THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD
Kerwin Mathews is serviceable as Sinbad, although Kathryn Grant as the Princess appears to have come straight out of high school. Torin Thatcher gives a performance that is at least admirable for its directness someone like a Christopher Lee could have done great things with it but in shaven bullet-head and clipped accent Torin Thatcher comes across with an interestingly physical brutality. However, characterisation ends about there Sinbads cutthroat crew seem to exist solely as a series of continuing lessons in not interfering in things they dont know about. The plot swings its share of incredulities it does seem incredible that nobody suspects Sokurah a wizard and the most obvious suspect of having shrunken the Princess.
Of course, what everyone came to see and what the whole of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is directed toward, are Ray Harryhausens creations. These are expectedly fabulous. The scenes with the cyclops are superb, especially of it turning sailors on a spit and the fight with it pummelling men under trees. Harryhausen evinces the cyclops with an amazing sense of character in the sense of pain on its face after Sinbad impales it in the eye with a burning brand, the way it stumbles about and is led to fall over the cliff. The climactic fight between Sinbad and a skeleton is exceptional with the choreography between the live-action and stop-motion being nothing short of amazing. It is only the roc scenes that never amount to much. Regular Harryhausen collaborator Bernard Herrmann contributes a score that has achieved just fame, one that relies on loud brass played on minor keys it is unsubtle, nevertheless effective.
Ray Harryhausens other films are:- The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), the granddaddy of all atomic monster films; the giant atomic octopus film It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955); the alien invader film Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956); the alien monster film 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957); The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960); the Jules Verne adaptation Mysterious Island (1961); the Greek myth adventure Jason and the Argonauts (1963); the H.G. Wells adaptation The First Men in the Moon (1964); the caveman vs dinosaurs epic One Million Years B.C. (1966); the dinosaur film The Valley of Gwangi (1969); the two Sinbad sequels The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977); and the Greek myth adventure Clash of the Titans (1981).
Director Nathan Juran/Hertz made a number of other genre films, all down the B-budget end of the spectrum. Indeed, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was the most respectable film Juran ever made. Nathan Jurans other films are: the historical horror The Black Castle (1952), the giant bug film The Deadly Mantis (1957), Harryhausens 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), the classic bad films The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), Jack the Giant Killer (1962) a blatant copy of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Ray Harryhausens The First Men in the Moon (1964), and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) wherein he reunited with Kerwin Mathews.