A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1921 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Connecticut Yankee 1921.jpg
Theatrical poster featuring star Harry Myers with the spirit of Mark Twain peering over his shoulder
Directed by Emmett J. Flynn
Produced by William Fox
Written by Berhard McConville
Based on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 
by Mark Twain
Starring Harry Myers
Pauline Starke
Rosemary Theby
George Siegmann
Cinematography Lucien Andriot
Edited by C.R. Wallace
Distributed by Fox Film
Release date(s) September 11, 1921
Running time 80+ minutes
8 reels (8,291 feet)
Country US
Language Silent film English Intertitle

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a 1921 American silent film adaptation of Mark Twain's 1889 novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The film was produced by the Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox) and directed by Emmett J. Flynn based on a screenplay by Bernard McConville. It is notable as the first film adaptation of Twain's novel[1] and as the first film about time travel to the past.[2]

The film stars Harry Myers as the titular Yankee Martin Cavendish. After reading Twain's novel, Cavendish dreams that he, like Twain's protagonist Henry Morgan, is transported back to the time of King Arthur (Charles Clary), where he must use modern know-how to outwit the king's foes Morgan le Fay (Rosemary Theby) and Merlin (William V. Mong). The screenplay modernizes the novel with many contemporary references, including mentions of Ford Model Ts, the Volstead Act, and the Battle of the Argonne Forest.[1] The film was popular, and its success likely encouraged Fox to produce the later sound film adaptation of the novel, A Connecticut Yankee.[1] According to author Barbara Leaming, the film's hanging scene inspired Tom Hepburn, brother of Katharine Hepburn, to commit suicide in 1921.[3]

According to silentera.com, only reels 2, 4 and 7 survive.[4] Likewise the Library of Congress silent film database has the film incomplete.[5] [6]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was the seventh biggest hit of 1922 in the US and Canada.[7]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c Grellner, Alice; and Harty, Kevin J. (1991). "Films". In Norris J. Lacy, The New Arthurian Encyclopedia, p. 152. (New York: Garland, 1991). ISBN 0-8240-4377-4.
  2. ^ The American Film Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film I
  3. ^ Leaming, Barbara. Katharine Hepburn. (1992). p. 191-203
  4. ^ "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". silentera.com. 
  5. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  6. ^ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court at TheGreatStars.com; Lost Films Wanted
  7. ^ Variety list of box office champions for 1922
Bibliography

External links[edit]