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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
Aspect Ratio:
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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
solid, 9 December 2009
Author: johnno-17 from Greece

It's silly to complain that this is a B-movie made for television - because that's exactly what it is, and doesn't pretend to be anything else. And here's the good news - it's a pretty darn good B-movie made for television. One of the major problems with standard Italian Hercules films is that the are usually 100- 120 minutes long, too long for the amount of story they have to tell; consequently there's a lot of padding to them, usually in the middle. This film is kept lean and tight at 47 minutes - only the highlights of the story are here, and that's all we need.

I must remark that production values are gorgeous for mid-60s television. The acting is professional, the pacing is snappy, the story interesting (for this genre), the special fx are on a par with better television sci-fi/fantasy shows of the period - this is solid B-movie entertainment. Worth checking out.

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