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Son of Samson (1960)

Maciste nella valle dei Re (original title)
Maciste travels to Egypt, where he leads a revolt against an evil queen.

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Oreste Biancoli (story and screenplay), Ennio De Concini (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mark Forest ... Maciste (as Mark Forrest)
Chelo Alonso ... Queen Smedes
Vira Silenti Vira Silenti ... Tekaet
Angelo Zanolli Angelo Zanolli ... Pharaoh Kenamun
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Nofret
Carlo Tamberlani Carlo Tamberlani ... Pharaoh Armiteo I
Nino Musco Nino Musco ... Senneka the Camel Driver
Zvonimir Rogoz ... Grand Visir
Ignazio Dolce Ignazio Dolce ... Tradesman
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Blacksmith
Petar Dobric Petar Dobric ... High Priest
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During the Persian rule over Egypt (circa 525-480 B.C.), the young prince Kenamon uses to wander about, and mixing with the poor people. Once, he finds himself in a life threatening situation, and is saved by a strong man, Maciste. In another occasion, he sees a beautiful girl, Nofret, and falls in love with her. He talks with his father the Pharaoh Amirteo I, about being much impressed with the hunger and miserable living conditions of the people. His father decides to raise an army against the Persians, but his beautiful but cunning wife Smedes, godmother of Kenamon and allied of the Persian Gran Visir, kills him before he acts. Once on the throne of Pharaoh, Kenamon is drugged with a substance prepared by Smedes, and loses his will-power. Meanwhile, Nofret is about to be sold as slave. Maciste becomes the leader of the people's revolt, and is acclaimed at the the local games. Maciste gets Nofret free, manages not to fall under Smedes' love filters, and gathers and leads a ... Written by Artemis-9

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Country:

Italy | France | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 November 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Maciste in the Valley of the Kings See more »

Filming Locations:

Interstudio, Rome, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #33422 of November 19, 1960. See more »

Quotes

Queen Smedes: Feed him to the crocodiles.
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Referenced in Django Explained (2013) See more »

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Inauspicious debut for Maciste
2 January 2017 | by michael-3204See all my reviews

Maciste was very useful for the Peplum genre since the Italian folk hero wasn't rooted in any particular mythological tradition. He could turn up anywhere, "born of the rock," as Maciste (Italian American bodybuilder Mark Forest, who also played Hercules this same year) explains in the first Maciste entry of the Peplum revival that began in the late 1950s. Here, he turns up in ancient Egypt, which is being overrun with Persian marauders aided by the evil Queen Smedes (Chelo Alonso), who in the first few minutes has her uncooperative Pharoah husband assassinated. A chance encounter has Maciste befriending the Pharoah's hapless son, who is eventually bewitched by the beguiling Alonso, but at least Maciste knows that the guy is basically okay.

There is the usual amount of double-crossing and mistaken ideas about various characters motivations, and most of the requite Peplum tropes, including the hero defeating lions and alligators and soldiers. Maciste gets several opportunities to perform feats of strength and Forest acquits himself well through all of it, flexing and looking strong. But this isn't one of the more engaging or entertaining entries in the genre, which was kicking into high gear. It's not as interesting as Forest's other 1960 Peplum, "Goliath and the Dragon" a.k.a. "The Revenge of Hercules." It largely wastes Alonso, who normally can be a dynamic presence in these films. She gets one decent dance number and has moderate fun trying to seduce Maciste, and of course she looks great and has good costumes. But the film could have done more with her, and suffers for not doing so.

The English-language version was retitled "Son of Samson," with some dialogue added about Maciste maybe being a son of Samson. It's unnecessary, doesn't make much sense, and doesn't really matter. Maciste was largely unfamiliar to non-Italian audiences, so most of the Maciste films were retitled with other heroes and often the character was called someone else. Here, at least, he gets to keep the name if not the title.


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