7th Voyage of Sinbad, The (1958): Ray Harryhausen’s Heroic Fantasy Adventure

Nathan H. Juran directed The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, a Technicolor heroic fantasy adventure, starring Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, and Alec Mango.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
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The first of three Sinbad features from Columbia, it was produced by Charles H. Schneer.

The other two were The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).

All three Sinbad films were conceptualized by Ray Harryhausen, using Dynamation, the full color widescreen stop-motion animation technique that he created.

The film does not follow the storyline of the tale “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor” but shares more in common with the Third and Fifth voyages of Sinbad.

Sinbad the sailor and his ship’s crew make landfall on the island of Colossa, where they encounter Sokurah the magician fleeing a giant cyclops. Though he escapes, Sokurah loses a magic lamp to the creature. Sinbad refuses his desperate pleas to return to Colossa because Parisa, Princess of Chandra, is aboard. Their marriage is meant to secure peace between her father’s realm and Sinbad’s homeland, Baghdad.

The music score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, better known for his collaborations with Hitchcock; in the same year, he composed Vertigo.

Herrmann wrote the scores for three other Harryhausen films: Mysterious Island, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, and Jason and the Argonauts. Of the four, Harryhausen regarded the score for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad as his finest.

Critical Status:

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was selected in 2008 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”