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Superstrong hero Hercules, aided by young Ulysses and scientific wit Diogenes, journeys to Troy, where the city's virgins are being sacrificed to a horrible sea monster. When Princess Diana, heir to the Trojan throne currently being held by her evil uncle Petra, is selected to become the sea monster's next victim, Hercules must battle the monster - and Petra's warriors - in order to save her. Written by
Marty McKee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This was the pilot for a TV series titled "Hercules", that never materialized. The series would have Hercules (Gordon Scott) as Hercules, master of the ship Olympia, along with the philosopher Diogenes (Paul Stevens), returning the young Ulysses (Mart Hulswit) to Thebes. Each episode would have the ship stopping at various locations where they would face challenges and adventures. The producers were planning to recruit U.S. actors familiar to American TV viewers, especially actors who were already in Europe working on other projects. This was the last appearance in a peplum, as he moved on to its replacement genre, the spaghetti western. See more »
This unsold TV pilot for a Hercules series starred Gordon Scott as the legendary muscular hero of Greek mythology. Hercules used a ship as his mode of transportation and had as sidekicks Ulysses and Diogenes before either of them did the deeds made them legends in their own right.
This movie has Hercules in Troy and when you consider he's there with young Ulysses that is quite ironical. Young Princess Diana (another irony) will in two months ascend the throne and her uncle the regent will cede power. But uncle Petra isn't about to do that.
Troy is plagued with a sea monster and believe me the special effects aren't Ray Harryhausen quality. They've got to sacrifice people occasionally because when they've tried to defeat the monster, the Trojans have come up way short. But that's before Hercules took on the job.
This one was played very straight in true peplum fashion. I'm sure Scott would have made a superb TV Hercules if he was given the chance. That would have to wait for another thirty years or so when Kevin Sorbo played the part in a series that had a nice satirical edge to it occasionally.
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