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Maciste nella valle dei Re
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Son of Samson (1960) More at IMDbPro »Maciste nella valle dei Re (original title)

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Son of Samson -- When Steve Reeves caused a sensation in Hercules, Italian producers were quick to search for other American actors to fill the beefcake quota in sword-and-sandal films. One of the first of these was Mark Forest, a Brooklyn-born bodybuilder known as "The Adonis with the Perfect Physique," who went on to make a dozen mythical muscleman movies. In one of the best, Son of Samson, he shows up in the ancient Egyptian city of Tanis where the evil Queen Smedes (Folies Bergere dancer Chelo Alonso) is making it tough for the common folk.


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Oreste Biancoli (story) and
Ennio De Concini (story)
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Release Date:
24 November 1960 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mark Forest ... Maciste (as Mark Forrest)

Chelo Alonso ... Queen Smedes
Vira Silenti ... Tekaet
Angelo Zanolli ... Pharaoh Kenamun
Federica Ranchi ... Nofret
Carlo Tamberlani ... Pharaoh Armiteo I
Nino Musco ... Senneka the Camel Driver
Zvonimir Rogoz ... Grand Visir
Ignazio Dolce ... Tradesman
Andrea Fantasia ... Blacksmith
Petar Dobric ... High Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ada Ruggeri ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Carlo Campogalliani 
Writing credits
Oreste Biancoli (story and screenplay) and
Ennio De Concini (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Luigi Carpentieri .... producer
Ermanno Donati .... producer
Piero Donati .... executive producer
Sam Schneider .... producer (english version)
Original Music by
Carlo Innocenzi 
Cinematography by
Riccardo Pallottini 
Film Editing by
Roberto Cinquini 
Art Direction by
Oscar D'Amico 
Costume Design by
Maria De Matteis 
Makeup Department
Galileo Mandini .... hair stylist
Halid Redzebasic .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Giorgio Baldi .... production supervisor
Livio Maffei .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mario Bava .... second unit director
Romolo Guerrieri .... assistant director (as Romolo Girolami)
Mate Relja .... assistant director
Art Department
Ennio Michettoni .... property master
Sound Department
Leopoldo Rosi .... sound
Special Effects by
Piero Mecacci .... special effects
Andrea Fantasia .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stelvio Massi .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Crimi .... assistant costume designer
Tigano Lo Faro .... costumes
Editorial Department
Ornella Micheli .... assistant editor
Music Department
Carlo Franci .... conductor
Other crew
Andrea Fantasia .... master of arms
Tito LeDuc .... choreographer
Benilde Vittori .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Maciste nella valle dei Re" - Italy (original title)
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USA:89 min | Italy:94 min | West Germany:89 min
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Italian censorship visa #33422 of November 19, 1960.See more »
Queen Smedes:Feed him to the crocodiles.See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not as bad as I thought it would be, 17 August 2006
Author: b_moviebuff from Edinburgh, Scotland

Well for the first half of this entry the acting is very wooden but somewhere down the line the cast start to look interested, I feared the worst when I bought this on DVD but was surprised just how good it is (in parts!), our hero saves a bunch of babes...sorry slaves from capture and unites with the people against the tyrants...well you should get the idea by now if you watch these kind of movies,as always Mark Forest looks superb as Machiste son of Samson and his muscular frame has the ladies in question in a spin, one word of warning though, some battle scenes are incredibly brutal and gory, this surprised me greatly as I don't think this would have been passed by British censors but as these epics come and go a good entry into the genre.

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