Sir Galahad is refused admission to King Arthur's Round Table until he regains the missing magic sword "Excalibur," which makes its possessor invincible. Ulric, the Saxon King, invades England. Galahad, aided by Sir Bors, attempts to retrieve "Excalibur" from Bartog, Ulric's chief aide, who has gotten it from a mysterious Knight.Merlin the Magician harasses Galahad at every turn, while Morgan le Fey, Arthur's sister and also a magician, helps Galahad fight both Merlin's magic and the Saxons. The Black Knight, a traitor within Camelot, is conspiring with the Saxons and a band of outlaws to overthrow King Arthur. When Queen Guinevere is seized by the traitors, Merlin relents and sends Galahad to the Lady of the Lake, who gives him "Excalibur." Written by
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Chapter Titles: 1. Stolen Sword 2. Galahad's Daring 3. Prisoners of Ulric 4. Attack on Camelot 5. Galahad to the Rescue 6. Passage of Peril 7. Unknown Betrayer 8. Perilous Adventure 9. Treacherous Magic 10.The Sorcerer's Spell 11.Valley of No Return 12.Castle Perilous 13.The Wizard's Vengeance 14.Quest for the Queen 15.Galahad's Triumph. See more »
Galahad gets a medieval Mickey Finn and loses Excalibur
Television's first Superman George Reeves stars in this 15 chapter serial set in mythical Arthurian England as Sir Galahad. You will not see Galahad gain the Holy Grail here. Nor will you see anything resembling the Arthurian tales of legend.
Using the familiar Camelot names we get a tale of young Galahad challenging a couple of King Arthur's knights in a tournament and besting both. Immpressed, the King offers him knighthood and the new man is always given charge of guarding Excalibur. But one of the villains in this piece and there are a few slips him a medieval Mickey Finn and Reeves falls asleep on the job.
That wins him prompt disgrace, but Reeves vows to get the sword Excalibur back or die trying. And with 15 chapters he has 14 near death experiences doing it. Along the way he picks up Sir Bors played by Charles King functioning as a western sidekick.
It certainly was a western set that was used for medieval England. In a film about that period I found it fascinating that no one bothered to cast British players in the roles. One of the most interesting bits of casting was with William Fawcett who later on would be Pete Wilkie of the Broken Wheel ranch in the Fury series. Fawcett played Merlin the Magician and I have to tell you that Felix Aylmer who played Merlin in Knights Of The Round Table is more my idea of Merlin.
Sam Katzman of Monogram Pictures produced this and it was a typical El Cheapo Katzman production. Working at Columbia I should have gotten something better in production values.
I'm not a big fan of serials as an art form so I'm prejudiced against them. But the King Arthur legend has received better treatment on the big and small screen.
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