The Magic Sword: A Mediaeval Mystery (1901)

UK, 1901

A British fantasy film directed by Walter R. Booth.

A young knight and the woman he loves are bothered by an ugly witch. She sends a swarm of hobgoblins after them who abduct the woman. The knight seeks the help of a fairy who gives him a magic sword which he uses to confront the evil crone in her cave.


Director: Walter R. Booth Paul’s Animatograph Works
Producer: R.W. Paul

Alternative Titles

The Magic Sword The Magic Sword, or A Medieval Mystery Magical Sword – USA



  • Film History vol.16 no.2 (2004) pp.163-171 – illustrated article (The Magic Sword: genealogy of an English trick film by Ian Christie)


  • The British Film Catalogue: Fiction Film, 1895-1994 3rd edition by Dennis Gifford 00483 p.19 – credits
  • The History of the British Film Volume 1 1896-1906 by Rachael Low with Roger Manvell p. 79 – note
  • Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography, 1896-1929 by Roy Kinnard p.14
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.279 – credits