Saturday, August 17, 2019

BY THE GODS! website

New website for upcoming BTG projects is live! Make sure to bookmark it.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

By the Gods!

Jezebel (Paulette Goddard) is greeted by Jehu (George Nader) in SINS OF JEZEBEL (1953)

If there's one story that deserves a major big budget production, it's this one. Jezebel, King Ahab and Elijah. The only film made was this one. It's okay but not really impressive. Production values are low and the acting is stiff, delivery stilted dialogue. Paulette is actually good (if a bit too old) and gives her all but the rest of the cast is not adequate. Eduard Franz is miscast as Ahab who should have been way more sinister. And Nader is stiff. There is an elaborate dance number to the pagan god. The film is not dark enough and key events of the story are wrong or not well thought out (Jezebel and Jehu falling for each other, the ending, etc). It comes across more like a community theatre production shot on film than anything else. Passable but underwhelming. Obviously shot in California. In ANSCO color!

Lobby Cards Set: THE MINOTAUR

U.S. Lobby cards set for THE MINOTAUR (1960). Excellent set. There's a card with the actual Minotaur in it which must fetch more money than the other cards. Funny enough, card #3 is a scene that's not in the movie, in any different versions I have. I have to make a compilation of such 'missing' scenes seen in lobby cards sets of different movies.


Different titles of URSUS AND THE TARTAR PRINCESS (Ursus e la ragazza tartara; 1961) starring Joe Robinson. Unfortunately, no original Italian title or Spanish title have yet to surface somewhere...anywhere. But there are two different English titles!

The International English title. This title is available indifferent copies. This screengrab was taken from a Dutch VHS transfer.

I'm assuming this is the US TV broadcast title. I'm not certain if it was released in theatres. I've never come across any US movie posters or any memorabilia from the US for this title. 

German title which translates as THE HORDES OF KHAN

The French title which translates as THE DAUGHTER OF THE TARTARES

Monday, August 12, 2019

By the Gods!

Federica Ranchi and Gerald Landry in THE BLACK ARCHER (1959)

A fun old fashion actioner with some surprising twists. Landry is an interesting actor. He was born in 1912 and was 47 years old when he made this movie. He started acting in the early 1930s. He appeared in a handful of PEPLUM productions, including DEFEAT OF THE BARBARIANS (1962). As for Ranchi, she acted in just a handful of films, most notably GOLIATH & THE DRAGON (1960) and SON OF SAMSON (1960).

It will premiere on BY THE GODS! channel on Thursday August 15 at 8pm EST.

PEPLUM Movie Poster


This is the poster for the 1978 re-release. Very nice.

New: My PEPLUM Movie (By the Gods!)

I participated in the making of a short PEPLUM movie. In this video, I break down what happened.

Make sure to subscribe to new channel, BY THE GODS!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

New: PEPLUM TV official merch!

PEPLUM TV finally has official merch (aka merchandise). This is a commercial for the store. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

By the Gods!

Caroline Munro and John Phillip Law in THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1973)

How many PEPLUM movies can you name off the top of your head that have the word GOLDEN in their titles? There is a good number of them.

PEPLUM Location: Museo Della Civilta Romana

The Museo Della Civilta Romana was a popular location for PEPLUM movies. The grand architecture made for an easy and quick way of establishing some sort of grand setting without having to actually build anything. The complex is spread out and different parts of the museum were filmed individually in other movies. Here's a sample of movies which filmed in the courtyard/parking area of the museum (I didn't include all titles, like SIGN OF THE GLADIATOR (1959) or THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS (1958))

Above and below: FRINE - COURTESAN OF THE ORIENT (1953) starring Pierre Cressoy and Elena Kleus

Above and below: TWO NIGHTS WITH CLEOPATRA (1954) starring Alberto Sordi and Sophia Loren.

Above and below: QUEEN OF BABYLON (1954) starring Rhonda Fleming as Semiramis (with Amerigo Santarelli)

Above and below: APHRODITE - GODDESS OF LOVE (1958) starring Germano Longo and Irene Tunc. Directed by Mario Bonnard who also directed FRINE - COURTESAN OF THE ORIENT.

Above and below: THE GIANTS OF THESSALY (1960) starring Roland Carey, Mario Novelli, Nando Tamberlani and Cathia Caro

Above and below: THE LOVE OF HERCULES (Hercules vs the Hydra; 1960) starring Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay.

Above and below: GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS (1961) starring Brad Harris and Gloria Milland.


Barry Coe died on July 16 at the age of 84. His death made headlines just recently. Coe starred in THE 300 SPARTANS (1962) along with Richard Egan (above). He was Phylon, and his love interest was Diane Baker (below).

He was also in THE WIZARD OF BAGHDAD (1960) in which Diane baker also starred and their characters were also romantically involved.

George Hilton (born Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara) died on July 28 at the age of 85. George was mainly known for his Spaghetti Westerns and Giallo type of movies but he did appear in THE MASKED MAN AND THE PIRATES (1964).

R.I.P. to both men.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Blog note

I'll be posting only twice a week during the month of August. Blog posts will return full time in September.

By the Gods!

Daniela Rocca and Rod Taylor in COLOSSUS & THE AMAZON QUEEN (1960)

According to legend, Amazon warriors had one breast cut off, in order to help with their fighting or aim during battle. This aspect of the Amazons has never been shown authentically in any movie I've seen, and certainly not in this lightweight comedy. But a clever comprise was made: their uniforms had one great covered and padded down while exposing the other. It gives a faux impression of them having one breast. I always thought that this was a creative way of achieving this aspect of the female warriors. A comedy with excellent production values (from left-overs of SIEGE OF SYRACUSE (1960))

PEPLUM Movie Poster

US poster of THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (1953)

Very rare. I like it. Captures the film's 'barbaric splendour.'

New: PEPLUM TV merch!

PEPLUM TV finally has official merch (aka merchandise). I've worked non-stop in these (it took 5 hours just to set up store correctly). Support the blog, PEPLUM TV and BY THE GODS! channels, and upcoming ventures by purchasing some cool stuff.

I'll be adding new designs quite often so make sure to check out the store on a regular basis. Below are some of the designs available. Side note: the store is based in the US and they ship stuff from the US and or from the Europe, for those across the pond.