Friday, July 23, 2021

By the Gods!

Gordon Scott as Hercules in HERCULES AND THE PRINCESS OF TROY (1965; TV) 

A failed TV pilot that was destined for US TV markets. It was 5 years too late. Had this pilot been made in 1960 or 1961, maybe the series would have been picked up but by 1965, a lot of people had enough of any storyline set in Antiquity, mythical or not. There are many interesting aspects about it, including the excellent cast, Gordon Scott's ownvoice, the look of it, the monster at the end mostly the entire project itself. It's pretty much an encapsulation of the PEPLUM genre distilled down to less than an hour. This mini movie had no issues on Youtube for over a decade and suddenly Studio Canal+ took my copy down, claiming copyright issues. It's very bizarre. A new German DVD with thipilot episode will be released as part of a pack of three titles. I wonder if the quality of the image will be the same or better. 


Unknown said...

I found a nice colour version ( not faded colours) on OK.RU. It’s the best print l have seen. Maybe check this version out.

Fred Blosser said...

Didn't Carlo Rimbaldi create the sea monster? I remember photos in CalviN Beck's CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN magazine. There was also an unsuccessful TV pilot for ALEXANDER THE GREAT around the same time, with William Shatner.