Unidentified Flying Oddball
|Unidentified Flying Oddball|
|Directed by||Russ Mayberry|
|Produced by||Hugh Attwooll
Ron W. Miller
|Written by||Mark Twain (novel)
Don Tait (screen story)
|Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Release date(s)||USA: July 26, 1979|
Unidentified Flying Oddball, also known as The Spaceman and King Arthur, is a 1979 film adaptation of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, directed by Russ Mayberry and produced by Walt Disney Productions. Subsequently re-released in the United States under the titles The Spaceman and King Arthur and A Spaceman in King Arthur’s Court, the film starred Dennis Dugan as astronaut Tom Trimble who unintentionally travels back in time with his look-alike android Hermes. Trimble’s NASA spacecraft travels faster than the speed of light, landing him and the android near King Arthur’s Camelot, where – with the aid of their 20th century technology – they must defeat a plot by the evil Sir Mordred and Merlin to oust King Arthur from the throne.
Like Twain's original novel (as well as the 1949 movie adaptation starring Bing Crosby) Merlin is presented as an evil character intent on dethroning Arthur.
- Dennis Dugan*...Tom Trimble/Hermes
- Jim Dale...Sir Mordred
- Ron Moody...Merlin
- Kenneth More...King Arthur
- John Le Mesurier...Sir Gawain
- Rodney Bewes...Clarence
- Sheila White...Alisande
- Robert Beatty...Senator Milburn
- Cyril Shaps...Dr. Zimmerman
- Kevin Brennan...Winston
- Ewen Solon...Watkins
- Pat Roach...Oaf
- Reg Lye...Prisoner
- Harry Maddison... Character Parts including "chicken seller"
* Credited on-screen only as Tom Trimble.
Disney’s A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995), likewise based on the aforementioned novel, follows the same premise: a male (in this case, an adolescent) from the 20th century travels back in time to King Arthur’s Camelot and impresses the inhabitants with technology from the distant future. Moody again plays Merlin in the film, on this occasion as a more sympathetic character.
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