Knights of the Round Table, 1953, Is Playing on TCM on April 14

Knights of the Round Table, 1953, is playing on Wednesday, April 14, at 10:15 a.m. est.

The film was highly successful costing $2,616,000.00 and making a profit of $1,641,000.00 or $14,536,985.95 in today’s money.

1953 — American actors Ava Gardner and Robert Taylor on the set of Knights of the Round Table, directed by Richard Thorpe. — Image by © Kobal/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

This is a fine example of ’50’s style epics. Big name cast, colorful costumes,flashy swordplay, beautiful damsels and wild inaccuracies. The great Robert Taylor, who starred in several historical movies, is the honorable Sir Lancelot, a far more noble and pure portrayal than was recorded in all the legends, Ava Gardner is the stunningly beautiful Queen Guinevere, the ever dependable Felix Aylmer is the mysterious Merlin, Mel Ferer is a somewhat subdued and less than charismatic King Arthur. See it for the spectacle, costumes, word-play filled dialog and over the top Stanley Baker as Sir Mordred. Lancelot’s joust with Niall Mac Ginnis is very well done. 8 stars for pure eye filling entertainment value. Review by Wayner50 (United States) for the IMDB.

Some behind-the-scenes photos:

coffee
Coffee with Ava Gardner
Phoning.
Big Horse
Robert Taylor hated armor.
Waiting
Mel Ferrer
And Waiting.
And Waiting.

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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4 Responses to Knights of the Round Table, 1953, Is Playing on TCM on April 14

  1. Jen says:

    Thanks, Judith! I wanted to ask you if there is a site that shows how movies did at the box office in the old days? I have watched several of Robert Taylor’s movies in the last few weeks and was curious. Hope you are recovering…take care.

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  2. giraffe44 says:

    Hi, Jen. There is. it’s a list MGM compiled. I think Eddie Strickland did it. I think Ii have it somewhere and if I find it, I’ll let you know. I’m a lot better although not 100%. I finally got a Covid shot Monday. Thanks for writing. Judith

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  3. giraffe44 says:

    Jen, I’ll look for it. Juditth

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