The Talisman, Walter Scott’s classic about the third crusade, gets the full spectacle treatment in this entry.
The Scott classic details the efforts of Christian nations from Europe, marshalled under the leadership of England’s King Richard, to gain the Holy Grail from the Mohammedans. In addition to the fighting wiles of the crafty Moslems, King Richard must contend with the sinister ambitions of some of his entourage and these rivalries almost doom the crusade.
David Butler’s direction manages to keep a long show nearly always moving at a fast clip. Especially attractive to the action-minded will be the jousting sequences, either those showing training or those in deadly seriousness, and the bold battling is mostly concerned with combat between the forces of good and evil among the crusaders themselves. The script is especially good in its dialog, particularly that handed to Rex Harrison.