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Maciste nella valle dei Re
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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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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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Mark Forest's second peplum, set in 11th century BC Egypt, 4 September 2003
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

Most peplums with a Yugoslavian partner in the international co-production tend to have interesting location photography and a different visual style, and this one is no exception. The setting is the 11th century BC Egypt, where the nation is controlled by Persian occupiers who have enslaved the people. A well-intentioned pharoah who tries to defend the people is killed and his evil, manipulative wife (well-played by Chelo Alonso, in the tradition of over-the-top female villains in old Republic serials!) takes over and sells out the nation. On his return home to straighten things out, the pharoah's son, Kenamun, runs into Mark Forest (as Maciste, the Son of Samson) and the plot kicks into action. The plot also includes a mystical necklace that makes the wearer a zombie ready to be ordered around (shades of old serials once again!), and of course there is some romance. Mark Forest is as handsome as, say, James Darren, his physique is well-used in a number of difficult "tasks", and he is believable in the romantic scenes as well as the fights. I've seen 11 of his 12 1960s films and enjoy all of them. Interesting visuals, a unique setting, a fine female antagonist, Mark Forest's exciting presence--definitely an above-average sword-and-sandal opus for fans of the genre. Director Carlo Campogalliani was involved with many excellent historical films with American stars: Ed Fury's first Ursus movie; Steve Reeves in Goliath and the Barbarians; Lex Barker in Captain

Falcon; Jack Palance and Guy Madison in Sword of the Conqueror (that's one crying out for a DVD transfer--the circulating copies are very splicey). Check some of them out. A copy of this film was shown at UCLA recently at a peplum festival-- if there's a copy good enough quality to be screened there, it needs to be transferred to DVD now!

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