King Arthur Was a Gentleman

King Arthur Was a Gentleman is a 1942 British, black-and-white, comedy, musical film, directed by Marcel Varnel and starring Arthur Askey.[1] It was produced by Edward Black and Maurice Ostrer for Gainsborough Pictures.

King Arthur Was a Gentleman
Directed byMarcel Varnel
Written byMarriott Edgar (writer)
Val Guest (writer)
Produced byEdward Black (producer)
StarringArthur Askey
Evelyn Dall
Peter Graves
Ronald Shiner
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
Edited byR. E. Dearing
Music byBob Busby
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
  • 28 December 1942 (1942-12-28)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Set during World War II, the plot involves the undersized Arthur joining the army to prove himself to his girlfriend Susan (Evelyn Dall), who is in the same unit as him. Here, his idealistic notions about King Arthur prompt his messmates to trick him into believing that a sword they have dug up is the fabled Excalibur. Armed with this talisman Arthur strides forth to deal with the Wehrmacht.



  • Arthur Askey - "You Know What King Arthur Said"
  • Arthur Askey - "Honey On My Mind"
  • Anne Shelton - "Why Can't It Happen To Me?"
  • Evelyn Dall - "You'll Love The Army"
  • Evelyn Dall - "Got A Bee In My Bonnet"
  • Evelyn Dall - "Actions Speak Louder Than Words"


  1. ^ "King Arthur Was a Gentleman (1942) - IMDb".

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