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The Spanish Sword (1962)

A king's knight fights against a treasonous baron.





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Complete credited cast:
Sir Richard Clovell
Lady Eleanor
Baron Breaute
Robin Hunter ...
Thomas of Exeter
Derrick Sherwin ...
Sheila Whittingham ...
Garard Green ...
Barry Shawzin ...
Red Beard
Paul Craig ...
Marjie Lawrence ...
Barmaid (as Marjorie Lawrence)
Alan Haywood ...
Michael Wynne ...
Jill Hyem ...
Lady in Waiting


In 1264, King Henry III of Britain is facing an uprising by many noblemen, led by Simon de Montfort, who wants to overthrow him. As such, Henry appoints a band of his most loyal subjects as his guardsmen to uphold the law of the land in an effort to retain peace. Chief among these men is Sir Richard Clovell, who fought for the King in many a battle throughout Europe, and who is known to wield a Spanish sword won in one of those battles. In his travels, he learns in the dying words from one of the King's spies that Baron Breaute, ruler of a region called Rochefort, is plotting with de Montfort to put together a rebellion army, funded by a treasury of plundered gold hidden somewhere in Rochefort. Clovell and his men are able to run Breaute and his men out of Rochefort, but he knows that Breaute will be back to retrieve the hidden gold. Meanwhile, the King is defeated in battle against de Montfort. When news of the defeat spreads, many of the men accompanying Clovell question their ... Written by Huggo

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January 1962 (UK)  »

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Baron Breaute: Kill a man and that's the end of it. He suffers no more. Take him to the whipping-post. I'll apply the lash myself.
[Moments later]
Baron Breaute: Now we'll see which is the strongest. His back or my arm.
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Dull, flat "epic"
14 November 2011 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Great Britain's notorious Danziger Brothers--that country's answer to Sam Katzman--have turned out yet another chintzy, cheap-looking time-waster. "The Spanish Sword" is a listless, slow-moving story of a knight who tries to thwart the plans of a greedy, rapacious baron. This is not one of writer Brian Clemens' finest hours, to say the least--his script is talky and cliché-ridden, with no feeling whatsoever for the times (11th-century England) and director Ernest Morris doesn't do any better on his end; the film moves like molasses and what passes for "action" scenes are tired, perfunctory and poorly staged. Performances by the largely unknown cast range from amateurish to hammy, except for veteran character actor Nigel Green, here playing the villain and trying to overcome the lousy script and poor direction but not having much luck. Star Ronald Howard looks like he wandered in from another picture and is trying to figure out what he's doing there. Leading lady June Thorburn doesn't acquit herself particularly well; the script didn't give her much to do, but she didn't do very much with what little she was given.

Overall, this is a pretty lame programmer, boring and predictable, with not much going for it. Skip it.

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