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The Magic Sword (1962) Poster

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The film was skewered in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992). In the "Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide" book, the show's creators admitted that "this is actually a pretty good movie."
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In addition to her credited role as "The Hag", Maila Nurmi also played the sorceress who kidnaps Princess Helene.
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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.
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Stuntman/actor Leroy Johnson's (Sir Ulrich of Germany) dialogue was dubbed by voice specialist Paul Frees.
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Although Richard Kiel doesn't feature in the screen credits, the "Variety" review dated 11 April 1962 provides a cast list that includes "Pinhead No.1" played by "Dick Kiel."
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Shooting commenced at Goldwyn Studios 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 it was 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, KY.
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Although the British Board of Film Censors insisted on an "X" certificate (strictly for adults only) on 16 July 1963, this was reduced to "U" by the time the film reached the video market. Re-classified for family viewing on 15 April 1987 and re-titled "Sorcerer's Curse", it was distributed in the UK by Dealerpack Ltd.
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Ross Wheat is listed in the credits as "dragon trainer."
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It would be almost 25 years before Maila Nurmi would appear (uncredited) in another feature film.
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