Kerwin Matthews didn’t get to spend much time with Lilliputian ladies in The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, but he got more than a handful two years earlier in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. That’s the delightful Kathryn Grant as Princess Parisa, reduced to a height of three inches by the evil sorcerer Sokurah, who demands passage to and protection on the island of Colossa, where the shell of a roc’s egg, necessary to restore the princess, may only be found. Sokurah wants to retrieve his magic lamp, which he lost when fleeing the fearsome Cyclops who dwells on the island. No one saw Sokurah shrink the princess while she slept, but Sinbad is a good judge of character and he knows a shakedown when he sees it.
Only prison convicts promised a pardon are willing to crew Sinbad’s ship on a trip to monster-ridden Colossa, and Sinbad ruminates in his cabin while sharing kind words with the tiny Parisa.
After arriving at Colossa and suffering betrayals both by his crew and Sokurah, Sinbad and his loyal men are captured by the Cyclops and put in a cage while the monster roasts them on a spit one by one. Sinbad decides to try having Parisa unbolt the cage from the outside.
After escaping the Cyclops, Sinbad recovers the lamp before Sokurah can use it to abandon them. They make their way to the roc’s nest, and after collecting a piece of egg shell, Sinbad’s starving men slaughter and roast the baby roc. While this feast is being prepared, Parisa convinces Sinbad to let her enter the lamp.
Parisa meets the lamp’s genie and convinces him to tell her the words that allow the summoner to command him. She promises to help free him if she can, then exits the lamp and tells Sinbad how to summon the genie.
Then, Mama roc smells her baby being turned into buffalo wings and returns to the nest, attacking Sinbad and his men. Sinbad keeps hold of the lamp as he charges off to fight the roc, but Sokurah kills the one loyal man left watching him and makes off with Parisa.
Sinbad saves the day of course, and forces Sokurah to restore Parisa before the sorcerer perishes in a fight between the Cyclops and Sokurah’s pet dragon (that’s right, Sokurah lives on this slag heap). The genie is freed and happily hands out wishes to the surviving crew, but unfortunately Parisa neglects to wish for a tiny Sinbad to keep in that jeweled case (”just for a day or two”).
Originally posted: 09 Sep 2016