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Genres: Comedy , Family , Fantasy
Actors: Bing Crosby , Rhonda Fleming , Cedric Hardwicke , William Bendix , Murvyn Vye , Virginia Field , Joseph Vitale , Henry Wilcoxon , Richard Webb , Alan Napier , Julia Faye , Mary Field , Ann Carter
Director: Tay Garnett
Country: United States
Year: 1949
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 (1201 votes)

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.

Film Review

Mark Twain's book had already inspired "a Yank at Oxford";both this movie and Tay Garnett's feature a gorgeous lady:Vivien Leigh in the former,Rhonda Fleming in the latter.What a good idea to have the characters speak old English!For once ,it's not the easy way out.The myth of the Knights of the Round Table is given a rough ride:Merlin becomes the villain probably for the first and last time in the history of cinema,the fair knights shows a tendency to embroider the truth and to "invent" their exploits,king Arthur is an old white -bearded man who never stops sneezing and Lancelot is not even handsome. No Guinevere either.Unlike in "Brigadoon" ,in the Middle Ages ,they made it rough all over the placeThe Yank has to expend a lot of energy and boundless ingenuity to escape from the stake and the block;the eclipse trick was also used by Hergé in the adventures of Tintin " Le Temple Du Soleil" aka "prisoners of the sun"…

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 a…

50 years old, this musical comedy fantasy might look its age, but it wears it with dignity.This film is still great fun. Crosby was never really romantic lead material, but he delivers the material with the lightly humorous edge it needs. Bendix plays broad and is huge fun in a part which calls upon his strengths. Hardwicke – how joyous for a knight of the realm – a genuine one – to throw himself into caperings like this with such abandon. And Rhonda Fleming enjoys herself in the least showy of the main roles. Only Murvyn Vye disappoints as an unconvincing Merlin.Though not a musical, the songs are very good, and the "dance" routine accompanying Busy Doing Nothing is perfect – funny, appropriate, dexterous without being challenging, and making a virtue out of Crosby's musical movement which, let's be fair, was inherently amusing due to its never being his greatest strength.The colour is fine, the sound is a little muddy in places.And the story – well, it takes some…

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