The Adventures of Sir Lancelot 129 The Thieves (13 Apr 1957) typical frame from video
In days of old, when knights were bold, valiant young Lancelot comes to Camelot to join King Arthur's Round Table. In each episode he rights a wrong or rescues a damsel in distress, accompanied by lots of swordplay, horseplay, and scenic backgrounds. Star William Russell would later become famous in Doctor Who as companion Ian Chesterton.
In this episode, King Arthur and Sir Lancelot disguise themselves as thieves in order to test the validity of a statement by Lancelot. The knight believes that the thieves of the kingdom are thieves only because they are starving.
Unlike ITC's other 'Adventures of...' historicals like Robin Hood, half of the 30 episodes of The Adventures of Sir Lancelot were filmed in color, even though in 1957 they were only broadcast in black and white. This is the 11th of the 12 surviving color episodes.
William Russell as Sir Lancelot
Ronald Leigh-Hunt as King Arthur
Cyril Smith as Merlin
Jack Melford as Norrin
Colin Tapley as Lord Vanton
David Morrell as Sir Kay
Peter Assinder as Happy Thief
Sidney Head as Wooden Leg
Edward Judd as Leader of the King's Men
John Dearth as Piggott
Anarose Carrigan as Woman
Noel Davis as Bartender
Writer: Hamish Hamilton Burns
Director: Bernard Knowles