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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)
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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
 
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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:
Though the film was subjected to the usual "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988) skewering (in "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (#5.11)" (1992)), the makers of the show admitted (in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide book) that "this is actually a pretty good movie."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:
Lodac:Take Sir George to the dungeon.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The smallest British film release of all time?, 28 September 2007
Author: jimm-8 from Derby, England

When I saw this film in Nottingham in 1964, little did I realize that I was one of the privileged few British cinema-goers who would ever get the chance to view it. The film ran into some truly puzzling censorship and distribution problems. United Artists were apparently hoping for a mainly juvenile audience, but when it went before the British Board of Film Censors on 16 July 1963 it was saddled with an "X" certificate for adults only, unlike Jason and the Argonauts which was granted a "U" for general exhibition. UA changed the British release title to St. George and the 7 Curses, but the distributor seemed to manufacture hardly any prints and the film was unseen in most towns and cities. Unusually, there was no premiere, no press showing and no newspaper reviews. Even more unusual, given that the film was being shown to the public in cinemas, was the fact that it was not announced in either the Monthly Film Bulletin or Kinematograph Weekly. The Rank Organization gave the movie a couple of test showings, running it for a week at their Mechanics cinema in Nottingham from 24 May 1964 (just a fortnight before closing it down). A Midlands television crew, reporting on the controversy, asked people coming out if they found it scary. Although Vampira's transformation into a withered old hag was mildly horrific, and the ogre looked a bit of a beast, nobody admitted to being the slightest bit frightened. Indeed, Jason and the Argonauts was judged more frightening because the special effects were better. The only possible explanation for the British censor's categories was that he based his decisions on mood rather than content. Whereas Jason came across as straight mythological adventure, St. George seemed to be trying to mix together the slapstick (Sybil brewing potions with her conjoined stooges) and the gruesome (two knights wandering into the desert and having their faces burned off). St. George and the 7 Curses later had a week's run at the Bradford Gaumont from 13 December 1964, but really the vast majority of British film-goers had no idea it even existed.

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