Samson and the Slave Queen

Samson and the Slave Queen (Italian: Zorro contro Maciste) is a 1963 Italian peplum directed by Umberto Lenzi.[4][5] It was originally made as a Maciste film in Italy, in which the fabled strongman meets Zorro. It was redubbed into a "Samson" movie for distribution in the U.S. and "Samson" meets "El Toro" (instead of "El Zorro".)

Samson and the Slave Queen
Directed byUmberto Lenzi
Produced byFortunato Misiano[1]
Screenplay by
StarringPierre Brice
Alan Steel
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
CinematographyAugusto Tiezzi[2]
Edited byJolanda Benvenuti[1]
Romana Film[3]
Release date
  • 23 August 1963 (1963-08-23) (Italy)
Running time
90 minutes[1]



Zorro contro Maciste was released in Italy on 23 August 1963.[1] It was released in the United States as Samson and the Slave Queen on December 13, 1963.[1] It opened in New York on 4 March 1964.[2]

The Italian version's music is composed by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino while the American version of the film has a score by Les Baxter.[1]


From contemporary reviews, Howard Thompson of The New York Times reviewed the film under the title of Samson and the Slave Queen, describing the film as an "old-fashioned, prettily colored and costumed and pleasingly mounted dud".[6] Thompson noted that there was no slave queen promised by the American title of the film.[6] "Robe." of Variety declared the film to have "enough vim and vigor, thanks to a spirited performance by Pierre Brice as Zorro, to please the less-demanding beefcake-and-biceps aficionados."[7] The rest of the review found that Lenzi focused on keeping the cast moving with emphasis on the fighting, and that the rest of the cast outside Brice was "only adequate".[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 145.
  2. ^ a b "Samson and the Slave Queen". American Film Institute. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 146.
  4. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia; Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 1992. ISBN 8876055932.
  5. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 8804572779.
  6. ^ a b Thompson, Howard (March 5, 1964). "Goliath and Samson". New York Times. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Variety's Film Reviews 1964-1967. 11. R. R. Bowker. 1983. There are no page numbers in this book. This entry is found under the header "September 9, 1964". ISBN 0-8352-2790-1.


  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.

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