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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

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Tay Garnett

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Mark Twain (novel), Edmund Beloin | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Hank Martin
Rhonda Fleming ... Alisande La Carteloise
Cedric Hardwicke ... Lord Pendragon / King Arthur (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
William Bendix ... Sir Sagramore
Murvyn Vye ... Merlin
Virginia Field ... Morgan Le Fay
Joseph Vitale ... Sir Logris
Henry Wilcoxon ... Sir Lancelot
Richard Webb ... Sir Galahad
Alan Napier ... High Executioner
Julia Faye ... Lady Penelope
Mary Field ... Peasant Woman
Ann Carter ... Peasant Girl
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Storyline

A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King's niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom's politics. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un yanqui en la corte del rey Arturo See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Twain got his idea for Hank Martin to use the eclipse for his benefit from Christopher Columbus. Columbus actually used an eclipse knowingly to perhaps alter history. Stranded in Jamaica in 1503, on his fourth voyage, Columbus and his crew were wearing out their welcome with the natives, who were feeding them. Columbus knew a lunar eclipse was coming, so he "predicted" the Moon's disappearance. The natives begged him to bring it back and, of course, he did, in due time. See more »

Goofs

In the joust between Hank and Lancelot, cranes are used to lift them to their horses. Those cranes - whose obvious purpose is to make Martin and Lancelot look utterly ridiculous - are copied from an scene in Olivier's Henry V, and are totally fictional; in reality, a full suit of armor did not weigh more than the full equipment of a modern day infantryman, and knights were drilled to be fully able to mount a horse without needing any silly mechanical aids. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hank Martin: Here ya are.
[pays taxi driver]
Hank Martin: Hey, has this castle always had four turrets?
Pendragon Castle door man: Always.
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Soundtracks

IF YOU STUB YOUR TOE ON THE MOON
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and child chorus
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King Arthur's era revisited by Bing
8 February 2002 | by lora64See all my reviews

This movie is humorous, charming, and easily becomes a favorite for those who enjoy light entertainment. Hollywood is hardly the place for serious history lessons so I simply accept it as is. Bing, in his usual inimitable style, performs quite well as the blacksmith, Hank Martin, who by accident is transported back to another age, the time of King Arthur. The beautiful Rhonda Fleming is breathtaking as Alisande, or Sandy, the object of Hank's affections although she is betrothed to the brave and formidable Sir Lancelot, played by Henry Wilcoxon.

I just love that episode when King Arthur (Cedric Hardwicke), Sir Sagramore (Wm. Bendix), and Hank (Bing Crosby) dress up in tattered clothing and take to the high road with their knapsacks to experience the kingdom at firsthand. King Arthur's comment, "I say, we are not alone" while giving his scruffy garments a good scratch, is one of those hilarious moments in the film. William Bendix's portrayal is superbly ridiculous, not to mention his attempts at quaint "ye Olde English."

The story is not deep but it's well done in my opinion and I enjoy it more each time I see it. It's great family entertainment too.


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