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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shooting commenced at the Goldwyn studio on 11 January 1961. The film was announced and shot entirely as St. George and the 7 Curses. Richard Markowitz was signed to compose the music score on 6 March 1961. On 22 May 1961 United Artists announced they were changing the title to The Magic Sword. Although the screen credits give the official copyright date as 1961, Variety did not get to preview the film until 6 April 1962 at the Academy Awards Theatre. The AFI Catalog lists the first known theatrical screening as 28 March 1962 in Louisville, Kentucky. See more »

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Even though modern Italian state did not exist until 1861, the region corresponding to it has been referred to as "Italy" since Roman times. And during the setting of this film, they would've spoken a form of Italian. And they would've been referred to as Italian-Speakers or Italians.

Also, between 800 A.D. and 1806, there was an entity called the "Kingdom of Italy" which consisted of mostly of Northern and Central Italy except for Venice. It was one of the three constituent kingdoms of the so called Holly Roman Empire along with Germany and Burgundy. They were nominally ruled by the German Holy Roman Emperor, but in reality, central government was usually non-existent so the "Kingdom of Italy" only existed on paper.

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Quotes

Lodac: Take Sir George to the dungeon.
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Crazy Credits

Ross Wheat (dragon-puppet operator) as "dragon trainer". See more »

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Good cheap fun
10 June 2005 | by jawlawSee all my reviews

I saw this film at a matinée in 1962 when I was seven. I remembered it over the years as 70 minutes of pure excitement. I watched it again on DVD with my kids. Yes, it is low budget. Yes, it has cheesy special effects by today's standards. Yes, it has a corny plot and weak acting from some of the characters. Yet, I found it to have charm and my kids were just as enthralled as I was 43 years ago when I suspended my disbelief in the dark of the Saturday matinée. This film is, in its genre, a minor classic. Further, Basil Rathbone as the heavy is very good in the waning years of his life and career--much better than Torin Thatcher who played similar "heavy" roles in similar adventure movies.


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