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The Slave Merchants (1964)

Anthar l'invincibile (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Fantasy, War | 27 June 1964 (Italy)
The son of Hercules is pitted against a ruthless desert warrior.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Morris ...
Anthar, Son of Hercules
Michèle Girardon ...
Princess Soraya
Manuel Gallardo ...
Prince Daikor
Mario Feliciani ...
Ganor, Devil of the Desert
José Jaspe ...
Akrim, the Slave Merchant
Renato Baldini ...
Kamal, the Wealthy Sheik
Aldo Cecconi ...
Abdul, Akrim's Assistant
Roberto Dell'Acqua ...
Aimu, the Mute Boy
Fedele Gentile ...
Bidder at Auction against Kamal
Malika Kamal ...
Slave Girl
Tanya Lopert ...
Slave Girl
Serena Michelotti ...
Slave Girl
Laura Nucci ...
Adonna, Harem Keeper
Nadine Verdier ...
Slave Girl
Giacomo Furia ...
Salene
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Ganor, the leader of the Desert People, murders Sandor, the Sultan of Baghdad, and imprisons his eventual heirs, Daykor and Soraya, thus becoming the sole power in the country. Anthar, a young rebel, manages to get Soraya free. Eventually, she is captured by Akrim, a slave merchant, who sells her to Kamal, a wealthy Sheik. Soraya refuses to be the Sheik's girl, and plunges from a tower into the river - where she would have drowned if Anthar would not appear to save her once more. Together they go to Baghdad, where Anthar gets Daykor out of prison. But Ganor captures Anthar, and sets him to fight a rhinoceros to get rid of the freedom fighter. Daykor and Soraya return to Baghdad at the head of the revolted people, and after a siege, they take the city and joining with Anthar, will finally prevail over the tyrant. Written by Artemis-9

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Gainor has a chamber of mirrors millennia before the development of the technology to produce flat glass and silvering. See more »

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Anthar: [to Kamal] I'll choke you with my own hands until you're dead!
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THE Devil OF THE Desert AGAINST THE Son OF Hercules (Antonio Margheriti, 1964) **
14 March 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I always include a number of "Peplums" in my Easter epic viewing but, so far, I have only met with disappointment despite the credentials of those involved! The English moniker of this one muddles its pedigree by making an Arabian Nights fantasy seem like a typical mythological effort: indeed, leading man Kirk Morris is ostensibly muscle-bound and dubbed Anthar The Invincible (the film's original title) and, frankly, he could well have gone by any other name since his characterization offers nothing at all new to what he was given to do as Maciste, or any other legendary hero, for that matter!

The two villains we saw in the same director's THE GOLDEN ARROW (1962) virtually reprise their roles here, which further adds to the lack of novelty on display; even more slapdash is the fact that the protagonist is alternately identified as unfamiliar and a known threat to his adversaries! I guess I should point out that Morris battles a rhinoceros at a later stage in the proceedings, and the chief baddie has a hall of mirrors installed in a room of his castle (or, rather, that of the ruler he killed to usurp his throne). The female lead, then, is a Princess – played by French actress Michele Girardon, who had come down quite a bit from roles in films by Luis Bunuel and Howard Hawks! – who manages to escape his clutches (he being ever so clumsy in his approach to romantic persuasion) and saved from drowning by Morris and his dumb boyish sidekick (whom he simply calls "Mute"!), who naturally take up her cause at the bat of an eyelid…given that, apparently, they have no life to speak of!!


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