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King Arthur Was a Gentleman (1942)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 28 December 1942 (UK)
Arthur King joins the army, and soon starts fantasising about King Arthur and his knights.

Director:

Marcel Varnel
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Cast

Credited cast:
Arthur Askey ... Arthur King
Max Bacon Max Bacon ... Maxie
Al Burnett Al Burnett ... Slim
Evelyn Dall Evelyn Dall ... Susan Ashley
Vera Frances Vera Frances ... Vera
Peter Graves ... Lance Elliott
Brefni O'Rorke ... Colonel Duncannon
Anne Shelton Anne Shelton ... Gwen Duncannon
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Sergeant
Jack Train Jack Train ... Jack
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Feldman Victor Feldman ... The 8 year old boy drumming
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Storyline

Arthur King joins the army, and soon starts fantasising about King Arthur and his knights.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1942 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur's comment whilst grass-cutting, "Give us the tools and we'll finish the job", is a quote from Winston Churchill (broadcast February 9th, 1941). See more »

Goofs

When Susan and Gwen start to rescue Arthur from gaol, the bren carrier they get into is T62903. However, the one they drive into the gaol wall and that is used from then on is T20899. See more »

Quotes

Arthur King: Ohh, raspberry red turnip. My favorite!
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Soundtracks

You Know What King Arthur Said
Music by Manning Sherwin
Lyrics by Val Guest
Sung by Arthur Askey and chorus
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okay WWII british film.. not much plot in here
26 January 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

From Gainsborough in Great Britain, during WW II... King Arthur was a Gentleman. Picture and sound are actually pretty good quality, considering its 80 years old. Maybe it had restoration done. Opens with Evelyn Dall singing "You'll love the Army", and right plunk in the middle of the war, so it's chock full of patriotic wartime propaganda. choruses of women, men, and tanks saying Join Now! help the cause. Arthur Askey is "Arthur", who is dating Susan (Evelyn Dall) during wartime, so they are both doing their part. Lots of british humor, and fast, cockney accents. Arthur is stuck in the laboratory, and feels bad that he's not out fighting in the trenches. Lot's of singing musical numbers. Personally, I'd rather just have plot without the musical performances, but there we are. Short on plot, so many musical numbers. Lots of silliness. I'm sure there were many british "IN" jokes which were lost on me, but it's okay. Entertaining, but obviously geared toward the United Kingdom audience. When Susan gets caught breaking rules, Arthur says he'll tell the whole story unless they put him in active duty. And so it goes. It's pretty good low-key humor. Not much of a plot in here, but it keeps going. and going. and going. Directed by Marcel Varnel, who had made three war time flicks with Askey. Varnel died quite young in a car accident.


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