The Black Knight

  • U
  • Tay Garnett (1954)
  • UK / US
  • 86 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This underrated Alan Ladd vehicle was released a year after his leading role in the classic western Shane, with the actor taking advantage of a concession that enabled American film stars working abroad to be exempt from exorbitant US tax burdens. No, that's not the plot, just the reason for his presence. The story has Ladd playing a common swordsmith whose love for a nobleman's daughter leads him to adopt the guise of the Black Knight in order to prove his worth. Skilled director Tay Garnett - who also made The Postman Always Rings Twice and, more relevantly, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - brings a fair amount of boisterous charm to this not-to-be-taken-seriously studio-bound Arthurian romp. The 1950s Technicolor is absolutely splendid - check out the clarity of Ladd's blue eyes and blond hair - and the supporting cast of British stalwarts such as Peter Cushing and Harry Andrews is a joy to behold. A better script wouldn't really have helped - and doesn't really matter.

Plot Summary

Period romantic adventure starring Alan Ladd. Problems arise for a swordsmith when he falls in love with a nobleman's daughter, so he sets out to prove himself under the guise of "The Black Knight".

Cast and crew

Cast

John
Alan Ladd
Linet
Patricia Medina
Sir Ontzlake
André Morell
Earl of Yeonil
Harry Andrews
Sir Palamides
Peter Cushing
King Arthur
Anthony Bushell
Major Domo
Laurence Naismith
King Mark
Patrick Troughton
Bernard
Bill Brandor
Abbot
Ronald Adam
Sir Hal
Basil Appleby
Apprentice
Thomas Moore
Queen Guinevere
Jean Lodge

Crew

Director
Tay Garnett

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Categories
Drama

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