A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949)

1889 was the year that Mark Twain had this story published, as one person must to be careful if he’s travelled back in time to the medieval ages, as how he must get back to his own time after the adventure is over. In this 1949 comedy musical, Bing Crosby is that person as he gets himself into a real ‘knight-mare’ to remember.

After Bing Crosby as an American mechanic from Connecticut, USA took a hit to the head, on his way back home during a thunderstorm, he was sent back in time to the medieval ages when King Arthur was alive and very old in merry old England. He still has Merlin and his Knights of the Round Table too. However, it was his final years before his death.

Some say that King Arthur and his knights was killed in a final conflict like for what happened in the very end of “Excalibur”. But in this version, it was his final years before he died of old age. And yes, he does contain his sword called Excalibur. Unfortunately, no Queen Guinevere. Must’ve died of old age before King Arthur was next. And no dragons in this romantic comedy musical also.

They believe that Bing Crosby’s character, was a new kind of wizard, which made Merlin very jealous of him. Which was why he was after him, but not Morgan La Fay, that dastardly woman. After having a love affair with Lancelot’s fiancé, outsmarting the medieval people, he was brought to a showdown with Merlin and an rebellious Irishman as he was then brought back to his own time.

For a success, 9.5 out of 10 stars is what I give. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 Excellent. In fact, this is one of my favourites on King Arthur such as this, “Excalibur” from 1981, “First Knight” from 1995, and that 1975 comedy movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.

Other King Arthur movies such as “Transformers: The Last Knight” & “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” that they only mention him? UNACCEPTABLE. 🚫🚫🚫🚫 Cause we do not want to get involved with alien robots from another world that are after the secrets of King Arthur, and for how they want to burn the Earth to a cinder, as well as how the holy grail got lost when it got the attention of greedy German people when they went going after it.

Since then, a ton of artists have been inspired by this as they did their own versions of this Mark Twain story. For example, animator Chuck Jones that after seeing this, he did a Looney Tunes cartoon called ‘Knight-Mare Hare’ as Bugs Bunny was in the medieval ages for only 5 minutes after an apple landed on his old fashioned hairdryer. The funny bit was that dragon who ran off frightened after Bugs Bunny put out his fire breath with water.

Another example, would be “Army of Darkness” from director Sam Rami. A 20th century guy (Bruce Campbell) who faced the evil dead in the beginning of the film, was sent back in time by a portal. He had to face an army of darkness that could get their hands on him and a book too, that can send himself back to his own time. And never face the evil dead again. Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert didn’t like for what Mr. Rami did, cause they think that they’re absolutely ridiculous.

“Black Knight” with Martin Lawrence? I’m not sure about that, but I know that after he gets back into his own time in the end, he ends up going back in time again by entering the Coliseum in Ancient Rome where he gets chased by man eating lions, ending the movie.

But the most stupidest one as a spin off, was that lousy BobPants SpongeSquare cartoon episode of ‘Dunces & Dragons’. I can’t tell you, but aggressive seahorses made them go back to be lost in time. And that jellyfish dragon was really obtuse. Thumbs down indeed. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 No thanks to Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the show before his death.

So by watching this, only at night, it’s a knight-mare tale to remember. Even if you need to watch out for both black knights and the silver ones in shining armour.

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