Sixties Cheesecake Dance No. 13





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Published on Nov 19, 2008

PLEASE READ THIS - The exotically beautiful actress who plays Queen Smedes in this clip is Chelo Alonso, who can also be seen in Fifties Cheesecake Dance Nos. 30 and 31. The film is "Maciste nella valle dei re" (1960), which translates as "Maciste in the Valley of the Kings", but was released as "Son of Samson" in English-speaking countries.

Fans of sword and sandal films encounter the name "Maciste" frequently. There is a lot of disputation about the origin of the name but one theory is that it was originally a nickname for Hercules. Maciste is one of the oldest characters in Italian cinema and appeared in 26 silent films and was then revived again in the 1960s for another 25 films following the renewed interest in muscleman movies created by Steve Reeves.

This film was directed by Carlo Campogalliani, who also directed the Steve Reeves film, "Goliath and the Barbarians" (1959), seen in the Fifties Cheesecake Dance Nos. 30 and 31, mentioned above. "Son of Samson", which is set in ancient Egypt, starred Mark Forest, an American body-builder, as Maciste; Angelo Zanolli as Kenamun; Federica Ranchi as Nofret; and the lovely Chelo Alonso, referred to above.

Ms Alonso was born in Cuba to a Cuban father and Mexican mother and attained fame as a dancer in Havanna before appearing as an exotic dancer at the Folies Bergère in Paris. There she was billed as "The Cuban H-Bomb", a title bestowed on her because of her unique blend of Cuban rhythms and burlesque bump-and-grind. She can also be seen in "Sign of the Gladiator" (1959), with Anita Ekberg, and "Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops" (1961) with Gordon Mitchell.

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