During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.
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
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 »
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.
Still, "Sir Anthony of Italy" would not have been an incorrect title. See more »
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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