Saturday, August 19, 2006

VIII. THE SONS OF HERCULES MOVIES & STEVE REEVES’ OTHER ROLES


The Sons of Hercules was a syndicated television show that aired in the States in the 1960s. The series re-invented 14 Italian sword-and-sandal films by giving them a catchy theme tune and a standard introduction relating the lead character in each film to the Greek demigod Hercules any way they could. The films are not in chronological order, as they are not really connected to each other plotwise. The first title listed for each film was its American television title, followed by the translation of the original Italian title in parentheses:

* Mole Men versus the Son of Hercules (Maciste, The Strongest Man in the World) starring Mark Forest as Maciste

* The Terror of Rome versus the Son of Hercules (Maciste, Gladiator of Sparta) starring Mark Forest as Maciste

* Fire Monsters Against The Son Of Hercules (Maciste Vs. The Monsters) starring Reg Lewis as Maciste

* Triumph Of The Son Of Hercules (The Triumph Of Maciste) starring Kirk Morris as Maciste

* Son Of Hercules In The Land Of Darkness (Hercules The Invincible) starring Dan Vadis as Hercules

* Ulysses Vs. The Son Of Hercules (Ulysses Against Hercules) starring Mike Lane as Hercules

* Son Of Hercules In The Land Of Fire (Ursus In The Land Of Fire) starring Ed Fury as Ursus

* Ursus, Son Of Hercules (aka Ursus, aka Mighty Ursus) starring Ed Fury as Ursus

* The Tyrant Of Lydia Vs. The Son Of Hercules (Goliath and the Rebel Slave) starring Gordon Scott as Goliath

* Messalina Against the Son Of Hercules (The Last Gladiator) starring Richard Harrison as Glaucus

* The Devil Of The Desert Vs. The Son Of Hercules (Anthar The Invincible) starring Kirk Morris as Anthar

* Medusa Vs. The Son Of Hercules (Perseus The Invincible) starring Richard Harrison as Perseus

* The Beast Of Babylon Versus The Son Of Hercules (Hero Of Babylon) starring Gordon Scott as Prince Nippur

* Venus Against The Son Of Hercules (Mars, God Of War) starring Roger Browne as Mars

COMPLETE LIST OF STEVE REEVES' OTHER MUSCLEBOUND ROLES

* AVENGER, THE (1962) aka THE LEGEND OF AENEAS, aka THE LAST GLORY OF TROY

* DUEL OF THE TITANS (1961) aka ROMULUS AND REMUS

* GIANT OF MARATHON, THE (1959) aka THE BATTLE OF MARATHON

* GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS (1959) aka TERROR OF THE BARBARIANS


* HERCULES (1957)

* HERCULES UNCHAINED (1959)

* LAST DAYS OF POMPEII, THE (1959)

* MORGAN, THE PIRATE (1960)

* PIRATES OF THE SEVEN SEAS (1964)

* SANDOKAN, THE GREAT (1964) aka THE PIRATES OF MALAYSIA

* SLAVE, THE (1962) aka SON OF SPARTACUS


* THIEF OF BAGHDAD, THE (1960)

* TROJAN HORSE, THE (1961) aka THE TROJAN WAR

* WHITE WARRIOR, THE (1959) directed by Riccardo Freda

Next time we round our 'listings' off with a list of other sword & sandal / peplum epics without the staple hero ingredient as well as Peplum of the' 80's.........................................

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