Up 115,022 this week

Marvelous Maciste (1915)
"Maciste" (original title)

 |  Adventure  |  August 1915 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 47 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

A young girl, pursued by a band of conspirators, hides in a movie theatre where she watches the film Cabiria. She determines to seek the aid of that film's strongman, Maciste. When she ... See full summary »


(scenario) (as Agnes L. Bain) , (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

Related News

100th Anniversary: Cabiria
| FilmExperience
Top Movies of the Teens
| Alt Film Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1626 titles
created 22 Apr 2011
a list of 186 titles
created 10 Jan 2012
a list of 140 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
a list of 2202 titles
created 3 months ago
a list of 35 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Marvelous Maciste (1915)

Marvelous Maciste (1915) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Marvelous Maciste.

User Polls




Cast overview:
Bartolomeo Pagano ...
Maciste (as Maciste)
Leone Papa ...
Clementina Gay ...
Josefina (as Arline Costello in USA version)
Amelia Chellini ...
Madre di Josefina (as Louise Farnsworth in USA version)
Didaco Chellini ...
Il duca Alexis (as Robert Ormand in USA version)
Ada Marangoni


A young girl, pursued by a band of conspirators, hides in a movie theatre where she watches the film Cabiria. She determines to seek the aid of that film's strongman, Maciste. When she locates him, he helps her overcome her enemies, but not without many thrilling and dangerous adventures. Written by Jim Beaver <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

August 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marvelous Maciste  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(2006 restored)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Followed by Maciste und die chinesische Truhe (1923) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Long Running Silent Serial

Frau Josephine is trying to escape from a band of conspirators through the streets of her town when finally she hides in a movie theatre, giving them the slip. The film exhibited in the movie theatre is "Cabiria" and when she sees Herr Maciste at his best, she decides to write a letter to him asking for help to save her and her mother from the wicked Duke Alexis, the man responsible for all their miseries.

As you can see during the early silent times, some silent characters were very popular with audiences who appreciated their forcefulness and their incredible adventures. "Maciste" was a strongman who appeared in the Italian landmark "Cabiria" (1914) directed by Herr Giovanni Pastrone. The muscleman inspired a whole series of sequels over a ten year period. In a sense, his adventures became something of a long running serial.

The character of "Maciste" was performed by Herr Bartolomeo Pagano, the silent screen's first strongman and he played the part in all the sequels. They were films full of adventures wherein the most complicated problem could be solved by Maciste's strength. The films had stereotyped characters and were simple stories in which good and evil were clearly outlined.

"Maciste" (1915) was directed by Herr Luigi Romano Borgnette und Herr Vincenzo Denziot. The two damsels in distress are menaced by the wicked and greedy villain and his band of conspirators but of course Maciste's muscles will save the day. The camera-work is hardly outstanding but effective enough for what it must accomplish.

It must be said that Herr Maciste's physique is great but his acting ability much less so but that's a trifle in a film like this. He uses his biceps, triceps and-once in awhile-his brain to cope with the many dangerous situations he encounters and that's all his fans expected. The film gave undemanding audiences what they wanted, a simple but classic story perfect for an Italian Sunday silent matinée.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must arm wrestle one of his Teutonic heiresses.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Marvelous Maciste (1915) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: