Canadian Cinephile

Known internationally as HERCULES VS THE HYDRA, THE LOVES OF HERCULES is a 1960 adventure fantasy directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia. The screenplay, such as it is, is by Luciano Doria. This Italian outing is mostly renowned for starring an expectant Jayne Mansfield and her then-husband Mickey Hargitay. The latter has the distinction of playing a rather feeble version of Hercules. He also whinges about his suffering, only not in that cool Mark Forest way.

THE LOVES OF HERCULES begins on strong footing as the army of Ecalia is destroying Hercules’ town. They even kill his wife. Licos (Massimo Serato) lures our hero into conflict, but Queen Deianira (Mansfield) ruins his scheme by taking the blame. She must customarily endure Herc’s wrath via axe-throwing. She survives and falls in love with the dude, who moves on awful quick-like from his departed spouse. Hercules and Deianira set off together, only…

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