The Siege of the Saxons

  • U
  • Nathan Juran (1963)
  • UK
  • 85 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Second-rate British thespians clank around in chain mail while women blush demurely in this Arthurian tosh that was made for peanuts. The sword Excalibur is still the weapon of choice, sought after by outlaw hero Ronald Lewis, the wooden Mark Dignam as King Arthur himself, and Jerome Willis as a villain with a dodgy leg. Chief damsel, in a flowing nightie, is Janette Scott, the daughter of Thora Hird and a leading British starlet of the day. If modern audiences hadn't been spoilt by parodies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this cheesy plod might have seemed rather amusing; instead, it's just several knights short of a round table.

Plot Summary

Period adventure starring Ronald Lewis and Janette Scott. King Arthur is recovering from an illness at Edmund of Cornwall's castle. But, unknown to the king, Edmund is in league with the Saxons who are plotting to seize power.

Cast and crew

Cast

Robert Marshall
Ronald Lewis
Katherine
Janette Scott
Edmund of Cornwall
Ronald Howard
King Arthur
Mark Dignam
Merlin
John Laurie
Limping man
Jerome Willis
Saxon Prince
Richard Clarke (3)
Doctor
Charles Lloyd Pack
Blacksmith
Francis De Wolff
Earl of Chatham
John Gabriel
Young monk
Peter Mason
Thief
Michael Mellinger

Crew

Director
Nathan Juran

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Categories
Drama