Giovanni Cianfriglia in THE PIRATE OF THE 'BLACK HAWK'
Giovanni has less than a minute of screen time in the standard European pirate flick. It's one of those pirate movies which takes place almost entirely on land. There aren't any truly memorable scenes in this production directed by the usually dependable Sergio Grieco.
Jeff Chandler, Louis Jourdan and Debra Paget in BIRD OF PARADISE
All three actors would have solid careers in the PEPLUM genre. Though not 100% PEPLUM, I consider South Sea adventures to fall under the PEPLUM umbrella. The stories and themes are pretty much identical to many PEPLUM films. I finally saw this film a year ago and I was disappointed by it. Way too serious and unfocused. But great locations and good looking cast help make it watchable.
Demetrios (Sal Ponti) fights off Andex the Giant (Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei) in ATLANTIS THE LOST CONTINENT
One of many Hollywood's attempts in trying to make a PEPLUM film, in style and action, including using scenes from other films, like QUO VADIS for this one. It's a mish-mash of genres: sci-fi, fantasy and Antiquity. It's basically Dr Moreau story transplanted in a different time. Not a big fan of it (the main characters are point blank annoying) but I love everything to do with Atlantis so I mostly give it a pass.
Continuing with profiling relatively unknown supporting actors of Italian/Euro PEPLUM films. Today it's Aldo Pini. Aldo appeared in *many* films. He's one of those actors seen all the time in PEPLUM film but many don't know his name. He had a distinctive look and was easily recognizable in all his roles, short or extensive. One of his first genre film was QUO VADIS, where he's seen briefly at the Bull keeper, showing the bull to Patricia Laffan. But his most notable role was in the two Steve Reeves HERCULES films. He played Tifi, pilot of the Argo.
The list below is long and many of his appearances are not listed at IMDb. He's also in other films not shown here, like THE SWORD AND THE CROSS. I like Aldo. He's a real PEPLUM star. QUO VADIS
Aldo with Patricia Laffan
Aldo with Kirk Douglas
Small but vocal role in his first of many roles in a Pietro Francisci film
Aldo as Tifi, one of the Argonauts. Below : piloting the Argo with Hercules (Steve Reeves)
Tifi (Pini) saying goodbye to Hercules (Reeves)
Aldo is credited as 'bad thief' in this film but unfortunately, there's no close-up on his face
CONQUEROR OF THE ORIENT
A small role as a guard in this cheapie
MORGAN THE PIRATE
Aldo reteams with Steve Reeves in this excellent film
ESTHER & THE KING
Aldo co-starred with Sergio Fantoni in ESTHER & THE KING
SWORD OF THE CONQUEROR
Another small but vocal role for Aldo
Aldo with other familiar PEPLUM faces : Livio Lorenzon and Claudio Scarchilli (far right), also profiled here.
CAESAR THE CONQUEROR
Aldo plays a Roman general
DAMON & PYTHIAS
Another cameo-like appearance in this film.
HERO OF BABYLON
Aldo played a High Priest in this action-packed film
GOLIATH AND THE REBEL SLAVE
Aldo plays another High Priest
HERCULES, SAMSON & ULYSSES
Aldo is back with the Argonauts, along with Kirk Morris, in this Pietro Francisci mini-epic
BRENNUS - ENEMY OF ROME
Aldo costarring with Gordon Mitchell and Ursula Davis, who was also profiled recently here at the PEPLUM blog
FALL OF ROME
A brief scene where Aldo is killed
SEVEN SLAVES AGAINST ROME
Aldo was the comedic foil for Arnaldo Fabrizio's hijinks
SEVEN REBEL GLADIATORS
Aldo costarring with Giacomo Rossi Stuart
ERIK THE VIKING
Aldo in full makeup and beard, along with Gordon Mitchell and Erno Crisa
George Ardisson and Pascale Petit, as Cleopatra, in A QUEEN FOR CAESAR
Pascale is still alive but has disappeared from the face of the earth since she retired from acting. There's another Pascale Petit online, a writer/poet, who is not the same person but is often mistaken for an older Pascale the actress. As for George, yes, he's still alive as well. For some odd reason, this film elicits a lot of hatred in some people but I enjoy it. Pascale makes the film.
In this corner, Jayne Mansfield, American bombshell and all around sweet person and in the other corner, Moira Orfei, Italian temptress and Circus superstar. Both starred together in THE LOVES OF HERCULES (aka Hercules vs the Hydra) and both apparently didn't get along, or at least, according to Moira in an interview made a few years ago, the Italian actress was miffed that Jayne, the American, was the star of the film and made sure the Italian crew got her specific instructions on how to light and film Jayne vs her. Jayne still looked good for most of the film but I must admit that some scenes Jayne looked sorta daft.
So who would win in a real life cat fight? Jayne or Moira?
Where's Jayne's name on the poster?
In the end, Moira would have the last laugh, at least in Italy, as the film was advertised without Jayne's name on movie posters. That wicked Moira.
Richard Greene and Yvonne de Carlo in DESERT HAWK (1950)
One of those mostly studio-bound Arabian adventures made in the 1940s and early 1950s. Very colourful and good production, Greene wasn't suited for the role though. His proper English accent was too polished for such a film.