Monday, November 4, 2019

By the Gods!

Dominique Boschero, Georges Marchal and Mike Lane in ULYSSES AGAINST HERCULES (1962)

Mike Lane, a wrestler from the US, was always an odd choice for Hercules. Beardless and very tall (6'6"), with minimal acting experience. Surprisingly enough, he's okay in it but his Hercules is most definitely different than any other out there. His only other genre film is VALLEY OF THE DRAGONS, an unlikely sci-fi/caveman movie. Marchal is great as Ulysses, probably my favourite Ulysses of all actors who played him. Dominique Boschero, who is quite beautiful in this movie and even if she's made to look like a Vegas showgirl she's compelling nonetheless in a small role. I wonder what happened to her. I think these odd combinations actually work in the end thanks to the direction of Mario Caiano. This is a stand-out PEPLUM for many reasons but mainly because it was shot on the stunning Canary Islands. A HD copy of this film would be fantastic.


Scott Ochiltree said...

In my view the best Ulysses was Kirk Douglas.

Anonymous said...

Michael Lane was also the monster in Frankenstein 1970.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with the topic at hand but readers of this blog should know that Kino Lorber has just announced forthcoming Blu-rays of Wonders of Aladdin and Goliath and the Vampires. The latter has apparently undergone a major restoration, which it badly needed. I don't know the release date yet.

orsh549 said...

Lane also starred in the movie THE HARDER THEY FALL with Bogart. He played a South American Boxer who takes the USA by storm. The movie was Bogart's last because he was battling cancer and is considered one of his best. Lane did a good job in his role which was no small role whatsoever. If you ever get the chance to see it the movie usually plays on TCM.

PEPLUM TV said...

"Blu-rays of Wonders of Aladdin and Goliath and the Vampires"

Great news.

Thanks for the info, Orsh549