The Black Knight

The Black Knight

Tay Garnett (1954)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


A humble sword-maker in the kingdom of King Arthur sets out to prove his worth as a knight in a bid to impress a nobleman's daughter. While fighting to foil an invasion, he discovers the attacking army is in league with traitors in the royal court. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Alan Ladd, Peter Cushing, Patricia Medina, Patrick Troughton and John Laurie.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Tay Garnett
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd