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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.

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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 »

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Production Co:

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

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

In the long shot where Hank makes the sun "vanish" during an eclipse (a process shot), the sun is depicted as being covered by a black disk while the sky around it remains sky-blue; in reality, the sky would go dark, as if night had fallen. 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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Referenced in Entourage: One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

BUSY DOING NOTHING
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby, William Bendix and Cedric Hardwicke
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A nice time-passer....and better than the Will Rogers version.
19 December 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Will Rogers' movies--and that's why I bought myself a gift set of his films for Christmas. Well, I bought them and then told my wife this would make a great gift for me! Regardless, his films were almost always wonderful. I say ALMOST because his film "A Connecticut Yankee" was an awful mess of a film. You really have to see it to believe how bad the movie is--particularly at the end. However, I can report that at least the Bing Crosby version from 1949 is much, much better. While I wouldn't consider it a great film, it is a pleasant time-passer.

The film begins with Crosby visiting a castle in 1912 and meeting with the lord of the manor. He notices that the man looks very similar to King Arthur and so he regales the guy with a story--a story of how he somehow time traveled back to the time of King Arthur. What follows is filled with a bazillion anachronisms--though considering that Arthur is an entirely fictional character, I can put up with all the silliness. During the course of the story, Crosby's character falls in love with a woman--a woman he unfortunately left behind.

This film works mostly because Bing Crosby is very pleasant in the lead. He makes less sarcastic quips than Rogers did and sings a couple tunes in his easy-going manner. Not a film to rush to see, but very nice viewing.


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