A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court (1920)

Comedy-drama | December 1920

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HISTORY

This film was copyrighted under the title The Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court . It was listed in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1006. It opened in Los Angeles in Dec 1920, but may not have opened nationally until Feb 1921. Among the other film versions of Twain's novel are the 1931 Fox film A Connecticut Yankee , starring Will Rogers and directed by David Butler, and the 1949 Paramount film A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , starring Bing Crosby and directed by Tay ... More Less

This film was copyrighted under the title The Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court . It was listed in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1006. It opened in Los Angeles in Dec 1920, but may not have opened nationally until Feb 1921. Among the other film versions of Twain's novel are the 1931 Fox film A Connecticut Yankee , starring Will Rogers and directed by David Butler, and the 1949 Paramount film A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , starring Bing Crosby and directed by Tay Garnett. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
12 Feb 21
p. 1065.
MPN
12 Feb 21
p. 1383.
MPN
26 Feb 21
pp. 1673-1682.
MPW
24 May 19
p. 1126.
MPW
12 Feb 21
p. 805.
New York Times
15 Mar 21
p. 14.
Variety
28 Jan 21
p. 40.
Wid's
6 Feb 21
p. 3.
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1920
Copyright Claimant:
The Mark Twain Co.
Copyright Date:
20 December 1920
Copyright Number:
LP16111
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,291
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wealthy young Martin Cavendish, whose mother wants him to marry Lady Gordon, is in love with Betty, his mother's secretary. One night, while reading about the Age of Chivalry, he is knocked unconscious by a burglar. In a dream he finds himself in sixth century England and is taken to the castle of King Arthur. His use of American slang complicates matters. Merlin, the king's magician, suggests that he be burned at the stake, but he escapes death by accurately predicting an eclipse of the sun. Martin is knighted as Sir Boss and proceeds to provide the castle with the latest improvements: telephones, plumbing, and automobiles. After rescuing a damsel from the wicked Queen Morgan le Fay, Martin accepts a challenge from Sir Sagramore in a tournament in which he is victorious with his lariat. He awakens from his trance, and elopes with his mother's ... +


Wealthy young Martin Cavendish, whose mother wants him to marry Lady Gordon, is in love with Betty, his mother's secretary. One night, while reading about the Age of Chivalry, he is knocked unconscious by a burglar. In a dream he finds himself in sixth century England and is taken to the castle of King Arthur. His use of American slang complicates matters. Merlin, the king's magician, suggests that he be burned at the stake, but he escapes death by accurately predicting an eclipse of the sun. Martin is knighted as Sir Boss and proceeds to provide the castle with the latest improvements: telephones, plumbing, and automobiles. After rescuing a damsel from the wicked Queen Morgan le Fay, Martin accepts a challenge from Sir Sagramore in a tournament in which he is victorious with his lariat. He awakens from his trance, and elopes with his mother's secretary. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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