Hercules in the Valley of Woe

Hercules in the Valley of Woe (Italian: Maciste contro Ercole nella valle dei guai/ Maciste vs Hercules in the Vale of Woe), aka Hercules in the Vale of Woe[3][4], is a 1961 Italian Franco & Ciccio comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Kirk Morris as Maciste and Frank Gordon as Hercules. The film is a comical take on the popular sword-and-sandal epics of the 1950s and 1960s.

Hercules in the Valley of Woe
Directed byMario Mattoli
Produced byItalo Matinenghi[1]
Screenplay by
Music byGianni Ferrio[1]
CinematographyEnzo Oddone[1]
Edited byRoberto Cinquini[1]
Release date
  • 19 December 1961 (1961-12-19) (Italy)
Running time
90 minutes[1]


In Milan, a major theater entrepreneur's going to put on a show period piece set in the era of mythological Greece. However, by a lucky accident, the company of actors and the entrepreneur himself are catapulted back in time just at the time of invincible warriors and heroes of Homer and Hesiod. Now we learn that the king Eurystheus need to drive to Hercules, the invincible hero, able to defeat his arch enemy Maciste, who wants to kidnap his girlfriend Deianira.



Hercules in the Valley of Woe was released in Italy on 19 December 1961.[1]


  1. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 90.
  2. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 91.
  3. Pomeroy, Arthur J. (7 August 2017). "A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen". John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved 16 June 2019 via Google Books.
  4. "Hercules in the Vale of Woe (1961) - UNCUT". www.uncut.at. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
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