Anna Maria Polani and Howard Ross (aka Renato Rossini) in MISSIONE SABBIE ROVENTI
This film was never dubbed in English so there's no official English title. It translates as MISSION HOT SANDS. I haven't seen it yet and it's pretty hard to come by. I believe this is one of the few films in which Howard was leading man (but since I haven't seen it I can't be certain of this).
While I took a month off, PEPLUM star Jacques Sernas died. He was 89 years old. He was star of countless PEPLUM films and was one of the major actors of the genre. He was given an opportunity that most actors of the genre, including Steve Reeves, never got : lead role in a major Hollywood epic which was HELEN OF TROY. Unfortunately that film failed to establish him as a leading man in other Hollywood productions but he became one with European / Italian films. Aside from the 4 films listed here he was also in GODDESS OF LOVE, SIGN OF THE GLADIATOR, GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES, SON OF SPARTACUS, QUEEN OF THE TARTARS, DUEL OF CHAMPIONS, THE NIGHTS OF LUCRETIA BORGIA and that's just on the top of my head. He was overlooked compared to other actors and I always enjoyed his presence. All the PEPLUM stars are dying off.
JACQUES in THE LOVES OF SALAMMBO
Jacques costarred along with Steve Reeves and Virna Lisi in DUEL OF THE TITANS
Gianna Maria Canale starred along with Jacques in CONQUEROR OF CORINTH
Hercules (Steve Reeves) emerges from a river in HERCULES UNCHAINED
Nice shot of Steve in action!
Some blog notes:
I'll be posting irregularly for the time being. I'm currently working on a project which is taking much of my time. I'm not dropping this blog (I have more than one blog). It'll just be more casual, not every day. I'm also trying to change the design of the blog which is pretty much dated. I need to find a good template. You might see changes happening here from time to time as I try to find the right look and design.