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 for Hammer Film Productions.

The Scarlet Blade
Poster with the US title
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byAnthony Nelson Keys
Written byJohn Gilling
StarringJack Hedley
Lionel Jeffries
Oliver Reed
June Thorburn
Music byGary Hughes
CinematographyJack Asher
Edited byJohn Dunsford
Distributed byWarner-Pathé (UK) Columbia Pictures (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 and stars Oliver Reed and Lionel Jeffries.


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.

Main cast

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