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Hercules and the Princess of Troy -- Swords, Sweat, Sandals, and Big Guys in Little Skirts! Inspired by the popularity of sword and sandal films, famed producer Joseph E. Levine and the ABC television network joined forces in 1965 to produce Hercules and the Princess of Troy, a pilot episode for a proposed TV series about the exploits of the mythical strongman (played by prolific actor and occasional Tarzan Gordon Scott). Diana Hyland costars as the beautiful princess of Troy who's slated for sacrifice to a horrifying sea monster (designed by E.T. creator Carlo Rambaldi) to appease the gods. Also featuring popular Euro-epic stalwarts Gordon Mitchell, Roger Browne and Giorgio Ardisson.


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Larry Forrester (writer) and
Ugo Liberatore (writer)
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12 September 1965 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gordon Scott ... Hercules
Paul Stevens ... Diogenes
Mart Hulswit ... Ulysses
Diana Hyland ... Princess Diana
Steve Garrett ... Petra

Gordon Mitchell ... Pirate Captain
George Ardisson ... Leander (as Giorgio Ardisson)
Roger Browne ... Ortag
Jacques Stany ... Argus (as Jacques Stanislawski)
Mario Novelli ... Botus
Dan Christian ... Boatswain

Everett Sloane ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Albert Band 
Writing credits
Larry Forrester (writer) and
Ugo Liberatore (writer)

Produced by
Albert Band .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Original Music by
Fred Steiner 
Cinematography by
Enzo Barboni 
Film Editing by
Russel Wiles 
John Woodcock 
Production Management
Giorgio Baldi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Tyne .... assistant director
Music Department
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor
Other crew
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Hercules vs. the Sea Monster" - USA (video title)
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47 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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Hercules Defeats The Sea Monster Of Troy, 19 December 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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