Unidentified Flying Oddball

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Unidentified Flying Oddball
Unidentified Flying Oddball poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Russ Mayberry
Produced by Ron Miller
Written by Don Tait
Based on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court novel by Mark Twain
Starring Dennis Dugan
Jim Dale
Ron Moody
Kenneth More
John Le Mesurier
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Edited by Peter Boita
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
July 26, 1979
Country United Kingdom
United States[1]
Language English

Unidentified Flying Oddball (also known as The Spaceman and King Arthur and A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court) 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 NASA employee 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.[2][3]



The spacecraft that was featured in this movie was on display at the Blackgang Chine theme park in the Isle of Wight.

1995 adaptation[edit]

Disney’s A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995), likewise based on the aforementioned novel, follows the same premise: a contemporary American male (in this case, an adolescent) travels back in time to the 6th century and King Arthur’s Camelot, impressing the inhabitants with technology from the distant future. Moody again plays Merlin in the film, on this occasion as a more sympathetic character.


  1. ^ "Unidentified Flying Oddball". American Film Institute. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Mayberry, Russ (2004-08-03), The Unidentified Flying Oddball, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, retrieved 2016-08-27 
  3. ^ "The Spaceman and King Arthur (Unidentified Flying Oddball)". 26 July 1979. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 

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