1963 The Scarlet Blade

The Scarlet Blade - 1963

Alternative Title: The Crimson Blade

A Hammer Film production presented by Associated British Picture Corporation Limited and released through Warner - Pathe Distributors Ltd (UK) and Columbia Pictures (USA) 

Copyright MCMLXIII Hammer Film Productions Ltd. - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein, with ttle exception of King Charles I, are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Bray Studios, England Technicolor 82 mins 



Opening title:- "1648: This is the story of a band of freemen who defied a tyrant." During the English Civil War, the villainous Colonel Judd, once a Royalist, has changed sides and now vehemently supports Cromwell and his Ironsides. But his daughter, Clare, is still a staunch believer in the King and conspires against her father with the dashing, heroic figure known as The Scarlet Blade.


Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Clifford Parkes
Editor John Dunsford
Assistant Directors Douglas Hermes and Hugh Harlow
Art Director Don Mingaye
Sound Recordist Ken Rawkins
Sound Editor James Groom
Continuity Pauline Wise
Make-up Artist Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Mistress Rosemary Burrows
Special Effects Les Bowie
Camera Operator C. Cooney
Director of Photography Jack Asher, BSC
Music Composed by Gary Hughes
Musical Supervisor John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by John Gilling
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys
Directed by John Gilling


Colonel Judd Lionel Jeffries
Sylvester Oliver Reed
Edward Beverley Jack Hedley
Clare Judd June Thorburn
Constance Suzan Farmer
Pablo Michael Ripper
Captain John Harvey
Drury Charles Houston
Jacob Harold Goldblatt
Philip Clifford Elkin
Lt Hawke Michael Byrne


This was actor Lionel Jeffries' last film for Hammer, having already appeared in "The Quatermass Xperiment" (1955), "Further up the Creek" and "The Revenge of Frankenstein" (both 1958).
 Suzan Farmer also turns up in Hammer's "The Devil-Ship Pirates" (1963) Dracula - Prince of Darkness" and "Rasputin - the Mad Monk" (both 1966). She also played Boris Karloff's daughter in "Monster of Terror" (1965). Jack Hedley worked for Hammer again in "The Secret of Blood Island" (1965) and as one of Bette Davis's sons in "The Anniversary" (1968).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection