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A Connecticut Yankee (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 6 April 1931 (USA)
Hank Morgan takes a trip back in time to King Arthur's Court.


David Butler


William M. Conselman (as William Conselman), Mark Twain (novel)

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Complete credited cast:
Will Rogers ... Hank Martin
William Farnum ... King Arthur / Inventor
Frank Albertson ... Emile le Poulet / Clarence
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Alisande / Woman in Mansion
Brandon Hurst ... Merlin / Doctor in Mansion
Myrna Loy ... Queen Morgan le Fay / Evil Sister in Mansion
Mitchell Harris ... Sagramor / Butler in Mansion


Hank Morgan takes a trip back in time to King Arthur's Court.

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You've never seen anything funnier than Will in this smart two-rivet business suit with galvanized trousers and spare hinges. More Laughs than the law allows! (Print Ad- The Castilian, ((Castile, NY)) 7 May 1931)








Release Date:

6 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Yankee at King Arthur's Court See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »


When Hank is to be burnt at the stake at "high noon", the shadows on the ground clearly indicate that the hour is between 4pm and 6pm. See more »


Hank Martin: Funny how they only find knights and lords as your ancestors. I guess they skip over all the horse thieves.
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Version of A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) See more »

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Not the greatest vehicle for Rogers
5 August 2005 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

First of all, I've heard a lot about Will Rogers over the years and I've always enjoyed his songs. But this movie seems to be a pretty mediocre vehicle for his talents.

First of all, you have Rogers himself, who is uh...... not a Connecticut Yankee by any stretch of the imagination. They should have just called it "An Okie in King Arthur's Court" or something. I mean, he's even doing tricks with the lasso, which I know is a Rogers trademark, but it's pretty loose with the interpretation on Twain's book. Of course since this is a light comedy all the satire of Twain's book is gone, but that's to be expected. But Rogers as the Connecticut Yankee is just not right.

Another thing was the look of the film and the directing, which I found to be very lackluster. I haven't checked but it would not surprise me to find that the director was heavily involved in silent films. It is just a movie that feels like a B movie even though you have Rogers who was a pretty big star at the time. The production values are not up to what you would hope for from MGM, looks more like a Gene Autry movie.

There are a few fun scenes, and it is worth watching for anybody who just wants a look at Rogers' comedy on screen. Basically a kiddie movie though without much to offer adults and would probably bore most modern children.

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