Iloosh Khoshabe as Vulcan [credited in this film as Rod Flash Ilush]
Bella Cortez as Etna
Salvatore Furnari as Kayo
Roger Browne as Mars
Annie Gorassini as Venus
Furio Meniconi as Jupiter
Gordon Mitchell as Pluto
Isarco Ravaioli as Mercury
Omero Gargano as Neptune
? as Jupiter's Wife (Hera?)
? as Goddess of Discourse
Ugo Sabetta as ?
Amedeo Trilli as ?
Paolo Pieri as ?
Renzo Stefilongo as ?
Pasquale Fasciano as ?
Giuseppe Trinca as ?
if you can help with the cast information above. Vulcan, Son of Jupiter (1961): In one
word: AWESOME! There are very few sword-and-sandal/mythology
movies that actually deal with the gods themselves. Hercules is a
demi-god (half-man, half-god), and references to the gods are almost
always given in every sword-and-sandal movie, but it is unusual for
gods to be the central characters. In that regard, this film is a
lot more exciting and relevant to Roman mythology than a lot of films
made during the era.
Vulcan, God of Fire, is the hero. He is played
by the extremely likable Iloosh Khoshabe, credited in this film as Rod
Flash Ilush. In appearance, Vulcan is very much a Hercules-type
character. He has a muscular build, full beard, and has an
easy-going personality until provoked. What makes Vulcan
different from Hercules is that he is actually a god. Vulcan
serves as blacksmith to the gods and makes the finest weapons the world
has ever seen. He is a rather lonely person who has little
contact with anyone, especially women.
Bella Cortez is the leading lady of this
picture. And WHAT a leading lady. Wowza! She plays
Etna, the lead Nymph who serves Neptune, God of Water. This
"daughter of the ocean" is an extremely bosomy, bouncy, busty beauty
with long black hair and a pleasing disposition. She falls in
love with Vulcan, who initially turns her away. It isn't because
he doesn't want to be with her; only that he doesn't know how to
interact with a woman. He eventually gives into her charms (which
isn't difficult), and concerns himself greatly with her safety.
Etna later becomes the "damsel in distress" and must be saved by Vulcan
from the villains.
Salvatore Furnari is a great little midget
actor. He plays Kayo, a nervous little guy who, at first, tries
to avoid conflict, but eventually finds his bravery and becomes
Vulcan's sidekick. I think this is a neat concept. I've
never seen an adventure movie where the midget was a capable
sidekick. The only thing that comes close to this is Danny
Woodburn's character of Otli in the excellent "Conan" television
series. It certainly makes for an interesting premise. And
it's a great role for midget/dwarf actors. A lot of people might
think, "How can a little guy be any help to such a big guy?".
This story proves it's true. Besides that, Kayo is just
funny! I like how he goes back and forth hitting bad guys with
his big club. And his dialogue and jerky actions are hilarious.
The main bad guy of this picture is Mars, God of
War, played by Roger Browne. Mars is wicked, and harbors a deep,
uncalled for hatred of Vulcan. He is not anywhere as big or
strong as Vulcan. Mars is stripped of his god powers by Jupiter
early in the film, for a period of two months. So Mars takes the
wicked Goddess of Love, Venus, with him to Earth where he joins up with
the planet's mightiest evil general and plots against Jupiter.
Basically, Mars wants to kill Jupiter and become King of the Gods.
Venus, Goddess of Love, is played by the absolutely
stunning Annie Gorassini. She is the perfect evil counterpart to
good Etna. A blonde, leggy beauty, Venus is a regular
tease. She'll make love to any man, and really has no
scruples. I've seen various actresses play Venus/Aphrodite, and
Gorassini ranks right up there with being one of the best if not THE
best. She is just so d*** sultry! Her personality just
Jupiter, King of the Gods, is played by Furio
Meniconi. I like this actor's portrayal of Jupiter. He's
such a bada**, but on the side of good. What he says is law, and
he'll never let anyone forget it...ever. In the Italian version,
this character is called Jove (spelled Giove, in Italian). In
this American version he's called Jupiter. He is never called
anything else. Not once is he referred to as Zeus. That, in
itself, is unusual. Zeus is the typical standby name for this
god. Meniconi, as Jupiter, really looks the part and gives to us
the sirly, rugged presentation of the King of Gods that we expect and
want to see.
Gordon Mitchell makes a special appearance in this
film as Pluto, God of the Underworld. Pluto is a villain; an
especially harsh and cantankerous villain at that. Mitchell does
a wonderful job here. To be honest, I find this villain a lot
more interesting than many of the heroes he played in sword-and-sandal
productions. This is some of his best work. Pluto is the
only ally of Mars among the gods. He wants Mars to be husband to
Venus, and to take over as King of Gods. Pluto is the one who
forcibly sends Vulcan to Earth, causing him injury, and leading to him
being found by beautiful Etna. Pluto's constant, irritating words
infuriate Jupiter throughout the film. When Jupiter finds out
that Pluto is working with Mars on plotting against him, he banishes
the God of the Underworld to his dark realm of death forever, never to
be brought to Mount Olympus again.
Mercury, God of Speed, and a master thief, acts as
messenger to the gods. His very clever portrayal comes from actor
Isarco Ravaioli. He's a good god, and serves Jupiter above anyone
else. It's funny, because he comes off like Jupiter's
assistant. Mercury could SO be an executive brown-noser.
The other god of note is Neptune, God of Water. He is played by
Omero Gargano. This is the only god in the film that comes off
slightly different than we might expect, but it's still a really good
character for the film. Neptune is a nervous god, with shaggy
appearance. He is not at all the tall, muscular fellow with crown
and triton. Some sources show Neptune as being a half-fish
creature, starting at the waist. Rather, Neptune looks like a bum
you'd see living in an alley somewhere. But he's a good god, and
helpful to Vulcan, Etna and Jupiter. When Vulcan and Etna are
imprisoned with others, Neptune sends his soldiers called The Tritons
to free them.
As the story goes, Venus is upsetting the gods with
her wild, sexual escapades. Jupiter is contemplating a forced
marriage between Venus and one of the gods in order to tame her.
The two top choices are forceful Mars and strong Vulcan. Mars,
determined to have Venus, picks a fight with Vulcan. Jupiter
breaks up the fight and gives punishment, for no one on Mount Olympus
is to fight without his express consent. Mars is stripped of all
his powers for a period of two months, putting him on the same level as
any mortal. Vulcan retains his super-strength, but can't make
weapons for the same amount of time (oooo...big deal). Mars, with
help of Pluto, takes Venus to Earth. On Earth, Venus loses her
powers like any other god would. But the evil couple have a
plan. They team up with Earth's mightiest, evil general to kill
Jupiter so Mars can become King of the Gods.
Vulcan goes to Earth to stop Mars. With his
super-strength, smart midget sidekick Kayo, and sexy Etna, Vulcan takes
on Mars' minions. The battle really comes to a head when Etna is
kidnapped by Mars. Vulcan and friends win the war, and the angry
God of Fire is about to kill Mars when Jupiter gives his final
judgment. Mars and Venus are brought back to Mount Olympus, where
Jupiter will punish them personally. Vulcan, since he was unhappy
on Mount Olympus, is "ordered" to stay on Earth with beautiful Etna.
REASONS TO WATCH THIS MOVIE:
Iloosh Khoshabe (Rod Flash Ilush) plays a really
likable hero and he's fun to see onscreen.
The two major women characters are certainly
highlights: Etna (Bella Cortez) and Venus (Annie Gorassini).
Venus shows a lot of leg and likes to get into provocative poses.
A very sexy, interesting blonde. She also makes some really cute
faces. Etna is given more of chance to "show her stuff"...and
what stuff she's got! The filmmakers gave us every opportunity to
see Etna "bounce" and it's incredible. Etna also wears some very
skimpy outfits throughout the film. The dance number Etna
performs in Neptune's kingdom is the stuff dreams are made of. I
only wish that scene was longer (dang Mercury, always butting
in). We also get to see Etna tied to a post, and have a great
catfight with Venus. The director of this film did a great job of
bringing "clean" sexiness into the movie. The women are erotic,
but this could still be a G or PG feature.
Midget Kayo (Salvatore Furnari), gives comic relief,
but isn't a "stupid" character. He fits well into the movie
because he isn't too over-the-top with his silliness. Kayo is
just a peculiar, interesting character.
Gordon Mitchell as Pluto, God of the Underworld, is
cool to see. I'm not into Mitchell's heroes too much, although
he's starred in some good films. Pluto is a crazy, annoying
villain that must have been a lot of fun for him to play. It
looks like he's having a good time playing this part.
Jupiter is a cool character because he's such a
meana**, but everything he does is for a good purpose. He is not,
by any means, an antagonist in this movie, but he has the arrogant
personality qualities to be a villain. I think he's well-played
and looks the part.
Vulcano, figlio di Giove [Italy; actual title]
Vulcan, Son of Giove
Bella Cortez was given top-billing over Rod Flash Ilush in the American
release of this film.
This was Bella Cortez' first film.
Bella Cortez was also the sexy starlet in sword-and-sandal film "The
Giant of Metropolis" (1961). Her role in "Vulcan, Son of Jupiter"
(1961), is much sexier and more revealing.
Salvatore Furnari also starred in the film "Hercules and the Captive
Women" (1961) in a similar role.
Iloosh Koshabe has been credited in films by many names, including: Rod
Flash, Rod Flash Ilush, Ilush, and Richard Lloyd. He starred in a
handful of sword-and-sandal films playing characters like Ali Baba,
Samson, and Maciste.
In the opening sequence, the gods are titled as such:
Mars, God of War
Pluto, God of Darkness
Vulcan, God of Fire
Venus, Goddess of Beauty
Father Jupiter, King of Gods
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