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The Crimson Blade (1963)

The Scarlet Blade (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | March 1964 (USA)
In 1648, during the English Civil War, Captain Sylvester switches sides between the Parliamentary and Royalist camps as his interests dictate, while King Charles I is on the run from Oliver Cromwell's troops.



Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast overview:
Col. Judd
Capt. Tom Sylvester
Edward Beverley, The Scarlet Blade
Claire Judd
Michael Ripper ...
Harold Goldblatt ...
Duncan Lamont ...
Maj. Bell
Clifford Elkin ...
Philip Beverley
Constance Beverley
John Harvey ...
Sgt. Grey
Charles Houston ...


This historical adventure is set during the English Civil War. When King Charles I is captured by Roundhead forces led by the tyrant Colonel Judd and his right-hand man Captain Sylvester, it is up to a band of locals loyal to the King to try and rescue him. They are helped by Judd's daughter Claire who secretly helps them in defiance of her father Written by Anonymous

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A Bold Avenger ... Igniting the Flames of Rebellion in a Land of Blood and Betrayal! See more »


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Release Date:

March 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Crimson Blade  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(Eastman Color by Pathé)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released as a double bill with The Son of Captain Blood (1962) in the United Kingdom. See more »


The woods are full of Rhododendrons, a bush not introduced to Great Britain from the Himalayas until the late 18th century - 150 years after the Civil War. See more »


Capt. Tom Sylvester: [to Claire Judd] I love you even more when you're angry. It does something for your complexion.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1648 This is the story of a band of freemen who defied a tyrant. See more »


Version of Children of the New Forest (1998) See more »

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Poor man's Robin Hood
15 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This Hammer swashbuckler is one of the few films to be set during the English Civil War. Unfortunately, its treatment of the conflict is fairly simplistic ; the Roundheads are the baddies, intent on killing the king, and the Cavaliers are the romantic good guys, led by Jack Hedley, looking slightly too old to play the Robin Hood like hero.

The film suffers from the fact that the "villains" (Lionel Jeffries, Oliver Reed) are much more charismatic than the "heroes" (Hedley and an insipid June Laverick). The downbeat ending is also a surprise. Nevertheless, like most Hammer films, it is well-mounted and richly-photographed by Jack Asher. Watch out for the sequence in which the outlaws, disguised as bushes (!), creep ever-closer to the Roundhead guards. It looks like a scene from Monty Python!

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