The Golden Arrow (1962 film)

The Golden Arrow (Italian: L'Arciere delle Mille e Una Notte, lit. 'The Archer of the Thousand and One Nights') is a 1962 Italian peplum film directed by Antonio Margheriti.[3][4]

The Golden Arrow
Directed byAntonio Margheriti
Produced byGoffredo Lombardo[1]
Screenplay by
Music byMario Nascimbene[2]
CinematographyGábor Pogány[1]
Edited byMario Serandrei[1]
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • 7 September 1962 (1962-09-07) (Italy)
Running time
91 mins


Damascus is governed by the fierce tyrant Baktiar, who will be forced to give up his throne once his daughter Jamila is married. As Jamila falls in love with the mysterious Hassan, Baktiar will try in every way to prevent their marriage.



Hunter later recalled in his memoirs:

Not being able to speak Italian wasn't a drawback. The script of La Freccia d'Oro - my copy was the only one in English - featured page after page of truly horrendous dialogue... All I could think of was Tony Curtis in The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951): "Yonda lies da castle of my fadda." I spend every night in my hotel, rewriting my lines so I'd at least have fun delivering them. I camped it up shamelessly. Not that it mattered - all my dialogue was eventually dubbed by a stiff-as-a-board Italian baritone with no sense of humor. I ended up sounding like Rossano Brazzi. Disappointment over being stuck in a stinker was eased considerably by weekly infusions of cash, delivered personally by the production manager. I'd sign a voucher and he'd hand over a bundle of lire, some of the old notes as big as place mats.[5]


The Golden Arrow was released in Italy on September 7, 1962.[6] It was released in the United States on May 1964.[6]


According to the book Il grande cinema fantasy it is "a typical adventure B-movie, especially interesting for its fantasy elements, which is damaged by the presence of comic elements that do not bind enough with the rest."[7] The film still gained recognition for sporting particularly elaborate sets and costumes.[8]

The film was not a box office hit and cost so much money it almost bankrupted Titanus, the production company.[5]

See also



  1. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 67.
  2. "The Golden Arrow". Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  3. Poppi, Chiti, Lancia, Pecorari
  4. GOLDEN ARROW, The "(La Frecchia d'Oro)" Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 32, Iss. 372, (Jan 1, 1965): 123.
  5. Stafford, Jeff. "The Golden Arrow". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  6. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 68.
  7. Chiavini, Pizzo, Tetro
  8. Hughes


  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.
  • Poppi, Roberto; Chiti, Roberto; Lancia, Enrico; Pecorari, Mario (1992). Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Rome: Gremese Editore. ISBN 8876055932.
  • Chiavini, Roberto; Pizzo, Gian Filippo; Tetro, Michele (2004). Il grande cinema fantasy. Rome: Gremese Editore. ISBN 8884403200.
  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0.
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