II. THE ITALIAN HERCULES MOVIES 1957-1964
* Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole/ The Labors of Hercules, 1957) starring Steve Reeves
* Goliath and the Dragon (La Vendetta di Ercole/ The Revenge of Hercules, 1960) starring Mark Forest (this Hercules film was transformed into a "Goliath" movie before it was distributed in the USA odd as the Hercules ‘umbrella’ would’ve brought more dollars?)
* Hercules Vs The Hydra (Gli Amori di Ercole/ The Loves of Hercules, 1960) starring Mickey Hargitay & Jayne Mansfield
* Hercules and the Captive Women (Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide/ Hercules at the Conquest of Atlantis, aka Hercules and the Haunted Women) 1961, starring
* Hercules in the Haunted World (Ercole al centro della terra/ Hercules at the Center of the Earth) 1961 (directed by Mario Bava) starring
* Hercules in the Vale of Woe (Maciste contro Ercole nella valle dei guai/ Maciste Vs. Hercules in the Vale of Woe) 1961, starring Frank Gordon as Hercules (this was made as a semi-comedy/ satire on peplums)
* Ulysses Vs. The Son of Hercules (Ulisse contro Ercole/ Ulysses Vs. Hercules) 1962 starring
* The Fury of Hercules (La Furia di Ercole/ The Fury of Hercules, aka The Fury of Samson) 1962, starring Brad Harris
* Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (Ercole sfida Sansone/ Hercules Challenges Samson) 1963, starring Kirk Morris as Hercules
* Hercules Vs. the Moloch (Ercole contro Molock/ Hercules Vs. Moloch, aka The Conquest of Mycene) 1963, starring Gordon Scott
* Son of Hercules in the
* Hercules Vs. The Giant Warrior (il Trionfo di Ercole/ The Triumph of Hercules, aka Hercules and the Ten Avengers) 1964, starring Dan Vadis
* Hercules Against
* Hercules Against the Sons of the Sun (Ercole contro i figli del sole, 1964)starring
* Samson and the Mighty Challenge (Ercole, Sansone, Maciste e Ursus: gli invincibili, aka Combate dei Gigantes) 1964, starring Alan Steel as Hercules (this was more of a comedy/ satire on peplums & featured Hercules prominently in the plot)
* Hercules and the Princess of
* Hercules, the Avenger (Sfida dei giganti/Challenge of the Giants, 1965)starring
Some of the other Hercules adventures were not Hercules movies in their native
* "Hercules, Prisoner of Evil" was actually a retitled Ursus film.
* "Hercules and the Masked Rider" was actually a retitled Goliath movie.
* "Hercules Against the Moon Men", "Hercules Against the Barbarians", "Hercules Against the Mongols" and "Hercules of the Desert" were all originally Maciste films.
None of these were connected to Hercules in anyway when seen in their original Italian Language, the same was also for the ‘Sons of Hercules’ movies which were syndicated films on television deemed too inferior for the large screen.
These were known under totally different titles and although can be heard referred to under their original myth hero title were still ‘marketable’ under ‘The Sons of Hercules’ banner.
Due to the scarceity of the originals I have no comparison with their ‘re-packings’ but if I know as much about distribution and how it works as I do, I bet some of these were/are cut to pieces and re-filmed credit wise.