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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1948)

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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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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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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Trivia

Bing Crosby insisted that first-time Paramount contractee Rhonda Fleming share star billing with him because he was worried about carrying the sole weight for a film's success or failure. See more »

Goofs

When Hank, Lady Alisande, King Arthur and Sir Sagramore are in the slave pen, Sir Sagramore grabs a guard and pulls him back against the bars. One of the heavy bars visibly flexes and then springs back, showing that it is made of rubber. 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

Version of A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) 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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Lavish Twain
24 March 2007 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Stylishly directed, picturesquely photographed and brilliantly acted — Crosby's interpretation seems exactly right, Hardwicke has his best role ever, while Bendix is a treat too — this Yankee's appeal is universal and irresistible.

One of the principal joys of the movie, of course, are the songs. As might be expected, Bing is in fine voice. And although Hardwicke's solo has been cut, we can still hear him sing heartily as he dances merrily with Crosby and Bendix in their famous novelty number, "Busy Doing Nothing". It's also a treat to hear Rhonda Fleming, who, although she enjoyed an extensive stage and concert career as a singer, was rarely given a chance to be heard in the cinema. She has a lovely voice that more than matches her ravishing looks—and she looks very fetching indeed in her Mary Kay Dodson costumes.

Director Tay Garnett gets the most out of his lavish budget, using all the resources at his command to present every fabulous scene as effectively as possible. (Perhaps the eclipse looks a trifle too contrived, but who's complaining?)

In short, as the trailer actually describes, an entertainment delight from start to finish.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 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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