A Connecticut Yankee

A Connecticut Yankee

Director: David Butler Cast: Will Rogers, William Farnum, Myrna Loy

VHS

Overview

This Mark Twain adaptation affords a rare opportunity to enjoy a "collaboration" between two of America's greatest humorists. Will Rogers plays the operator of a tiny radio repair shop, who is called to an old mansion to replace a battery on a dark and stormy night. Here Will meets a scientist (William Farnum) who thinks he can contact King Arthur by radio, a sinister butler (Brandon Hurst), a pair of young lovers who've been forbidden to see one another, and a seductive femme fatale (Myrna Loy). Suffering a blow on the head, Rogers wakes up in 9th-century Camelot. "Could you please tell me where the helleth I am?" Rogers remarks when captured by Sir Sagramor (Brandon Hurst); condemned to burn at the stake as a "sorcerer," Rogers saves himself by pretending to conjure up a solar eclipse. Dubbed Sir Boss, Rogers brings 20th-century mechanization to Camelot, taking time out for long, ad-libbed ramblings about the state of the world in 1931. Sir Boss' new friend King Arthur (William Farnum) is being undermined by Morgan le Fey (Myrna Loy) and Merlin (Brandon Hurst). After finding out that Clarence is his own ancestor, Rogers races against time to keep Clarence alive and get him married to Melisande (Maureen O'Sullivan). The last-minute ride to the rescue finds King Arthur's knights commandeering Model Ts, tanks and autogiros Connecticut Yankee predates Wizard of Oz by having the characters in Camelot and the residents of the modern-day mansion played by the same actors. In the original prints, Rogers' face was tinted red after receiving a kiss from Myrna Loy; this cute sight gag has been restored by computer to the videocassette version.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/1991
UPC: 0086162169434
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Rogers Hank Martin
William Farnum King Arthur
Myrna Loy Morgan Le Fay
Maureen O'Sullivan Alisande
Frank Albertson Clarence
Mitchell Harris Merlin
Brandon Hurst Sagramor

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Joseph E. Aiken Sound/Sound Designer
William Conselman Screenwriter
William S. Darling Production Designer
Owen Davis Screenwriter
Ralph Hammeras Special Effects
Irene Morra Editor
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Sophie Wachner Costumes/Costume Designer

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