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“I seem to recall that this was Rathbone's last film and people joked that he died of embarrassment, but it's really not that bad. It's a harmless little comedy/fantasy/adventure
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The Magic Sword (also known as St. George and the Dragon, St. George and the Seven Curses (the films original title), and The Seven Curses of Lodac) is a 1962 live action fantasy film, mainly aimed at children, based loosely on the medieval legend of St. George and the Dragon.

The film appeared on a 1992 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. In a highly unusual admission, characters Joel Robinson and Tom Servo said the movie was "pretty good for a Bert I. Gordon film" during a theater segment (though Crow T. Robot seemed to disagree). The writers of the show continued the praise in their Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, and the film is one of a handful of MST3K episodes considered watchable on its own.

 

Sir George (Gary Lockwood) is the foster son of Sybil (Estelle Winwood), an elderly witch. Not much is said about his background other than that his parents are dead and he is of "royal blood". He is secretly in love with Princess Helene (Anne Helm), who is kidnapped early in the film by the evil wizard Lodac (Basil Rathbone) who intends on feeding her to his pet dragon. George wants to go on a quest to liberate his lady love, but Sybil believes he is too young, comforting the youth by showing him a magic sword, a steed, a suit of armour and magically frozen knights he will command when he is 21. The impatient George however tricks Sybil into a locked underground compartment and takes off with his magical implements and revived company of knights. ...

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