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The Magic Sword (1962)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  April 1962 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lodac
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Sybil
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Sir George
Anne Helm ...
Princess Helene
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Sir Branton
Danielle De Metz ...
Mignonette
Merritt Stone ...
King
Jacques Gallo ...
Sir Dennis of France
David Cross ...
Sir Pedro of Spain
John Mauldin ...
Sir Patrick of Ireland
Taldo Kenyon ...
Sir Anthony of Italy
Angus Duncan ...
Sir James of Scotland
Leroy Johnson ...
Sir Ulrich of Germany
Marlene Callahan ...
Princess Grace
Nick Bon Tempi ...
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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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April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

St. George and the Dragon  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

In addition to her credited role in the mask as "The Hag", Vampira - as Maila Nurmi - also played (uncredited) the role of the sorceress who kidnaps Princess Helene. See more »

Goofs

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

Sir Branton: Was it magic?
Lodac: No. Not magic.
Sir Branton: Then how did George escape?
Lodac: I think... yes. Something stronger than magic. The power of Patrick's faith.
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magic lumps
25 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Why a re people so unkind to this very funny fantasy. Any adult can tell it is not meant to be taken as some sort of 'magnificent spectacle'. Yes it is low budget but it knows it, and Basil and Estelle seemed to be having a very sly old time brewing potent hammy acting to fling at each other and the hopeful cast. Kids love this film even today; it has the sort of 'crummy but fascinating' manginess cheap color fantasies have. Does anyone remember those equally hilarious and ghastly 'storybook productions' like Mother Goose or Jack and the Beanstalk? Terrible but lovably hopeless and thoroughly entertaining. THE MAGIC SWORD even has a pre 2001 Gary Lockwood; boy I bet he's glad Kubrick saw something in him after this. Kubrick would have seen this, you know, I am sure he saw everything Gary Lockwood made before casting him in 2001. And he still hired him. Besides, MAGIC SWORD has the unforgettable Estelle Winwood. She is like Edward Everett Horton in a dress. Pantomime? Sure. Hilarious? Yes. Enjoyable? Thoroughly in its mangy matinée way. Can you believe I saw this on a double feature with SINK THE BISMARK! Such were kids matinées in Australia in 1962. The next week we saw CAPTAIN SINBAD which almost looks like the out takes of THE MAGIC SWORD.


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