in that trade. However, Alan Ladd plays John a lowly smith making swords and in love with Linet (Patricia Medina) a Nobel man's daughter when he learns of treachery in the royal court. The heavy is interestingly enough the late great Peter Cushing, who's ambition is to kill the king, usurp the throne and take over England. The thought behind the film is exciting enough, but don't expect Ladd to be as swashbuckling as Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power. He is alright, but lacks masterly resolve and despite his ornate helmet, does little to improve his stature. The movie is theater quality and one could be entertained readily enough, But don't expect too much, so enjoy the movie, after all, that what counts. ****.


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