The Scarlet Blade

The Scarlet Blade (released in the United States as The Crimson Blade) is a 1963 British adventure film directed by John Gilling and starring Lionel Jeffries, Oliver Reed, Jack Hedley and June Thorburn.

The Scarlet Blade
The Scarlet Blade FilmPoster.jpeg
Poster with the US title
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byAnthony Nelson Keys
Screenplay byJohn Gilling
StarringLionel Jeffries
Oliver Reed
Jack Hedley
June Thorburn
Music byGary Hughes
CinematographyJack Asher
Edited byJohn Dunsford
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
(UK & US)
Release date
  • September 1963 (1963-09) (UK)
  • March 1964 (1964-03) (US)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It is a period drama set during the English Civil War.


When King Charles I is captured by Roundhead forces led by the tyrant Colonel Judd and his right-hand man Captain Sylvester, it is up to a band of locals loyal to the King led by a Robin Hood–type character named the Scarlet Blade to try to rescue him. They are helped by Judd's daughter Claire who secretly helps them in defiance of her father.


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