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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was hoped that the song "If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon" would be as big a hit as Bing's previous hit "Swingin' On A Star" but it never caught on and was never put out on records. See more »

Goofs

Only the Roman's kept white slaves in England. The British did however traffic in black slaves until the middle of the 18th Century. Englishmen in the time of Arthur did not have white slave markets. 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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the best feel-good movie ever
21 July 2000 | by moonisgodSee all my reviews

"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" has become my favorite movie of all time because it is a movie that has it all and works at a level where you feel relaxed and happy the whole time you're watching it. Most movies nowadays try to involve multiple elements in their plots but none of them come close to what "Connecticut Yankee" accomplishes. It has action, it has romance, it has good comedy, it has fantasy, it has intrigue, it has music and all of them weave into each other well. Extraordinarily well to the point where it becomes a joy to watch.

Of course, modern audiences might shrug off this movie as just another piece of fuddy old Bing Crosby fluff, which it is, in the sense that Bing seems to have absolute control over every situation and basically plays himself in a light-hearted movie. It's not deep, but sometimes that's not what we look for when we watch movies. This is a good "sit down with a loved one and a bowl of popcorn and just enjoy yourselves" film, one of the best in my opinion. Ok, the garish technicolor does get annoying, but it's the only downside to a great great film. Enrich your life! Please see this film!


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