The Sons of Hercules

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Title card for The Sons of Hercules series

The Sons of Hercules was a syndicated Embassy Pictures television show that aired in the United States of America in the 1960s. The series repackaged 14 Italian sword-and-sandal films by giving them a standardized theme song for the opening and closing titles, as well as a standard introductory narration attempting to relate the lead character in each film to the Greek demigod Hercules. These films however were not all originally made as "Hercules" films in Italy. Although two of them did originally feature Hercules (and not his sons), four of the films were originally Maciste movies in Italy, two of them were originally Ursus movies, and the other six were just isolated gladiator or mythological hero movies not released theatrically in the US.

Films in the series[edit]

There were 14 films in the Sons of Hercules syndication package. The first title listed for each film was its American television title, followed by the original Italian title in parentheses:

  • Ursus, Son of Hercules (Ursus) 1961, starring Ed Fury (a.k.a. Mighty Ursus in England)
  • Mole Men vs the Son of Hercules (a.k.a.: Maciste, l'uomo più forte del mondo, Maciste, the Strongest Man in the World) 1962, starring Mark Forest
  • Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules (Maciste vs the Monsters) 1962, starring Reg Lewis
  • Venus Against the Son of Hercules (a.k.a.: Marte Dio della Guerra, Mars God Of War) 1962, starring Roger Browne
  • Triumph of the Son of Hercules (The Triumph of Maciste) 1962, starring Kirk Morris
  • Ulysses vs the Son of Hercules (Ulysses Against Hercules) 1962, starring Mike Lane
  • Medusa vs the Son of Hercules(Perseus the Invincible) 1962, starring Richard Harrison
  • Son of Hercules in the Land of Fire (Ursus in the Land Of Fire) 1963, starring Ed Fury
  • The Tyrant of Lydia vs the Son of Hercules (Goliath and the Rebel Slave) 1963, starring Gordon Scott
  • Messalina Against the Son of Hercules (The Last Gladiator) 1963, starring Richard Harrison
  • The Beast of Babylon vs the Son of Hercules (Hero Of Babylon) 1963, starring Gordon Scott
  • The Terror of Rome vs the Son of Hercules (Maciste, Gladiator of Sparta) 1964, starring Mark Forest
  • Son of Hercules in the Land of Darkness (a.k.a. Hercules, the Invincible) 1964, starring Dan Vadis (as Argolese/(aka Hercules)
  • The Devil of the Desert vs the Son of Hercules (Anthar the Invincible) 1964, (aka "The Slave Merchants" or "Soraya, Queen of the Desert") starring Kirk Morris, directed by Antonio Margheriti

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