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The Magic Sword (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | April 1962 (USA)
The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, embarks on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

Bert I. Gordon (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay) (as Bernard Schoenfeld)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Rathbone ... Lodac
Estelle Winwood ... Sybil
Gary Lockwood ... Sir George
Anne Helm ... Princess Helene
Liam Sullivan ... Sir Branton
Danielle De Metz ... Mignonette
Merritt Stone Merritt Stone ... King
Jacques Gallo Jacques Gallo ... Sir Dennis of France
David Cross David Cross ... Sir Pedro of Spain
John Mauldin John Mauldin ... Sir Patrick of Ireland
Taldo Kenyon Taldo Kenyon ... Sir Anthony of Italy
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Sir James of Scotland
Leroy Johnson Leroy Johnson ... Sir Ulrich of Germany
Marlene Callahan Marlene Callahan ... Princess Grace
Nick Bon Tempi Nick Bon Tempi ... Left Siamese Twin
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. George and the Dragon See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

United Artists in the UK decided to revert to the original title St. George and the 7 Curses. As such it had its British premiere on 15 March 1964 at the Gaumont cinema in Redditch, Worcestershire. The reason for choosing that particular town, according to Rank's research department, was that Redditch filmgoers were especially appreciative of escapist entertainment. The premiere was fairly modest, although members of the Redditch Mystical Society were invited along to mark the occasion. The first showing in Scotland was on 4 May 1964 at the Gaumont, Aberdeen. See more »

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Even though modern Italian state did not exist until 1861, the region corresponding to it has been referred to as "Italy" since Roman times. And during the setting of this film, they would've spoken a form of Italian. And they would've been referred to as Italian-Speakers or Italians.

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Lodac: Take Sir George to the dungeon.
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Ross Wheat (dragon-puppet operator) as "dragon trainer". See more »

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''Jolly Good Show''!
18 July 2005 | by phillindholmSee all my reviews

"The Magic Sword" is one of B-movie producer/director Bert I. Gordon's best known films. Granted, it's no masterpiece, but it is enjoyable on it's own terms. The plot, very loosely based on the 'St. George And The Dragon' legend, has a princess (Anne Helm) kidnapped by evil sorcerer Lodac (Basil Rathbone) and hunted by lovesick George (Gary Lockwood). Aided by his foster mother Sybil (Estelle Winwood) a good witch, George vows to save the princess and destroy Lodac. Although this plot has been done to death, it's the acting by the splendid Rathbone and Winwood which keeps this film consistently entertaining. Add some modest, but impressive special effects, and you have a very entertaining minor adventure for the family. Beware: this public domain film is available on several cut-rate DVDs, but only the newly released one from MGM/UA home video is worth the price. They have a beautiful print of the film (it was originally released by United Artists) which contains a fun theatrical trailer. This is the one to get!


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