Starring George Reeves, Charles King, William Fawcett, Pat Barton, Lois Hall, Don C. Harvey,
Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet.
Runtime: 252 min.
The legendary Knights of the Round Table came to the screen in 1949 courtesy of
penny-pinching serial producer Sam Katzman. A pre-Superman George Reeves starred in
the title role, a knight who, in order to join King Arthur (Nelson Leigh) and his famous table,
must obtain the missing sword Excalibur whose powers can render a person invisible. Sir
Galahad is hindered in his quest by the occupying Saxons in general and by Merlin the
magician (William Fawcett) and a mysterious Black Knight (Leonard Penn) in particular. All
the legendary characters appear in this serial, including Morgan Le Fay (Pat Barton); Sir
Lancelot (Hugh Prosser); Queen Guinevere (Marjorie Stapp); and Sir Gawain (Rick Vallin).
Katzman and screenwriters George H. Plympton, Lewis Clay and David Mathews added a
rotund sidekick, Bors, played, surprisingly, by veteran B-Western menace Charles King.