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Friday, December 28, 2012

A Connecticut Yankee (1955)

When his fiancee (Gale Sherwood) catches him with an old flame (Janet Blair) at his bachelor party, she hits the groom to be (Eddie Albert) over the head with a bottle. When he wakes up, he finds himself in King Arthur's (Boris Karloff) court in Camelot. Mark Twain's novel A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT has been filmed several times including a 1931 film with Will Rogers and a 1949 musical with Bing Crosby. This version in based on the 1927 Broadway musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (the Crosby musical was not based on the Rodgers & Hart show). The show was heavily altered for a 1943 revival with some new songs and this version harkins back to the 1927 version but keeping some of the new songs from the 1943 version. All versions play fast and loose with the original Twain novel. This one's plot is rather lame and clumsily executed. But oh those wonderful Rodgers & Hart tunes: Thou Swell, To Keep My Alive and My Heart Stood Still among them. Directed by Max Liebman. With John Conte, Bambi Linn, Rod Alexander (who also did the choreography) and Leonard Elliott as Merlin.

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