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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.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Alec Coppel (original screenplay), Dennis O'Keefe (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... John
Patricia Medina ... Linet
André Morell ... Sir Ontzlake (as Andre Morell)
Harry Andrews ... Earl Of Yeonil
Peter Cushing ... Sir Palamides
Anthony Bushell ... King Arthur
Laurence Naismith ... Major Domo
Patrick Troughton ... King Mark
Bill Brandon Bill Brandon ... Bernard
Ronald Adam ... The Abbot
Basil Appleby Basil Appleby ... Sir Hal
Thomas Moore Thomas Moore ... The Apprentice
Jean Lodge Jean Lodge ... Queen Guenevere
Pauline Jameson ... Lady Yeonil
John Kelly ... The Woodchopper
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Alan Ladd's greatest ! Bigger than ever ! Better than ever ! Bolder than ever ! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | History

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le serment du chevalier noir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the conclusive battle scene between the Saracens and Arthurian knights, one Arthurian combatant lies defeated and dead, only to turn his head while the knights rush past him. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Everything or Nothing (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Whistling Gypsy
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Sad Film from 1954
16 August 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

It is quite obvious when you see this film that Alan Ladd had dark demon's he was facing in real life, his fight with alcohol which was showing in his face, even though he was getting older and his career was starting to diminish in Hollywood.

Alan Ladd plays the role of John, a blacksmith who makes excellent swords and also becomes the Black Knight who fights against threats against King Arthur and his Court. John is in love with Linet, (Patricia Medina) who is the daughter of the Earl of Yeonil, (Peter Cushing), but is impossible for her to marry a Commoner and so John learns the skills of a knight and seeks to become a Knight in King Arthur Court. There is plenty of swords flashing all around and lots of arrows flying through the air. This is an entertaining 1954 film but rather disappointing.


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