A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.
C. Aubrey Smith
George, the son of the sorceress Sybil, has been watching the beautiful Princess Helene from afar and is very much in love with her. When she is kidnapped by the evil wizard Lodac, the king her father announces that she will be given in marriage to whoever rescues her. The first to volunteer is Sir Branton who expects to undertake the task alone. George, over his mother's objections, also decides to save her and is accompanied by six ancient knights. The journey is perilous with Lodac placing a series of challenges before them. Many in the group do not survive but George must eventually face Lodac's greatest challenge - his dragon.Written by
Shooting commenced at the Goldwyn studio on 11 January 1961. The film was announced and shot entirely as St. George and the 7 Curses. Richard Markowitz was signed to compose the music score on 6 March 1961. On 22 May 1961 United Artists announced they were changing the title to The Magic Sword. Although the screen credits give the official copyright date as 1961, Variety did not get to preview the film until 6 April 1962 at the Academy Awards Theatre. The AFI Catalog lists the first known theatrical screening as 28 March 1962 in Louisville, Kentucky. See more »
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I saw this film at a matinée in 1962 when I was seven. I remembered it over the years as 70 minutes of pure excitement. I watched it again on DVD with my kids. Yes, it's low budget. Yes, it's got cheesy special effects by today's standards. Yes, it's got a corny plot and weak acting in some of the characters. Yet, I found it to have charm and my kids were just as enthralled as I was 43 years ago when I suspended my disbelief in the dark of the Saturday matinée. This film is, in its genre, a minor classic. Further, Basil Rathbone as the heavy is very good in the waning years of his life and career--much better than Torin Thatcher who played similar "heavy" roles in similar adventure movies.
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