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Knights of the Round Table (22-Dec-1953)

Director: Richard Thorpe

Writers: Talbot Jennings; Jan Lustig; Noel Langley

From novel: Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

Music by: Miklos Rozsa

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Keywords: Action/Adventure

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Felix Aylmer
21-Feb-1889 2-Sep-1979 Henry V
Stanley Baker
8-Feb-1927 28-Jun-1976 Knights of the Round Table
Mel Ferrer
25-Aug-1917 2-Jun-2008 War and Peace
Ava Gardner
24-Dec-1922 25-Jan-1990 The Barefoot Contessa
Niall MacGinnis
29-Mar-1913 6-Jan-1977 49th Parallel
Robert Taylor
5-Aug-1911 8-Jun-1969 Quo Vadis


Robert Taylor   ...   Lancelot
Ava Gardner   ...   Guinevere
Mel Ferrer   ...   Arthur
Anne Crawford   ...   Morgan Le Fay
Stanley Baker   ...   Modred
Felix Aylmer   ...   Merlin
Maureen Swanson   ...   Elaine
Gabriel Woolf   ...   Percival
Anthony Forwood   ...   Gareth
Robert Urquhart   ...   Gawaine
Niall MacGinnis   ...   Green Knight
Ann Hanslip   ...   Nan
Jill Clifford   ...   Bronwyn
Stephen Vercoe   ...   Agravaine


Review by Carlos A. Matas (posted on 8-Jul-2007)

Saw it as a boy when it came out. Now --well into maturity, to put it mildly--I have seen it again...a good, solid, American family film. Nothing exceptional, but, again, solidly structured, well acted by all, with beautiful photography and costumes and good epic music by --who else-- my favorite movie composer, Miklos Rozsa, who would actually outdo himself some years later. The message --typical of the 50's-- is of course valuable today: chivalry, loyalty, and struggle with the passions. The line's still valid: "...a man and a woman can love each other with no evil...so is the heart purified." Only the innocent Percival can see the Holy Grail --Lancelot was noble and brave but not so innocent. Ferrer thanks to his Irish mother could be a good King Arthur --can you imagine, Cuban father? He was no Ricky Ricardo, thank the Lord. So Taylor is strong and loyal, Baker is strong and disloyal and Ava Gardner is beautiful and undecided...(at that time only anglos were beautiful, of course). For a review, that's about it. Nothing memorable, but good stuff. (One last thing..would you believe my sister -who's not dumb you may be sure- thought it was the bad guys of Modred who threw the snake out in the final battle? No, my dear, the poor snake just came out for a little crawl, unsuspecting the consequences to the English nation and the noble King Arthur.)

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