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The Black Knight (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, History | 26 August 1954 (UK)
During King Arthur's time, a sword maker wishes to win Lady Linet's heart but first he must become a noble knight.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John
... Linet
... Sir Ontzlake (as Andre Morell)
... Earl Of Yeonil
... Sir Palamides
... King Arthur
... Major Domo
... King Mark
Bill Brandon ... Bernard
... The Abbot
Basil Appleby ... Sir Hal
Thomas Moore ... The Apprentice
Jean Lodge ... Queen Guenevere
... Lady Yeonil
... The Woodchopper
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As a blacksmith John can't hope to win the hand of Linet, daughter of the Earl of Yeonil. Off he goes to prove himself a noble knight. He makes himself a suit of armor with a winged chicken helmet and runs around fighting for King Arthur as the Black Knight. Evil doings include plots by visiting kings and a Druid sacrificial ceremony at Stonehenge. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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26 August 1954 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El caballero negro  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Opening credits: Any resemblance of characters in this story to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

At the close, King Arthur bids his trumpets sound, and the attendants impressively move in unison to do so. Examination of the guttering brazier flames behind them reveals that the film was simply reversed to obtain the effect. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: The Earl of Yeonil's Castle. See more »

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The Whistling Gypsy
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Written by Leo Maguire
Performed by Elton Hayes
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In a class of its own, (thank heavens!)
1 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

If you are looking for the epitome of "it's so awful, I cannot look away" movies, then this has got to be it! Everything is just dire, (except Peter Cushing as the baddie, (although he must have spent many an hour focusing on his coming fee rather than trying to think of his role - as a Saracen knight at the court of King Arhur (?????))). Alan Ladd's 'acting' is on a par with the 'plot', (if you can find it), and both are upstaged by the costumes, (especially the knights' or 'Vikings'' helmets, adorned with more horns, heraldic beasts and other appendages than a Victorian coat-stand). The real things not to miss, (in between either collapsing in hopeless fits of giggling or nodding off entirely, (and I could only watch my recording from the television in something like six (short) takes)), are the 'set pieces', especially the 'Virgin Sacrifice' scene at 'Stonehenge' - a good 25 years before Monty Python, but indescribably funnier than anything Cleese and his chaps could ever have thought up. Words can only go so far in describing a turkey of this magnitude, so if you are a fan of Mel Brooks-type spoofs and want a taste of something way beyond spoofing, set the VCR to record this one the next time it is on television, (as I cannot imagine any VHS or DVD distributor in their right mind ever putting this one up for sale), grab a bucket of popcorn, a box of tissues, (for when you collapse in laughter at frequent points), and go for it when you need a lift.


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