After the 'BIG ONE', WWII, Costume Drama's still were popular and would continued to be so for the next fifth-teen (15) years. Some were big prestige pictures like SAMSON & DELILAH (1949) Paramount or IVANHOE (1952) M.G.M. Others were diminutives like THE SWORDSMAN (1948) Columbia, but they were not the only studios to produce these epics, both major and minor, even those including Serials and T.V.
THE SWORDSMAN had Columbia's fair-haired boy of the day Larry Parks as Alexander MacArden. His main goal is to bring peace between the feuding Clans of the GLOWAN's -vs- MacArden's. High-Lands -vs- Low-Lands, just like Cattlemen -vs- Farmers in the OLD WEST. The film features a strong supporting cast including George MaCready/Robert Glowan, head nasty and general all around skunk. As well as the attractive Ellen Drew/Barbara Glowan. A-lot of double dealing and nefarious goings on before PEACE and TRUE LOVE completes there course.
Filmed in brilliant Three (3) Strip Techni-Color, the film runs a brisk 81". It will not task any 21st Century viewer (one time) and it is appropriate for Family viewing. Larry Park though is not up to Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, let alone Douglas Fairbanks (Sr. & Jr.), etc. Columbia, after Larry Parks' fall through his political associations moved on to John Derek and ex W.B. heart-throb Paul Henried. Showing that if you could just keep your mouth shut and fill a pair of tights you could still have enjoyable employment.
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