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Siege of the Saxons (1963)

Approved | | Adventure, History | August 1963 (USA)
In league with the Saxon invaders, Edmund of Cornwall plans to slay King Arthur, marry his daughter and usurp the throne of England but wizard Merlin and outlaw Robert Marshall stand in the way.

Director:

Nathan Juran
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janette Scott ... Katherine
Ronald Lewis ... Robert
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Edmund
John Laurie ... Merlin
Mark Dignam ... King Arthur
Jerome Willis ... The Limping Man
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... The Blacksmith (as Francis De Wolfe)
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... The Doctor
Peter Mason ... Young Monk
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Storyline

King Arthur learns one of his knights is plotting to take over and marry his daughter. After the King's death, the Knight wishing to marry the princess is ordered by the great wizard Merlin to remove the sword from the scabbard and prove his right to the throne. Written by <imparja@ozemail.com.au>

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Saxon legions storm the flaming walls of King Arthur's Camelot.

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Adventure | History

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Arthur and the Siege of the Saxons See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ameran Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the battle at the end comes from stock footage from The Black Knight (1954) . See more »

Goofs

The monarch's standard includes a quadrant with the Fleur De Lys: this relates to the monarchy's French possessions. However, this connection did not arise until 1066 when William of Normandy defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings to become William 1, so the standard could not have been that of monarchs of Saxon times. See more »

Quotes

Robert: We're going to Merlin. He made your father king; perhaps he can make you queen.
Katherine: Now I know you're lying. Nobody knows where Merlin is.
Robert: Well, that will make things more difficult, won't it?
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Referenced in Masters of Sex: The Excitement of Release (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Choral Music
(uncredited)
from The Black Knight (1954)
Traditional
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Another Camelot film...
9 August 2006 | by Paul-2485See all my reviews

The siege of the Saxons is your run of the mill Arthur legend, with a damsel in distress, and crusty old Merlin waffling on about Excalibur. Unfortunately there are several things wrong with the film which spoil what could have been a good stab (pun intended) at this genre. The acting by the bit-part henchmen is for the most part risible and amateurish and the editing of the battle scenes is sloppy, with a lot of death scenes re-used for padding. However the two leads in Ronald Lewis and Janette Scott put in a good performance of the rugged scoundrel and the Queen wrongfully usurped from the throne, and there are some entertaining comedic scenes between the two.

In general it's enjoyable afternoon fare and if you like your swash-buckling swordplay, jousting and pointy helmets you won't be disappointed.


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