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Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World (1961)

Maciste alla corte del Gran Khan (original title)
Sam must rescue a beautiful Chinese princess from a marauding horde of warriors.

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Complete credited cast:
... Maciste / Samson (U.S. English version)
... Princess Lei-ling
... Liu Tai
Dante DiPaolo ... Bayan
Gabriele Antonini ... Cho
Leonardo Severini ... Garak, the Great Khan
... Taoist High Priest
Franco Ressel ... Captain of the Khan's Guards
Ely Yeh ... Emperor Wung
Ham-Chau Luong ... Buddhist High Priest (as Luong-Ham Chan)
Chu Lai Chit ... Prince Tai Sung
Sergio Ukmar
Tonino Cianci ... (as Antonio Cianci)
Giacomo Tchang ... Old chinese priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Aminel
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Sam must rescue a beautiful Chinese princess from a marauding horde of warriors.

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Trivia

With the massive exterior sets, lavish interior sets and a multitude of Asian extras left over from Marco Polo (1962), Panda Productions had writers Oreste Biancoli and Duccio Tessari fashion a sword-and-sandal/mythological muscleman epic - a genre that had become highly popular around the world - placing hero Maciste in a Chinese setting. Genre specialist Riccardo Freda was brought in to direct, Gordon Scott was cast as Maciste (renamed "Samson" for the U.S. version) and Yôko Tani was kept on as the female lead. See more »

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When the new execution device is being demonstrated, Maciste makes his way through a crowd of Chinese people. Although he is much larger than anyone else, and is almost naked, nobody seems to notice him. See more »

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English Language Narrator: In the 13th century, Garak, ruthless master of the Mongols, descended upon Asia. His savage warrior bands were composed of many tribes and were unity only by their desire for conquest and the will of Garak. They spilled into Panyu and plunged once mighty China into the darkness of slavery and misery. The is the story of the man who rose up against Garak and the Mongols; the young giant who was to strike terror into the hearts of the invaders. He assumed the name of Samson to match ...
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Maciste is the man who can
27 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Not bad as far as peplum goes, with former Tarzan Gordon Scott plying his trade as Maciste (or Samson in the English dub), go-to man of steel helping a Chinese princess (Tani) return to her people after she's captured by the evil Garak (Severini) who then wages war upon the poor villagers and Monks to retrieve her and his pride.

Scott is capable and ably supported by French-Japanese actress Yoko Tani, while French beauty Helene Chanel belies her youth in a physically demanding role of the imperial turncoat who helps Maciste smuggle the Princess out of the fortified compound in which she's held.

Stuntwork is creditable and there's a chariot-execution scene in which big Gordo flexes his frame to save the heads of a few petty thieves, but otherwise, it's very much more of the same. As usual, the sets and costumes are lavish and if you're partial to peplum movies, then this Maciste instalment should be mildly entertaining.


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