Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: peplum review #38: The Loves of Hercules (1960) with Jayne Mansfield
Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2021 at 08:57:25 am EDT (Viewed 103 times)

It was interesting to see that Jayne Mansfield and her then husband, Hungarian bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay tried the peplum wave. This one is certainly in the fantasy genre of peplums, concerning Greek mythology. A treacherous minister kills the wife of Hercules and blames it on the king whom he murders. Hercules comes for vengence and meets the King's daughter played by Jayne. An oracle sets him to Hades and back.
Mansfield is almost unrecognizable with her hair dyed dark, but she is of course still beautiful. Hargitay s not as muscular as Steeve Reeves or other peplum strongmen but he's fine in the role.

Its pretty unremarkable aside from the unintentionally funny fight with a three headed hydra. The hydra appears to be a giant mechanical dragon that moves its heads round and spits fire. It looks like one of those old animotronic creatures you might have seen on a disneyworld ride back in the day. It probably cost a fair bit as it gets lots of screen time. Its funny to see Hercules softly strike the hydra with his sword and axe as if swinging in slow motion. Its clear they told the actor not to damage the expensive equipment. (He does eventually chop off one of the heads).

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