What’s better than setting out on an adventure and finding romance? Not much!
This week, MovieZoot explores romantic adventures that involve time travel in Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming’s 1949 adventure A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; the attempted hijacking of African uranium in Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones’s 1953 adventure Beat The Devil; the love-on-the-run film in Lynda Carter and Marjoe Gortner’s 1980 drama Bobby Jo and the Outlaw; and Liz Taylor and Van Johnson’s 1954 classic romantic star-crossed lovers in The Last Time I Saw Paris.
This week, love and travel contribute to some classic romantic adventures — so curl up on the couch, wrap yourself in your favorite afghan, and be prepared to travel the rocky road of courtship on the edge!
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
is the 1949 black & white Tay Garntt musical comedy starring Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming that tells the story of a blacksmith who, thrown from his horse in Connecticut circa 1912, wakes up in Arthurian Briton where he helps Camelot’s King Arthur save his kingdom from the evil wizard Merlin. There are also some terrific performances by Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Rhonda Fleming and William Bendix.
Beat the Devil
is the 1953 black & white John Huston action adventure comedy starring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida and Robert Morley telling the story of a motley crew of swindlers and ne’er-do-wells on their way to Africa to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel aboard an ill-fated tramp steamer en route to Mombasa.
Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw
is the 1976 crime drama film directed by Mark L. Lester. It stars Marjoe Gortner and “Wonder Woman” actress Lynda Carter where a young country-star wannabe Bobbie Jo Baker takes off from her carhop career to join with a young, modern Billy the Kid wannabe for an adventure in theft, homicide and mayhem.
The Last Time I Saw Paris
is the 1954 Richard Brooks drama/romance featuring an all-star cast with Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed and Roger Moore in which a post-war soldier/journalist/wannabe novelist in Paris journeys through heart-wrenching love and loss, rags to riches, and a final redemption that is sure to fill a few tissues!