The Film Detective announced this past week that ten new film restorations that will be ready for the DVD market place on Jan. 31.
In 1962 famed horror and sci-fi filmmaker of the 1950s, Bert I. Gordon, took a slightly different tack with the release of The Magic Sword. With the success of director Nathan Juran’s The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad in 1958 and the theatrical market on overload with sci-fi and horror films at the end the 50s and early 60s, Gordon turned his film-storytelling talents to this quest adventure.
Gary Lockwood stars as the foster son of a sorceress named Sybil, whose mortal enemy is Lodac (played by Basil Rathbone) and he has kidnapped the Princess Helene (Anne Helm — Follow that Dream, The Interns, Honeymoon Hotel, etc.) and plans to feed her to his dragon! Our hero has a company of six companion knights (read that as the victim pool), a magic sword and only seven days to overcome seven curses to accomplish his task!!
On the Western front, the Film Detective has director John McCarthy 1935 film adaptation of the William Colt MacDonald novel, Law of the 45’s, starring Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams as Tucson Two Gun Smith — his co-star is Molly O’Day — and also from 1935 is director Charles Barton’s film adaptation of Zane Grey’s novel, Fighting Westerner (aka: Rocky Mountain Mystery), teaming Randolph Scott with Charles 'Chic' Sale to solve a series of mysterious murders.
Included in the Jan. 31 release mix is the 1921 silent film from director Cecil B. DeMille, The Affairs of Anatole, starring Gloria Swanson and Wallace Reed and the early sound film, director Gregory La Cava film adaptation of George S. Brooks’ stage play, Big News, with Carole Lombard and pre-King Kong star Robert Armstrong.
Rounding out the Jan. 31 film restorations are Easy Money (1936, with Onslow Stevens and Kay Linaker), Mad Youth (1940), Freckles Comes Home (1942, Johnny Downs, Gale Storm and Mantan Morland star), The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950, Lee J. Cobb with Jane Wyatt) and director Marvin Chomsky’s 1971 bio-pic Evel Knieval, starring George Hamilton as the legendary motorcycle stunt rider (Sue Lyon co-stars).