Saturday, April 10, 2021


I take a break roughly every two months and my last full time break was in January so this is the time again.

Stay tuned!

I'll leave you now with King Leonidas (Richard Egan) from THE 300 SPARTANS (1962), saying "From this wall, we do not retreat!"

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Friday, April 9, 2021

By the Gods!

Unique fight scene with Daniele Vargas and Kirk Morris from TERROR OF THE STEPPES (1964)

This image from the movie was the logo of the streaming channel I used to run years ago at the now defunct site (below). I would show movies nonstop for an entire weekend. I really miss it. It was fun. I would work on stuff here at my place and watch movies with others while chatting with them. eventually closed and I didn't find a replacement for it. If I could do it again I would. Any lurkers here remember it?

At the movies...

Cecil B. DeMille's  CLEOPATRA (1934) playing at the Orpheum in October 1934 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

By the Gods!

Richard Harrison, as Perseus, in PERSEUS THE INVINCIBLE (1963) 

The three marks of Jupiter on the left shoulder of Perseus. The aide notices the marks and brings Perseus to his mother, the Queen. This is a common idea/plot point in mythology and PEPLUM movies as well. A simple man who discovers he's actually the son of a God and the rightful ruler of a kingdom. These screen grabs are from an HD version in Spanish (from a streaming service). The Spanish version is different from the Italian / US version. Which version is the best? I prefer the Italian one but I must admit that the added scenes in the Spanish version are fun to watch. Richard Harrison is often dismissed by some as a PEPLUM star but personally, Harrison made some fun and even great PEPULM movies, including this one which has had a lasting influence greater than people are ready to admit. His Perseus, unlike the classically Greek-styled Harry Hamlin in CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981), is more in the All-American style. I like this movie a lot. 

Lobby card set: THE SON OF SPARTACUS (1962)

US lobby cards of THE SON OF SPARTACUS (1962), aka THE SLAVE, starring Steve Reeves, Gianna Maria Canale, Jacques Sernas, etc. Okay lobby cards set. Missing too many great scenes including those around the pyramids, on the boat, Steve in his 'avenger' clothes, etc. Could have been better. Maybe the movie was too 'expansive' for a simple 8 cards set. Best cards are 6, 8, and 9.  Card #1 could have been a great card but the awful print ruins the photo.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

By the Gods!

Matte paintings from HEROD THE GREAT (1959)

I watched this recently. Such a great production. Directed by the brilliant Viktor Tourjansky. The movie has an amazing sense of space, framing, etc. And these matte paintings show off the above average production. The one below is great. I watched the original Italian version and noticed the scenes that didn't make it in the US cut. Some extensive scenes. 

Musings! (04-06)

Searching far and wide for all things PEPLUM! Luciano Marin and Steve Reeves in GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS (1959)

Should I take a break?

Personally, I'm exhausted right now. I need to take a break BUT the blog's stats are going through the roof. It's always when I'm about to take a break that things really explode. Just for today, the views are over 4000 and going higher. That ATLAS IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS screengrab is really popular.

March has been a great month with nearly 55K views which is about 15K views more than the average. One day the blog got over 5K views. The sad part about this is I don't know where the views are coming from. I have a counter and the blog's counter but it doesn't tell me where the clicks are coming from.

Just to give you an are the stats for the past 3 months. I'm happy but exhausted.

Cinematic Confusion

This VHS cover is a hot mess. It's a cover for URSUS IN THE LAND OF FIRE (1963) starring Ed Fury but the front cover has Samson Burke from TOTO VS MACISTE. The image on the back cover is unknown to me. Probably SON OF SAMSON.

Can you guess the movie?

Can you guess what movie this is? Where it was made? etc...without searching the internet or internet movie database. The movie is on Youtube and I've tried to download it and I can't. They're using some sort of different technology. It's very odd. But the movie itself is not as 'sexy' as the cover suggests.

Recent acquisition

I just got this in the mail today. READ THE BOOK! SEE THE MOVIE! Written by the author of EPIC FILMS, Gary A. Smith. Looks like a fun read. 

Movies I watched...

I've acquired so many new titles via the internet, from my most excellent source, and I watched so many of them that I don't even remember which one I watched. I did watch these:

SON OF SPARTACUS (1962) starring Steve Reeves

In Italian and in high definition. Amazing how a beautiful HD print can make a movie, even in an other language, fun to watch. I've watched this movie so many times in English (and mostly bad prints) that it didn't matter if it was in Italian (which I can understand to a certain extent).

HERCULES AGAINST ROME (1964) starring Alan Steel

In Italian and in high definition. A beautiful print. I love this movie. I never get tired of watching it.

I didn't do any retouching for both screengrabs. See the 'By the Gods' post above for another movie I watched.

Have you seen?

LES GAULOISES BLONDES (1988). A parody of the ASTERIX AND OBELIX comic books. This is a recent discovery. I have never heard of this title before. And yes there's nudity (it's a French movie). What a find! 


Maybe one of the reasons the blog's stats are very healthy these days is due to these Musings! 

Do you like this recent feature? I have fun writing them.


I'm still waiting for the arrival of the ROMULUS AND REMUS German Blu-ray. It's a pain to wait but I'm patient. At least I have the digital copies. But I want to wait for the disc to review it. 


Future Musings:

- A PEPLUM TV forum?

- List of PEPLUM books

- List of movies available in HD / Blu-ray

- PEPLUM Museum?

- A new Twitter account for actresses of PEPLUM movies?

Monday, April 5, 2021

By the Gods!

Atlas (Gordon Mitchell) holds up a crumbling infrastructure in ATLAS IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS (1962)

The closest thing to something Atlas would do. The title was changed from MACISTE IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS to ATLAS because Maciste was not a marketable name outside of Italy or Europe. Atlas' story has never been done yet. The 1961 ATLAS has nothing to do with Greek mythology. Why hasn't Atlas made it yet to the big screen? This screen grab was taken from the Spanish DVD I recently purchased which is pretty sharp but it's not HD. An HD print of this will definitely surface one day since this is one of the perennial faves of fans of the PEPLUM genre.

PEPLUM Movie Posters

Original Italian poster of DEFEAT OF THE BARBARIANS (1962)

Great poster...that's Moira Orfei alright but the rest doesn't really reflect the movie itself.

Friday, April 2, 2021

By the Gods!

Jesus (Claude Heater) crucified in BEN-HUR (1959)

Easter weekend is upon us so that means a long weekend. For those who celebrate the holiday, have a happy and blessed Easter!

SWORD OF THE CONQUEROR score by Carlo Rustichelli

As I stated recently in my Musings!' one thing I've overlooked in the PEPLUM genre are soundtracks. I did embed soundtracks during the beginning of the blog but sota moved on with them but I feel some soundtracks should be in the spotlight. The soundtrack for SWORD OF THE CONQUEROR by Carlo Rustichelli, full of character and verve, even if the movie itself is sorta bland, certainly for a PEPLUM movie with such a cast and director. The annoying part of this excellent soundtrack is the fact that it was used and re-used by other PEPLUM movies after it was release that it has become a sort of a pain. You see, Youtube has copyrighted this score and all movies with the score have been blocked on the platform. That's a lot of titles. Oddly enough the movie itself is still available here and there on some old channels but if one uploads any movie which has this core, it will be blocked. I've had to remove over a dozen uploads from my channel because of this.

Great soundtrack...if a bit overused.


 I'm still waiting for the physical disc but in the meantime I got digital copies of it. Includes screengrabs...


Thursday, April 1, 2021

By the Gods!

Sergio Fantoni and Rosalba Neri in ESTHER AND THE KING (1960)

The main actors are Richard Egan and Joan Collins but this pair is more interesting. Not that there's anything wrong with Egan and Collins but as it's often the case in many PEPLUM movies, the secondary characters are often more lively or interesting than the lead actors and their roles they have to play. The best example would be QUO VADIS (1951) with Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr eclipsed by the Leo Genn / Marina Berti pairing.


The cast of VULCAN - SON OF JUPITER (1962): Bella Cortez, Iloosh Khoshabe, Annie Gorassini and Roger Browne

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Clip of the week: HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE (1964)

Dan Vadis as Hercules. Cool scene! 

If you can't view it click the link below

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

By the Gods!

Delilah (Hedy Lamar) and Samson (Victor Mature) in SAMSON AND DELILAH (1949)

Is this a movie about hair? 'Gee, your hair smells terrific!'

The story of Samson and Delilah has been told and retold many times at the movies. Has it been done right yet? Many will say that this version is the best one. It was a huge hit. It can't be topped. It helped re-ignite the interest in PEPLUM movies with the general public. I disagree. I like it and watched many times but it is sorta corny in spots. What keeps this one in the minds of people are the two stars. There aren't that many stars today that would be comparable to Lamarr or Mature. 

Musings! (03-30)

Searching far and wide for all things PEPLUM! Luciano Marin and Steve Reeves in GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS (1959)

Keeping track of new stuff

I recently got the new Spanish Blu-ray of ANTHAR THE INVINCIBLE (1964). I already posted about it at the BY THE GODS! blog. I'll go over it soon. There's not much to write about so don't expect an extensive review/overview as the one I gave to THE WONDERS OF ALADDIN.

So, this new Blu-ray is added to my collection. It keeps on growing. I'll have to update my PEPLUM Movie Collection page.

Here's the small list of new DVDs and Blu-rays I've acquired since making that page on my collection.


ANTHAR THE INVINCIBLE - Spanish BR with Italian and Spanish audio; Italian, Spanish and English subtitles

MESSALINA French Blu-ray - Italian, French and English audio








APHRODITE - GODDESS OF LOVE - Sinister Cinema DVD - Italian with English subs. Awful.

GOLGOTHA - Sinister Cinema DVD


Cinematic Confusion

This VHS cover is truly confusing. Not only is the title confusing (WAR IN CARTHAGE) but the photos are not from the movie itself. The photo on the left is John Drew Barrymore from THE PHARAOHS' WOMAN (1960) and the other one is a mystery. It looks like THE AVENGER (1962) but there's no scene like that in that movie. Maybe it's a publicity shot with unknown actors. The movie itself, if you haven't figured it out yet, is CARTHAGE IN FLAMES (1960). Nothing like the photos here.

Identify the movie!

Can you identify the PEPLUM movie from this screengrab? It's a popular PEPLUM movie, not an obscure one so you most likely seen this. What I find interesting with this shot is the statue of the elephant is a matte painting or added later optically. 

Have you seen this?

HERAKLES (1962). A short film directed by Werner Herzog, his directorial debut. It's an experimental film with a PEPLUM twist. It shows some of the 'labours' of HERCULES in modern times. The photo of the bodybuilder on the wall is Paul Wynter, who starred in a couple of PEPLUM productions. There are some clips of Wynter in competition. The bodybuilder featured in the short film was Reinhard Lichtenberg (below), the then Mr Germany. Werner was only 20 years old when he made this movie. The version I embedded here is not the original version. You can view the original version here (for some reason it's age-restricted).

It fun to see the influence of the PEPLUM genre inspiring other works of art.

Movies I watched...

I watched:

THE MERCENARIES in Italian. I posted about this title last week. 


Michèle Girardon stars in ANTHAR

ANTHAR THE INVINCIBLE Italian with English subtitles.

I have to say that ANTHAR holds up well today. It almost looks like it was shot yesterday.


I also watched part of THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1964) and noticed the Messina brothers, Roberto and Emilio, are in it. They're in the background, with Christopher Plummer and Anthony Quayle in the foreground. They're not listed anywhere for this movie so another PEPLUM TV first!

Future Musings:

- A PEPLUM TV forum?

- List of PEPLUM books

- List of movies available in HD / Blu-ray

- PEPLUM Museum?

- A new Twitter account for actresses of PEPLUM movies?

Monday, March 29, 2021

By the Gods!

Sinuhe (Edmund Purdom) and Nefer (Bella Darvi) in THE EGYPTIAN (1954) 

Bella Darvi's story is quite interesting. It's a tragic one. You can read it at the permanent page TRAGIC STARS. How should I summarize this movie? It's an existential epic. That's about it. It starts with a voiceover: "I, Sinuhe the Egyptian...". Purdom was a last minute replacement of Marlon Brando who hated Darvi, the role and the director. Dirk Bogarde was considered for the role before they settled with Purdom. Marilyn Monroe lobbied for the role but producer Darryl F. Zanuck cast Darvi instead, who was his mistress at the time. Can you imagine a PEPLUM movie with Brando and Marilyn? Somehow, the casting of Purdom and Darvi ended up being much better. Many cast members reportedly made fun of Darvi, including Jean Simmons. A movie based on the making of this movie would be fascinating. 

PEPLUM Movie Posters

Original Italian poster for KING OF THE VIKINGS (1960)

Great artwork for this Spanish Viking movie. The artwork of the Italian poster is much better than the one for the Spanish poster.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

By the Gods!

Reg Lewis as Maciste in COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE (1963 - aka Fire Monsters against the Son of Hercules)

Reg Lewis died last month, on February 11, at the age of 85. This movie is the only PEPLUM movie the bodybuilder starred in. I like it. Whatever you think about it, you can't say it's not unique in the PEPLUM genre. Margaret Lee (below) starred with him. His character's name is Maxus (sp) in the English dub. RIP. 

At the movies...

Steve Reeves at the French premiere of THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (1959)