Lancelot and Guinevere

Lancelot and Guinevere

Theatrical poster
Directed by Cornel Wilde
Produced by Bernard Luber
Cornel Wilde
Written by Richard Schayer
Cornel Wilde (as Jefferson Pascal)
Starring Cornel Wilde
Jean Wallace
Brian Aherne
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by Frederick Wilson
Distributed by Universal-International Films
Release dates
  • 2 June 1963 (1963-06-02) (UK)
  • 5 June 1963 (1963-06-05) (US)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Lancelot and Guinevere (known as Sword of Lancelot in the U.S.) is a British 1963 film starring Cornel Wilde, his real-life wife at the time, Jean Wallace, and Brian Aherne. This lesser-known version of the Camelot legend is a work shaped predominantly by Cornel Wilde, who co-produced, directed, co-wrote, and played Lancelot.


Lancelot is King Arthur's most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. Things change, however, when he falls for Guinevere (Wallace), bride of Arthur (Brian Aherne, who had essayed this character previously in 1954's Prince Valiant), and she for him.

Made ten years after Richard Thorpe's film Knights of the Round Table, the illicit romance this time is portrayed as a more intimate affair, and the sword fights have a more menacing reality (Wilde was an excellent fencer). A sub-plot concerns Arthur's effort to forestall a challenge from a rival king, a problem that will inevitably catch Lancelot up in a personal conflict.


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