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

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 22 April 1949 (USA)
A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

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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Its laughter will ring through the centuries!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hank was called very many things in his trip back in time. Here's the more popular ones and some more interesting ones. He's called sire 29 times, monster 20 times, Sir Boss 19 times, Sorcerer (or any magic user) 13 times, mi-lord 9 times, demon 7 times, beast 6 times, dragon 4 times, and a werewolf 3 times. Only Sandy calls him Hank and she does so 14 times. See more »

Goofs

Merlin is seen using a telescope toward the end of the film. The first person to apply for a patent for a telescope was a Dutch eyeglass maker named Hans Lippershey, in 1608. The use of lenses does do go back further than that. But, certainly would not have been seen in the sixth century, nearly a thousand years before. 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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Connections

Spoofed in Knight-Mare Hare (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

WHEN IS SOMETIME?
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Rhonda Fleming
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You really need to watch this movie
24 October 2012 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

Is this a great cinematic achievement, in the sense that Citizen Kane and La Grande Illusion are great movies? No, of course not. But is this a thoroughly enjoyable movie? Most definitely! The high spots: Bing Crosby, as natural and charming as he has ever been in a movie; William Bendix, whose impeccably enunciated lines are a comic wonder - he made me believe he would have been great as one of the comical characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Cedric Hardwicke, who knows just how to deliver his lines to the greatest effect; and the script, which is really very funny.

The low points: 1) the script for Rhonda Fleming's role. She looks radiantly beautiful, but her dialog is worthless, and so she comes off as dumb in a movie where the three leading men come off as very clever; she deserved better. 2) the music. Van Heusen and Burke wrote some great songs, such as "Swinging on a Star" for Crosby's 1944 hit Going My Way, but there isn't a memorable number in this movie. That's probably why this otherwise very enjoyable movie is so forgotten.

You'll have a great time watching this.


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