Friday, July 26, 2019

By the Gods!

Sandokan (Steve Reeves) brings breakfast to Lt. Clintock (Nando Gazzolo) in SANDOKAN - PIRATE OF MALAYSIA (1964)

This movie is one of those rare instances when the sequel is as good as the first film, SANDOKAN THE GREAT (1963). Directed by Umberto Lenzi, it's quite a solid auctioner. In this scene, rife with subtext (like many others in it), the Lieutenant says Reeves looks more like a pirate than a cabin boy. Reeves' appearance arouses suspicion in the man and yet he asks the muscular cabin boy to fetch his sword (he does this in between a slight interruption I didn't grab). Now would you ask a pirate to get a sword that he might use in combat and kill you? Sometimes PEPLUM movies are not very logical. Or maybe...the lieutenant was just smitten with the formidable cabin boy.

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