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Writers:
Bert I. Gordon (story)
Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Most Incredible Weapon Ever Wielded! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Lodac

Estelle Winwood ... Sybil

Gary Lockwood ... Sir George
Anne Helm ... Princess Helene

Liam Sullivan ... 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 ... Left Siamese Twin
Paul Bon Tempi ... Right Siamese Twin
Ann Graves ... Princess Laura
Lorrie Richards ... Anne
Jack Kosslyn ... The Ogre

Vampira ... The Hag / Sorceress (as Maila Nurmi)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Finn ... 1st Dwarf (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Sir Ulrich of Germany (voice) (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... 2nd Dwarf (uncredited)

Directed by
Bert I. Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Bert I. Gordon (story)

Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay) (as Bernard Schoenfeld)

Produced by
Bert I. Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Markowitz 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel 
 
Production Design by
Franz Bachelin 
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Burke .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Herbert E. Mendelson .... production manager (as Herbert Mendelson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert E. Mendelson .... assistant director (as H.E. Mendelson)
 
Art Department
Arthur Friedrich .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Brock .... sound
Martin Greco .... sound effects editor
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound re-recordist (as Roger Heman)
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bert I. Gordon .... special visual effects
Flora M. Gordon .... special visual effects (as Flora Gordon)
 
Stunts
Leroy Johnson .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Hill .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Esther Krebs .... wardrobe: women
Oscar Rodriguez .... wardrobe: men
 
Editorial Department
Harry W. Gerstad .... supervising editor (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Music Department
Willard Jones .... orchestrator (as Willaird Jones)
William A. Sawyer .... music editor (as William Sawyer)
 
Other crew
Robert Gary .... script supervisor
Shirley Vaughan .... production assistant
Ross Wheat .... dragon trainer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Seven Curses of Lodac" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
80 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Stuntman/actor Leroy Johnson (Sir Ulrich of Germany) had his dialog dubbed by voice specialist Paul Frees.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The knight Anthony is introduced as "Sir Anthony of Italy" but Italy did not exist as a country until 1861... long after the supposed setting of this film.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Edited into Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982)See more »

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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Powerful fantasy storytelling, despite an ultra-low budget, 4 August 2003
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

THE MAGIC SWORD (1962) is a fantasy film that enthralled me as a child when I sat in a Bronx theater with a packed house of kids on a summer afternoon. We talked about it for days afterwards and acted it out in our street games. As a grown-up, when I returned to it on TV, I may have found some of the effects less than convincing, particularly the dragon, but I still found the film quite engaging and consistently memorable. The images have a bold graphic quality reminiscent of the best comic book art. Each shot cuts right to its essential information and uses whatever low-budget means at the filmmaker's disposal--make-up, costumes, color, lighting, simple optical effects--to make the image stand out. In addition, there are strong performers on hand who have a kind of comic book/fairy tale aspect to them, e.g. Estelle Winwood, as the hero's spell-casting guardian; Basil Rathbone, as the sorcerer villain; and Vampira as a beautiful woman the knights meet on the road, who turns monstrous at a moment's notice.

The film is not afraid of grotesque imagery and doles it out in small, effective portions. As an adult I was struck by the horrific nature of some of the images, e.g. the withered old hag that Vampira turns into; the acid pool that yields up the skeleton of a victim who'd fallen into it just moments earlier; the burned, reddened skins of two of the knights as they're caught in some kind of intense sun ray. But as a child, I wasn't frightened by these images; they helped make the story more believable and more involving. Filmmaker Bert I. Gordon (THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN) was not afraid to show us the dark, gruesome side of this mythical tale. He wasn't trying to shield the kids in the audience the way bigger-budgeted Hollywood films of this stripe would have at the time (e.g., Harryhausen films like SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER). There was an honesty to Gordon's approach that I think we, as kids, even without being able to articulate it, appreciated and respected. As an adult, I can't get this film out of my mind, while more recent spectacles like the overstuffed LORD OF THE RINGS are but a dim memory.

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