Here’s one that has stumped me for over 10 years:
When seen: Early 1960s (color)
Genre: It was a Sinbad voyage or similar, much of the action occurred on ships
Locale: Like Sinbad, it was set in a vague middle-Eastern location
Plot: There’s a nefarious vizier or wizard who (as usual) wants to find something of great value (vague, I know)
Memorable Scene: The evil vizier or wizard creates an automaton or life-size doll in the shape of a beautiful woman, As I recall, she is dressed in a costume similar to that of a belly-dancer (overflowing halter, harem pants, bare midriff). The purpose of the automaton is to assassinate a king or emperor. It will do so by hugging the victim tightly. In order to test his creation, the vizier calls in some innocent guard and tells him, “Hey, this beautiful woman would like to meet you.” The guard is obviously pleased and walks right over, only to be embraced to death! He-heh! The entire time, the expression on the automaton’s face never changes.
I remember this one scene because it was quite terrifying to me at my age to see a beautiful “woman” killing some poor innocent guy. I have literally (in the proper sense) gone through the IMDB lists of fantasy movies for this period and can’t seem to identify it. As I recall, the production was typical of many 1960s fantasy movies. I don’t remember if there were any Harryhausen effects or much else about it.
Help! This drives me nuts!