Lively Technicolor version of Twain’s original, neatly reworked as a musical vehicle for Bing Crosby. However, this is far more faithful to the original than were its two predecessors.
Crosby is the turn-of-the-century lad who is knocked on the bonce and transported back to sixth-century Olde Englande. Using his knowledge of the future, he earns the title of ‘Sir Boss’ while unfuriating nasty wizard Merlin (Vye) and winning the hand of Melisande (Fleming) into the bargain. A tad overlong, but the musical numbers and general bounciness of the whole shebang divert attention from that.
Cast: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix, Murvyn Vye, Virginia Field, Joseph Vitale, Henry Wilcoxon, Richard Webb, Alan Napier, Julia Faye, Mary Field, Ann Carter, John George, Lucille Barkley, Charles Coleman, Al Bain
Director: Tay Garnett
Script: Mark Twain, Edmund Beloin
Running Time: 106 minutes
Released 18 April 1949
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music
Country: United States of America
Production Companies: Paramount