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Hercules and the Masked Rider (1963)
"Golia e il cavaliere mascherato" (original title)

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In 16th century Spain, Don Francisco reluctantly betroths his daughter, Blanca, to the arrogant Don Ramiro in order to preserve the lands in the family estate. Then Don Juan, Don ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Ciani ...
Golia / Paco / Hercules (as Alan Steel)
Mimmo Palmara ...
Don Juan
José Greci ...
Dona Blanca, Francisco's Daughter
Pilar Cansino ...
Estella, the Gypsy Queen
Arturo Dominici ...
Don Ramiro Suarez
Dina De Santis ...
Dolores, Blanca's Handmaid
Piero Leri ...
Renato Navarrini ...
Don Francisco
Loris Gizzi ...
Pedro, the King's Envoy
Ettore Manni ...
Captain Blasco
Tullio Altamura ...
Ugo Sasso ...
Armando Guarnieri ...
Don Alvarez
Gianni Baghino ...
Goha, the Treasurer
Nando Angelini


In 16th century Spain, Don Francisco reluctantly betroths his daughter, Blanca, to the arrogant Don Ramiro in order to preserve the lands in the family estate. Then Don Juan, Don Francisco's nephew and Blanca's true love, returns from the war in Flanders. Don Juan dons a mask and joins with a gypsy band led by Estella to fight against the forces of Don Ramiro. In this effort he's aided by a bare-chested muscleman and also by Captain Blasco who works for Don Ramiro but whose sympathies lie elsewhere. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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17 November 1963 (Italy)  »

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Hercules and the Masked Rider  »

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Italian censorship visa #41655 of November 9, 1963. See more »


Don Ramiro: By the way, I wish you'd bring me that masked rider, for my wedding present.
Blasco: We search for him all the time, but he's like a phantom.
Don Ramiro: Bring him to me. I'll show you how to change your phantom into quivering flesh and blood.
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Masquerading as a Hercules movie...
29 May 2001 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The real hero of this story is a Zorro type fellow, played, I think, by Ettore Manni. A soldier, Ettore, attacked by rebels, becomes their friend when he stands up to Hercules, Alan Steel, in a knife fight. How Hercules, (ancient Greece), took up with a band on Conquistador bandits, (they have those helmets), was never explained to my satisfaction. He should have been long dead. O.K., O.K. Then, this soldier, in order to save his ladylove from an unwanted marriage, dons a red mask and some frilly black ruffles. Not a toga in site. Also, numerous subplot romances.

Alan Steel, in the minor role of Hercules, lesser, secondary, sidekick to Zorro, does get five minutes of screen time or so. He throws a few people up into a tree, and also tears down a hangman's scaffold, so all was not lost. Anyway, if anyone can explain this movie to me, I'd love to hear... Possibly, I simply didn't pay enough attention to the dialogue. Also, Ettore Manni, Zorro imitator, accidently shot himself to death later in life. Divine justice, one hesitates to suggest?

P.S. I can't find 'Golia' in my Italian/English dictionary, although "and the Masked Rider", translates pretty easily. What's Golia? Goliath? What's the relation between Goliath and Hercules. I'm just so... confused.

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