Saturday, August 19, 2006

IV. THE ITALIAN URSUS MOVIES (1961-1964)


Ursus was a super-human who featured predominantly in Christian/Roman mythology, the character was adapted and used as the hero in a series of Italian adventure films made in the 1960's.

Ursus was referred to as a "Son of Hercules" in several of the films when they were dubbed in English , although in the original Italian versions, Ursus had no links to Hercules at all.

In the English-dubbed version of "Hercules, Prisoner of Evil", Ursus was actually referred to throughout the entire film as "Hercules".

Here are the ‘Ursus’ 9 ;

* Ursus (aka Mighty Ursus and Ursus, Son of Hercules) 1961 (starring Ed Fury)

* La vendetta di Ursus (The Revenge of Ursus) 1961 (starring Samson Burke)

* Ursus nella valle dei leoni (Ursus in the Valley of the Lions, aka Valley of the Lions) 1961 (starring Ed Fury)

* Ursus e la ragazza tartara (Ursus and the Tartar Girl, aka Ursus and the Tartar Princess, aka The Tartar Invasion) 1962 (starring Joe Robinson)

* Ursus nella terra di fuoco (Ursus in the Land of Fire, aka Son of Hercules in the Land of Fire) 1963 (starring Ed Fury)

* Ursus il gladiatore rebelle (Ursus, the Rebel Gladiator, aka The Rebel Gladiators) 1963 (starring Dan Vadis)

* Ursus il terrore dei kirghisi (Ursus, the Terror of the Kirghiz, aka Hercules, Prisoner of Evil) 1964 (starring Reg Park)

* Ercole, Sansone, Maciste e Ursus: gli invincibili (Hercules, Samson, Maciste and Ursus: The Invincibles, aka Samson and the Mighty Challenge, aka Combate dei gigantes) 1964 (this was a satire/ comedy poking fun at the sword-and-sandal genre, and starred Yan Larvor as Ursus)

* Gli invincibili tre (The Invincible Three, aka The Three Invincibles, aka Three Avengers) 1964 (Ursus was the lead hero in this film, played by Alan Steel.)


The Samson movies next.........................

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