Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Battle of the Titans : Jayne Mansfield vs Moira Orfei in THE LOVES OF HERCULES

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.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's curious how that Italian poster also has 'Le Quattro Fatiche di Ercole' (The Four Labours of Hercules). I've only seen that on some posters but not in film listings so I don't know how that bit fits. Perhaps Moira didn't have the last word after all. Here are two Italian posters with Jayne as the centre of attention and no Moira in sight (although her name does appear in the credits). Note also the simpler film title.