Knights of the Round Table

Knights of the Round Table

Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor, Mel Ferrer


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MGM's first CinemaScope production was the lavishly appointed Knights of the Round Table. Without overlapping into any copyrighted material (specifically T.H. White's The Once and Future King), the film spins a lucid account of the King Arthur legend. The good king is played by Mel Ferrer, while Queen Guenevere is essayed by Ava Gardner. Arthur's efforts to create a perfect society in Camelot are compromised when Guenevere falls in love with trusted knight Sir Lancelot (Robert Taylor). The ambitious Mordred (Stanley Baker) uses his knowledge of the Queen's indiscretion to destroy both Camelot and King Arthur's round table. Most of the story material in Knights of the Round Table is lifted from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2012
UPC: 0883316486269
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 8,715

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Introduction by Mel Ferrer; Premiere Newsreel; Vintage Concert Hall; Musical Short Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ava Gardner Guinevere
Robert Taylor Sir Lancelot of the Lake
Mel Ferrer King Arthur
Anne Crawford Morgan Le Fay
Stanley Baker Sir Modred
Gabriel Woolf Percival
Felix Aylmer Merlin
Maureen Swanson Elaine
Anthony Forwood Gareth
Robert Urquhart Sir Gawaine
Niall MacGinnis Green Knight
Ann Hanslip Nan
Jill Clifford Bronwyn
Stephen Vercoe Agravaine
John Brooking Bedivere
Peter Gawthorne Bishop
Alan Tilvern Steward
John Sherman Lambert
Mary Germaine Brigid
Martin Wyldeck John
Barry Mackay Green Knight's First Squire
Derek Tansley Green Knight's Squire
Roy Russell Leogrance
Howard Marion-Crawford Simon
Dana Wynter Vivien

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Frank Clarke Editor
Stephen Dade Cinematographer
Roger Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Howard Special Effects
Talbot Jennings Screenwriter
Alfred Junge Art Director
Noel Langley Screenwriter
Jan Lustig Screenwriter
Charles Parker Makeup
Hans Peters Art Director
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Freddie Young Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Knights of the Round Table
1. Credits and Foreword [2:00]
2. Excalibur [3:32]
3. Different Paths [4:15]
4. Nest of Knaves [4:34]
5. Crossed Swords [4:07]
6. New Allegiances [2:19]
7. Rightful King? [3:25]
8. Christmas Gift [2:53]
9. Battling Modred [4:24]
10. Victory [3:10]
11. While That Man Lives [2:00]
12. Lady's Champion [4:58]
13. Royal Wedding [2:37]
14. Queen's Champion [2:09]
15. The Table Round [:54]
16. Turtledove Watchers [:40]
17. A Delicate Matter [3:35]
18. Guinevere's Request [4:08]
19. The Tenderest Heart [4:33]
20. Goodly Knight's Fall [2:51]
21. Grail Tale [4:01]
22. Restless Hearts [5:08]
23. Merlin Murdered [4:52]
24. Return to Camelot [4:31]
25. Proof of Treason [4:00]
26. Death at the Door [3:33]
27. Escape in the Night [3:35]
28. Punishment [1:59]
29. The Last Word [5:38]
30. Serpent and Sword [1:30]
31. Twixt Brothers [2:33]
32. To the Death [4:23]
33. Vision of Peace [4:09]
34. Cast List [1:55]

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Knights of the Round Table 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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'Knights of the Round Table' was MGM's first feature produced in the newly christened widescreen format of Cinemascope and director, Richard Thorpe¿s inexperience with its 2:35:1 aspect ratio, in retrospect, is the stumbling block from which the film never recovers. As an audience we are treated to drawn out battle scenes (that are thrillingly photographed), as well as lavish spectacle. But the look and feel of the film is very stoic and theatrical, like early films based on the works of Shakespeare. Robert Taylor, usually so natural, is, on this occasion, uncomfortable and stiff as Lancelot. Mel Ferrer fairs only slightly better as King Arthur. Ava Gardner is wasted as Gueneviere. If you don¿t know the story already, Gueneviere steps out on Arthur with Lancelot, causing the noble pursuit of Camelot to implode. The sets are excessively artificial looking and rear projection photography becomes glaringly obvious in long shots. Over all, for its historical context in the early days of widescreen film, more than for its overall entertainment value, 'Knights' is a worthwhile movie. Warner Home Video has given us a generally good looking print. No attempt has been made to remove age related artifacts from the negative. Overall, the quality of the transfer is very smooth though, at times, it can seem somewhat digitally harsh. Exterior footage tends to suffer from a considerable amount of film grain while interiors are better balanced. Black levels are perhaps a bit weak and fine details are lost in darker scenes. Close ups look gorgeous. Long shots suffer from pixelization. Fades between scenes suffer from a sudden grainy transition that was customary for all early Cinemascope film stock of this period. The audio is stereo surround and amply provided for considering the limitations in the original recording. Extras include Mel Ferrer¿s comment on the production, a movietone trailer and the film's original theatrical trailer. This is not a bad movie but it remains an incredibly dated one. Nevertheless, 'Knights of the Round Table' offers up a good example of vintage Cinemascope film making from the 1950's.