Zenobia, Queen of Palmira, revolts against Rome and defeats the Roman troops under the command of the consul Marcus Valerius. Forced into slavery and tortured in the cross, Marcus manages to escape, and come to the presence of the queen, offering her his services. They fall in love, which complicates his task, and his loyalty towards Rome. Marcus will help the Romans to conquer her territory, but he will also save her life from a coup led by the treacherous Zemanzius.
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Copyright dated 1958 and eventually passed by the British Board of Film Censors under the title Sign of the Gladiator on 20 April 1960. Anglo Amalgamated, who were contracted to distribute for American International Pictures, used AIP's dubbed print. Previewed in London at Studio One, Oxford Street on 19 May 1960 (for press and trade only). Opened to the London public at ABC's Prince of Wales, Harrow Road, on 11 July 1960. The theatrical release was quite successful, but after going the rounds the film wasn't seen again in the UK for 30 years. Channel 4 finally revived the film as the second in their Sword and Sandal season on 1 January 1992. Although still billed as Sign of the Gladiator, Channel 4 presented a new print with Italian dialogue and English subtitles. Repeated once on 24 August 1996, but never seen since. See more
The real Zenobia was very likely dark-haired and dark-skinned. See more
Julianus, Roman Centurian
Tell me, have you news of the Consul Valerius? They haven't killed him yet, have they, Bathsheba?
Bathsheba, the Vestal
Worse. He's a slave in the mines.
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Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Milton Raskin
Sung by Bill Lee
Played by the Al Simms Sextet See more