This was producer Edward Small's attempt to cash in on the huge success of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). He even hired the same director (Nathan Juran), hero (Kerwin Mathews) and villain (Torin Thatcher).
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The film was unreleased in the UK until 1967 and then received cuts for an 'A' certificate to edit the witch attack on the ship, Princess Elaine being attacked by the giant, and Jack's fight with the dragon.
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When Charles Schneer and Ray Harryhausen were looking for a producer for The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, one of the hopefuls was Edward Small, who turned them down. When Sinbad proved to be a huge hit, Small was determined to duplicate the former movie with the same director and stars. Although he couldn't get Harryhausen, Jim Danforth came close to duplicating Sinbad's monsters with Cormoran, the flying dragon, and the Imp instead of the Cyclops, Dragon, and Genie.
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This would be the final film for Charles Gemora. For this, as well as the other films in his final years, he worked behind the camera as a make-up artist.
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During the scenes in The Last Man on Earth (1964) where Morgan is attacked by vampires, a score is played which is nearly identical to the music which plays during the Cormoran (giant) attack in 1962's Jack the Giant Killer.
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Torin Thatcher had been appearing on Broadway in "The Miracle Worker" but quit that role in order to appear in this film.
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The credits say Don Beddoe played "Imp," but the character calls himself a leprechaun. Walter Burke played a leprechaun or someone believed to be a leprechaun in three television episodes - Death Valley Days: The Leprechaun of Last Chance Gulch (1968), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Terrible Leprechaun (1968), and The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams: A Gentleman Tinker (1978).
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