Entertainment Magazine

#2,496. The Magic Sword (1962)

Posted on the 01 April 2018 by Dvdinfatuation
#2,496. The Magic Sword  (1962)
Directed By: Bert I. Gordon
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Estelle Winwood, Gary Lockwood
Tag line: "Feats beyond description! Spectacle beyond imagination!"
Trivia: In addition to her credited role as "The Hag", Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira) also played the sorceress who kidnaps Princess Helene
I wish I had seen The Magic Sword when I was a kid. With its tale of knights, dragons, sorcerers, and ogres, this 1962 fantasy is the kind of movie I would have loved back then! 
Though he has never met her, George (Gary Lockwood) is deeply in love with the Princess Helene (Anne Helm). When she is abducted by the evil sorcerer Lodac (Basil Rathbone), George vows to do whatever is necessary to ensure the Princess’s safe return. Armed with magical weapons (one of which is the titular sword) that he stole from his adoptive mother, the sorceress Sybil (Estelle Winwood), and with the help of six brave knights he rescued from captivity, George sets off for Lodac’s castle, intent on saving the Princess and making her his bride. 
But the journey will be a perilous one. For starters, George and his men join forces with the treacherous Sir Branton (Liam Sullivan), who also plans to marry the Princess. Even more dangerous are the seven curses of Lodac, which George and the others must overcome if they’re to have any chance of rescuing the Princess. Should they fail to reach her in time, the Princess will be fed to Lodac’s pet dragon! 
Bert I. Gordon keeps the story moving, and fills The Magic Sword with one cool bit of fantasy after another. The battle with a giant Ogre (Jack Kosslyn), one of Lodac’s curses, is exciting; and some of what the lead and his knights encounter during their travels is even kinda frightening (there’s a hideous old hag played by Vampira herself, Maila Nurmi; and a magical spell of Lodac’s burns the flesh off two of George’s knights). There’s even comic relief, with Estelle Winwood’s somewhat forgetful sorceress doing what she can to help George, but more often than not making a mess of things (Winwood, so funny as one of Max Bialystock’s “customers” in Mel Brooks’ The Producers, was perfectly cast as Sybil, and plays the part wonderfully). 
Even by today’s standards, the effects look pretty darn convincing (Lodac’s dragon is especially impressive), and the story of good versus evil will surely appeal to viewers of all ages. Whether you’re young or young at heart, The Magic Sword will be well worth your time.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • On a Beautiful Summer Day

    Beautiful Summer

    Read more

    10 hours, 40 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Russell’s Reserve Whiskey Review

    Russell’s Reserve Whiskey Review

    This single cask of Wild Turkey Whiskey was selected by PlumpJack in San Franciso and, like all RR SiB releases, bottled at 55% ABV (110 proof). Read more

    12 hours, 59 minutes ago by   Josh Peters
    DRINK
  • Russell’s Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Review

    Russell’s Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Review

    Do you love whiskey? Do you love bourbon? Do you love Wild Turkey? If you answered yes to all of those questions then you’d probably love a glass of Russell’s... Read more

    13 hours, 4 minutes ago by   Josh Peters
    DRINK
  • FFS Friday - Soulless

    This week it has come to my attention that Tiger is trying to kill me. He's a clever man so he's not doing it by traditional means, he's doing it slowly via... Read more

    14 hours, 26 minutes ago by   Glossqueen
    HAIR & BEAUTY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Take the Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash for National Rum Day

    Take Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash National

    They say "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." We wonder what a shot of apple rum will do! Just in time for National Rum Day, every's favorite rum captain... Read more

    14 hours, 30 minutes ago by   Glasgow Skinner/ My Life On And Off The Guest List
    FASHION, HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Book Club for Menopause Goddesses

    Book Club Menopause Goddesses

    Today's post highlights two wonderful books that should live on every Menopause Goddess's bookshelf. From Dinner Date to Soulmate by Cynthia Spillman and Come... Read more

    16 hours, 26 minutes ago by   Lynettesheppard
    HEALTH, MEDICINE, WOMEN'S ISSUES
  • Stone Fruit Tea Cake

    Stone Fruit Cake

    (recipe adapted from Table for 2) Ingredients:1 Tbsp butter (for greasing pan)150g Blue Jacket Cake Flour½ tsp baking powder80g fine sugar 80g Cowhead salted... Read more

    16 hours, 40 minutes ago by   Cathysjoy
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES

Magazines