Siege of the Saxons

1963

Nathan Juran
Director
Columbia Pictures
Studio

Saxon attempts to take over Camelot involve a young outlaw (not quite Robin Hood), who rescues Arthur's daughter and sets out to find Merlin so they can win the kingdom back from the treacherous savages.

Enjoyable Arthurian adventure manages to overcome its main faults, mainly an unfoucsed script and rather poorly defined villains. The cast is generally fine, as is Laurie Johnson's score. Many of the battle scenes are reused from The Black Knight, which means the filmmakers had to copy that film's silly costumes to match shots. The footage (along with some from various Columbia Robin Hood films), is well integrated, though, and this film actually manages to be quite fun, much more than that rather turgid 1954 effort. Rather baffling this only holds a lowly 4.4 rating on IMDb.

Thanks to Gerald Lovell for helping identify some of the extras!

-Dave W.



26th August 1963
Cinema



85 mins
1.66:1



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Janette Scott
Katherine
Ronald Lewis
Robert Marshall
Ronald Howard
Edmund of Cornwall
John Laurie
Merlin
Mark Dignam
King Arthur
Jerome Willis
The Limping Man
Francis De Wolff
The Blacksmith
(listed in closing credits
as Francis De Wolfe)
Charles Lloyd Pack
The Doctor
Peter Mason
Young Monk
Richard Clarke
The Saxon Prince
(uncredited)
Unknown Male 114
Guard
Unknown
Nobleman
Martin Lyder
Knight (uncredited)
Pat Ryan
Knight's Squire
(uncredited)
Unknown
Nobleman
Unknown
Tournament Crier
(reused footage from another film?)
Dinny Powell
Saxon Champion
(uncredited)
Unknown
Nobleman
Unknown
Nobleman
Unknown
Noblewoman
Unknown
Nobleman
Bill Brandon
Soldier (uncredited)
Peter Diamond
Soldier
Stunts
(uncredited)
Tex Fuller
Soldier (uncredited)
Unknown
Soldier
Unknown
Soldier
Kenneth Cowan
Soldier (uncredited)
Unknown
Saxon Retrieving Excalibur
Billy Dean
Saxon Soldier
(uncredited)
Unknown
Villager Who Gets Thrown Down
Maxwell Craig
Villager (uncredited)
Pat Halpin
Villager
Clergyman at Coronation
Roland Curram
Villager Talking to Robert
(uncredited)
Peter Elliott
Village Merchant
(uncredited)
Unknown Male 4
Villager
Gordon Needham
Captain in Forest Camp
(uncredited)
Robert Gillespie
Soldier in Forest Camp
(uncredited)
Jack Lynn
Prior (uncredited)
Michael Mellinger
Thief (uncredited)
Tony O'Leary
Blacksmith's Henchman
(uncredited)
Pat Gorman
Blacksmith's Henchman
(uncredited)
Jack Sharp
Blacksmith's Henchman
(uncredited)
Unknown
Blacksmith's Henchman
Unknown
Blacksmith's Henchman
John Gabriel
Earl of Chatham
(uncredited)
John Miller
The Archbishop
(uncredited)
Victor Harrington
Nobleman at Camelot (Sir Guy)
(uncredited)
Fred Wood
Nobleman at Camelot
(uncredited)
Tony Castleton
Bishop at Coronation
(uncredited)
Unknown
Loyal Nobleman at Coronation
Unknown
Nobleman at Coronation
Unknown
Nobleman at Coronation
Unknown
Nobleman at Coronation
Unknown
Nobleman at Coronation

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