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THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958) Classic saga of Sinbad and his battles to save a princess. An evil magician, a swordfight with a skeleton, a clash with a cyclops and a dragon. Visually stunning and loads of fun. Effects by Ray Harryhausen! Suggested by Ken Blose, Mexico.

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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

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The movie that made me realize how BIG movies could be. I saw it first on a re-release for the Kiddie Matinee market back in the 1960s. I was under ten and the cyclops and dragon scenes wowed be like nothig had ever before up there on the huge movie screen.

Ray Harryhasen's magic was at full steam! There seems to be two divisions of Harryhausen movies for me. The science fiction flicks and the later fantasy epics. Of he fantasy epics, this one is by far, my favorite. The cast is great, the monsters....awesome.

-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA

Hi Ron, Well it was a great weekend for movies..I started out with The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, which I hadn't watched in awhile. I just love this movie and have fond memories of seeing this when it played at my local theater when I was just a little monster kid. Saturday night House of Frankenstein was on Svengoolie. Sunday afternoon This Island Earth and Tarantula was on and that night 3 great Bela Lugosi films were on TCM including The Island of Lost Souls...'What is the law?'..
And on a side note, I finished two new monster portraits!
take care,

Malcolm Gittin, Pittsburgh, PA

Above: Ray Harryhausen with Ken Blose

What a great movie! I have seen it numerous times in my life, but the most memorable time was when I went to the 50th Anniversary showing in Santa Monica. I sat in the second row right behind Kathryn Grant, and enjoyed live commentary with Ray, Bernard Herrmann´s biographer, Miss Grant and some modern day SFX guys. It was a blast to pepper Ray with questions while watching the movie.

From the eye popping opening scene with the cyclops, through the snake woman, cyclops encounter, roc, dragon, and skeleton, a thrill ride of a movie that never fails to please. So much happens in its 80 compact minutes. And the music, Herrmann was the greatest.

Ken Blose, Mexico

Dear Ron and all my monster friends out there, just watched "The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad" late this past Saturday night! Boy, popping this one into the DVD player sure brings back a lot of wonderful childhood memories for me! I remember my father taking me to the old Parma theatre to see this back in 1974 when it got it`s 2nd or 3rd re-release! I was only 7 years old at the time. I remember being totally blown away by the opening credits, with Bernard Herrman`s beautiful, dramatic and melodic music score immediately transporting me into a wonderful land filled with beauty, adventure, danger and romance. The importance of the music in making this film a classic cannot be understated! It may be Bernard`s best score for all the fantasy films that he did during his long career as a composer.

When watching this film as a young kid, I was mesmerized by the fantastic special effects of the legendary Ray Harryhausen. The scenes involving the intense battle with the Cyclops, The eerie shrinking of the princess at night, the thrilling battle with the Giant Roc, the famous duel with the skeleton, the titanic battle to the death between the Dragon and the Cyclops and the epic death of the Dragon by the giant crossbow ALL are vivid memories etched forever in my mind thanks to his wonderful artistry, creativity and unending dedication and hard work! Bravo Ray Harryhausen! Your legacy and creations will last forever!

The Great SPFX notwithstanding, this movie would not have attained it`s reputation without it`s great cast. Kerwin Matthews makes a fine, strong Sinbad (My personal favorite of the 3 actors who potrayed him in the three films! - although John Phillip Law and Patrick Wayne are good in their films as well!), Torin Thatcher is absolutely marvelous as the evil, greedy and malicious magician Sokura. Possibly the best potrayal of a villianous magician ever put to film! The feast scene where he transforms Sardi into a snake-woman is totally captivating and scared the living daylights out of me when I was a kid! Seeing him do this with his black magic JUST KNOW that this guy is bad news...and will be trouble! Fantastic acting by Thatcher. Katherine Grant is absolutely beautiful as Princess Parisa, but also shows her acting talent in the scene where she enters into the lamp to talk to the friendly, lonely and tortured Genie to get his help and find out how to free him from the slavery of his vows.....Richard Eyer is wonderful as the boy Genie, who`s only wish is to be free and sail the seas!

So many great moments in this timeless fantasy film - It has aged very gracefully and is just as entertaining for me now as it was back in the "good old days" of my youth!

Another Great Movie Pick! Keep ` Em Coming!

-Dan Brenneis - Strongsville, Ohio

I'll never forget this movie when I saw pictures of the cyclops in Famous Monsters of Filmland. When I finally Saw it on television the movie blew me away. I didn't realize how many monster were in the film other than the Cyclops. The skeleton dual between Sindbad was probably one of the most incredible things I had ever seen in a movie. Plus, the other creatures were really great. The two headed rock was fantastic! I wish they could have used him more. But of course the cyclops was the real star. He rivals King Kong in personality. It's to bad that when he fought the Dragon he lost, he put up a good fight.

Watching it again on the weekend as I work in the garage making my filns helps inspire m. i wish I could do ass good as Ray does. It inspires me to do better work. I think I want to make the cyclops in my next film. Again one of my favorite films. i wish I could of saw it in the theaters when it was re-released.

Best Wishes

Michael Aguilar, AZ

Here's Michael's animated short KING KONG VS. REPTILICUS:


Hi Ron,

Had to comment on this one…my now 22 year old son and I still agree—“The 7th Voyage” is our favorite movie of all time.  In fact, it’s definitely one of the reasons why Michael III is majoring in music composition in college, with a strong interest in film scoring.  I can remember watching our old VHS copy again and again, when Michael was probably no more than 4; I became more and more mesmerized by the main title music—who wrote it…who was Bernard Herrmann?  With some further investigative work, we found that he also scored “Jason and the Argonauts,” and “Mysterious Island,” and most of Hitchcock’s classic films, not to mention the fact that it was Herrmann’s music accompanying two of my favorite TV episodes of all time, “The Eye of the Beholder” and “The Jar” (which still isn’t available on DVD!).  Anyway, a full-scale study of Herrmann’s music was subsequently launched.  There’s no question in my mind that cyclops, roc, dragon, and skeleton warrior, along with some magical music, all combined to place a lasting spell on a young boy’s impressionable mind—thank you Ray, Bennie, Charles, and everyone involved—I guess I was hoping something like that would happen!

Michael Zielski

P. S.  I saw what Santa left you under the tree, Ron—and I zeroed right in on that Prehistoric Animals View-Master packet.  I have the earlier Sawyer version, Battle of the Monsters from The Animal World (same images)—it’s always been my favorite View-Master, especially the reddish-hued images of reel 3, leading up to the moment when the earth cracks open and swallows up the dinos!  Everything looked so real!  I finally found out years later that those memorable scenes were courtesy of the artistry of Ray Harryhausen (and Willis O’Brien)—I should’ve known!

Above: Ron's Christmas stash from 2011! Note the Harryhausen Viewmaster dinosaur reel.


Hi Ron,

I forgot to send this picture (above) last night when I sent you my 7th Voyage comments--my son at 21 last year with HRRYHSN (as my car is now called) and Mike Hankin's Vol. 3 of Ray Harryhausen Master of the Majicks.


Loved your coverage regarding 7th Voyage of Sinbad. I produced the 2 1/2 hour long NPR radio documentary on Herrmann that has been broadcast world wide for the past 20 years. It is also on line for your web site readers to enjoy so please post this link if you like:

-Bruce Crawford

Thanks Bruce....great show!

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