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The Magic Sword (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | April 1962 (USA)
The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, embarks on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

Bert I. Gordon (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay) (as Bernard Schoenfeld)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Rathbone ... Lodac
Estelle Winwood ... Sybil
Gary Lockwood ... Sir George
Anne Helm ... Princess Helene
Liam Sullivan ... Sir Branton
Danielle De Metz ... Mignonette
Merritt Stone Merritt Stone ... King
Jacques Gallo Jacques Gallo ... Sir Dennis of France
David Cross David Cross ... Sir Pedro of Spain
John Mauldin John Mauldin ... Sir Patrick of Ireland
Taldo Kenyon Taldo Kenyon ... Sir Anthony of Italy
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Sir James of Scotland
Leroy Johnson Leroy Johnson ... Sir Ulrich of Germany
Marlene Callahan Marlene Callahan ... Princess Grace
Nick Bon Tempi Nick Bon Tempi ... Left Siamese Twin
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Storyline

George, the son of the sorceress Sybil, has been watching the beautiful Princess Helene from afar and is very much in love with her. When she is kidnapped by the evil wizard Lodac, the king her father announces that she will be given in marriage to whoever rescues her. The first to volunteer is Sir Branton who expects to undertake the task alone. George, over his mother's objections, also decides to save her and is accompanied by six ancient knights. The journey is perilous with Lodac placing a series of challenges before them. Many in the group do not survive but George must eventually face Lodac's greatest challenge - his dragon. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. George and the Dragon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Richard Kiel doesn't feature in the screen credits for this movie, the Variety review dated 11 April 1962 provides a cast list which includes "Pinhead No.1" played by "Dick Kiel." See more »

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When the pinhead henchman drops the cage of little people, they are seen completely escaping; yet a moment later they are seen escaping again from a different angle. See more »

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Lodac: [chuckling] You don't like Sir Branton? Oh, come now. A damsel in distress can't afford to pick and choose.
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A surprisingly good film
16 August 2008 | by RBlake77See all my reviews

A friend of mine lent me their copy of The Magic Sword, a 1962 film directed by Bert I. Gordon. While it's still fresh on my mind, I thought I would crank out a review.

The film is based loosely on the medieval legend of St. George and the Dragon, or so I read on Wikipedia. I don't know much about the legend myself, but I probably would after a bit of searching.

Anyway, the plot of The Magic Sword is your typical "brave knight goes on a quest to save a princess from an evil wizard" deal. The sword in the title has to do with the fact that the main character wields a sword that apparently has some kind of magical powers.

Despite the use of the tired old "save the princess" plot, the film itself is surprisingly good and was a lot of fun to watch. The acting is just a bit on the hammy side, but I think it's one of the things that made watching the film fun. The film moves along nicely from scene to scene and didn't seem to drag anywhere. The special effects, though a bit cheesy compared to what we're used to seeing these days, were still pretty good considering the time the film was done. The dragon effects near the end were really cool.

There might be a scene or three that might be deemed inappropriate for very young children. There's some boobage, though very brief, near the beginning (although the version I saw blotted it out with a mosaic... the bastards). A couple of other scenes were just due to some really disturbing makeup effects. Other than that, the film is pretty family friendly.

Overall I recommend this film. It was fun to watch and there was never a dull moment. But mostly because Basil Rathbone is such a badass as the evil wizard.


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