all the kings men

all the king’s men

Name: all the king's men

Other Names: Four-score Men and Four-score more; Threescore men and threescore more; Forty Doctors and forty wrights

Classification: supporting characters supporting characters   group group  

Publisher(s): Bygone Productions

First Appearance: Juvenile Amusements (1797): "Humpty Dumpty"

Creators: Samuel Arnold

Number of Appearances: 2

   TV, Film Appearances: 1

   Prose/Text Book/Story Appearances: 1

Ally: all the king's horses

Note: couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again

The nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" is well known in the following form:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

But the earliest known printed version of the nursery rhyme differs from this and does not mention the king's horses. It reads as follows:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Four-score Men and Four-score more,
Could not make Humpty Dumpty where he was before.

Other versions of the nursery rhyme include other variations on the identification of the men who try to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

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This character is in the following 12 stories which have been indexed by this website:
All the King's Horses (2011)
Babes in Toyland (1934)
Foodledoo and Peekaboo in Humpty Dumpty's Big Surprise (2008)
Four Color #41 (Apr. 1944): "Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Comics"
Greedy Humpty Dumpty (1936)
Humpty (2011)
Humpty Dumpty (1935) (mentioned)
Juvenile Amusements (1797): "Humpty Dumpty"
Max Hamm: Fairy Tale Detective (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 2002): "The Big Sheep"
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990)
NCIS - Season 1, Episode 21 (11 May 2004): "Split Decision" (mentioned)
Super Why! - Season 1, Episode 3 (5 Sep. 2007): "Humpty Dumpty"

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