Saturday, August 19, 2006

VI. THE ITALIAN GOLIATH MOVIES (1960-1964)

After the classic "Hercules” became a blockbuster sensation in the film industry, a 1959 Steve Reeves film ("Terror of the Barbarians") was retitled "Goliath and the Barbarians" in the USA, the film was so successful at the box office, it inspired Italian filmmakers to do a series of 4 films featuring a beefcake hero named Goliath. We cannot categorise these movies with the 1960’s Orson Welles ‘David and Goliath’ as that is a pure representation of the Christian mythological fable.

The Goliath 4 ;

* Goliath contro i giganti/ Goliath Against the Giants (1960) starring Brad Harris as Goliath.

* Goliath e la schiava ribelle/ Goliath and the Rebel Slave (aka The Tyrant of Lydia Vs. The Son of Hercules, 1963) starring Gordon Scott as Goliath

* Golia e il cavaliere mascherato/ Goliath and the Masked Rider (aka Hercules and the Masked Rider, 1964) starring Alan Steel as Goliath.

* Golia alla conquista di Bagdad/ Goliath at the Conquest of Baghdad (aka Goliath at the Conquest of Damascus, 1964) starring Peter Lupus as Goliath.

The name "Goliath" was later inserted into the film titles of 3 other Italian muscleman movies that were retitled for distribution in the USA in an attempt to cash in on the Goliath craze, but these films were not originally made as Goliath movies in Italy. Both "Goliath and the Vampires" (1961) and "Goliath and the Sins of Babylon" (1963) actually featured the famed superhero Maciste in the original Italian versions, but American distributors didn't feel the name Maciste had any meaning to American audiences. "Goliath and the Dragon" (1960) was originally an Italian Hercules movie called "The Revenge of Hercules".

Next 'The Italian Gladiator Movies'...................................

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