Some films you remember with fondness even over their short-comings like THE MAGIC SWORD (1962) IMDb****Stars, directed by MR. B.I.G. himself, Bert I. Gordon. Which my Father and Mother took my Brother and I to see in original release, at a 'Drive-In' theater. Then there is this effort from 1960, a film which would bore any five (5) year old too tears in the 21st Century and drive their Parents to drink. Our recommendation, some heavy duty Martini's. Heavy on the Gin and/or Vodka, light on the Vermouth!
The film illustrates typical MR. B.I.G. features. Inept SFX assisted by his wife MRS. B.I.G. (Flora Gordon). The usual intrusive and over-bearing musical score by hack composer Albert Glasser. Finally a cast of mediocrities, including his daughter Susan, the worse being lead Charles Herbert as JIMMY WARREN.
The young Mr. Herbert in the late 1950s' to the late 1960s' was the face of Child-Stars of the time. He popped up in Commercials, Movies and T.V. shows. Maybe back then he had some sort of endearing features, he does not now. His life though is a cautionary tale of how Parents should NOT handle their Children's hard earned assets. Being left destitute at the end of his career, sound familiar?! Thought the 'Coogan Law' was supposed to have prevented such tragedies, wrong again.
Do yourself a favor and take a pass on this one. There are FAR better Pirate films out there. This film rates up with junk like SWASHBUCKLER (1976) or CUTTHROAT ISLAND (1995) both IMDb**Stars. Those films show that 'big' Actors and 'big' budgets can also create as big of a bore as THE BOY AND THE PIRATES.
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