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The Golden Blade (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 23 September 1953 (USA)
Basra merchant Harun Al-Rashid avenges his father's murder in this adventure set in ancient Bagdad and inspired from the Arabic fairy tales of One Thousand and One Nights.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

John Rich (story), John Rich (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Harun
Piper Laurie ... Khairuzan
Gene Evans ... Hadi
George Macready ... Jafar
Kathleen Hughes ... Bakhamra
Steven Geray ... Barcus
Edgar Barrier ... Caliph
Alice Kelley Alice Kelley ... Handmaiden
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Harum (Rock Hudson) is a fearless man of the people who comes to Bagdad to avenge the murder of his father and meets Krairuzan (Piper Laurie), a princess disguised as a commoner, working against a plot by a band of evil schemers trying to do away with her father, the Caliph. She gives Harum a golden sword which, in his hands, makes him invincible. Harum uses the sword in the name of justice and is doing quite well until a duplicate sword is placed in his scabbard during one of his off-guard moments, and he winds up in chains. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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His Blade Of Gold... A Legend In Battle! Her Kiss Of Surrender... The Prize Of Victory!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sword of Damascus See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Farley Granger and Tony Curtis turned down the lead role before the studio assigned Rock Hudson (I) to it. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Hadi: The infant grows more comely!
Jafar: Give me not fresh irritation. When you are Caliph, you will have a carpet of maidens.
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Connections

Featured in Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger (2010) See more »

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20 April 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Golden Blade is directed by Nathan Juran and written by John Rich. It stars Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Gene Evans & George Macready. Music is by Joseph Gershenson and Technicolor photography by Maury Gertsman.

By Allah! It would be magic, indeed, that this sword were mine at such a time as this.

Colourful, energetic and costumed with skill, The Golden Blade doesn't lack for effort in the low expectation realm of Arabian Nights adventures. Sadly it's actually TOO daft and goofy when it's not meant to be. True enough that it isn't a film to be taken seriously in the first place, and judging by the performances of Laurie and Hudson, the cast are playing it purely for the undemanding popcorn munching crowd. But once over you just get reminded that there are far better films of this type out there and that the interesting premise, a sort of Arabian/Arthurian blend, isn't fully realised. Not enough swishing and swashing of the titular title weapon also annoys greatly. 5/10


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