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Hercules the Invincible (1964)
"Ercole l'invincibile" (original title)

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Hercules battles to save the population from a giant dragon.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Vadis ...
Spela Rozin ...
Telca
Carla Calò ...
Queen Ella (as Caroll Brown)
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Kabol
Maria Fiore ...
Melissa (as Joan Simons)
Jannette Barton ...
Etel
Ugo Sasso ...
King Tedaeo, Telca's Father (as Hugo Arden)
Howard Ross ...
Captain of the Guard (as Red Ross)
Olga Solbelli ...
The Prophetess (as Sand Beauty)
Alberto Cevenini ...
Telca's Brother (as Kirk Bert)
Paul Mac Lee ...
Guard
Kriss Moss ...
Guard
Rosemarie Lindt ...
Slave Girl
Michaela Ariston ...
Slave Girl
Christine Mathius ...
Slave Girl
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Argolese saves Telca, daughter of King Tedaeo, from a marauding lion. In gratitude the King offers Telca's hand in marriage to Argolese but only if the strongman can slay a dragon which has been laying waste to part of his kingdom. Argolese kills the monster but when he returns he finds that Tedaeo has been overthrown and imprisoned, along with Telca, by a warlike people known as "the Demulus" who rule from a city inside a mountain. Argolese infiltrates this city but is captured and sentenced by Queen Ella to be pulled apart by elephants. Argolese survives this ordeal and Ella suggests an alliance between them. Argolese remains true to Telca but then Ella is killed by the jealous Melissia who becomes the new queen of the Demulus. With the aid of a diminutive ally named Barbar, Argolese frees the followers of King Tedaeo and then releases a lava flow into the city. Both King Tedaeo and the usurper Queen Melissia die in the turmoil but Argolese, Telca, and others escape out of the ... Written by Anonymous

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Hercules Against the Elephants' Empire  »

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Italian censorship vis #42508 issued March 18, 1964. See more »

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Ella, Queen of the Demulus: People of Demulus, the warriors proving they are worthy of the honor will eat the flesh of this powerful man. The one who's able to tear out his heart will become commanding general over all my forces.
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HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE (Alvaro Mancori, 1964) *1/2
11 April 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is easily among the lamest peplums to emerge out of Italian cinema during that subgenre's heyday: in this respect, muscular lead Dan Vadis certainly proved consistent since his efforts in this vein are all quite terrible! Anyway, this starts off with one of the most side-splitting Anglicized cast lists ever that bears repeating in full here: apart from Vadis himself, we have Ken Klark, Jannette Barton, Red Ross, Sand Beanty, Kirk Bert, Kriss Moss, Jannette Le Roy, Paul Mac Lee, Pat Kein, Angel Pat, Flow Garden, Tago Convers, Albert Cardiff and, finally, Al World for director!! – but equally hilarious are the hero's intermittent fights with a variety of incredibly fake-looking wild animals (a lion and a bear) and monsters (a dragon that looks more like a dinosaur!)…though he also survives getting torn apart by a bunch of real elephants in the arena! Worse still is the obligatory comic relief courtesy of a cowardly elderly sidekick that is truly unbearable to behold. Having watched a handful of such undemanding and virtually interchangeable fare back-to-back, I can hardly recall what the plot was all about: I do know, however, that much is made of the fact that the aforementioned dragon's smallest tooth has all-important magic powers that, needless to say, are craved by a Fu Manchu-type potentate who incongruously turns up at some point, to little effect…


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