Cleopatra's Daughter (December 7, 1960)
Released on December 7, 1960: Cleopatra's grown daughter returns to Egypt to become the wife of the new Pharaoh, and when she is accused of poisoning the Pharaoh she is buried alive with the dead Pharaoh in his pyramid with little chance of escape.
Directed by Fernando Cerchio
Written by Damiano Damiani and Fernando Cerchio
The Actors: Debra Paget (Shila, Cleopatra's daughter), Ettore Manni (Resi, Pharaoh's physician), Robert Alda (Inuni, Pharaoh's architect), Erno Crisa (Kefren, Tegi's councellor), Corrado Pani (Pharaoh Nemorat, Keops), Yvette Lebon (Queen Mother Tegi), Andreina Rossi (Kefren's mistress), Ivano Staccioli (unknown), Angelo Dessy (unknown), Renato Mambor (unknown), Nando Tamberlani (unknown), Stefania Re (unknown), Rosalba Neri (unknown), Betsy Bell (unknown), Amerigo Santarelli (unknown), Pietro Ceccarelli (Sutek), Vittorio Ripamonti (unknown), Pino Sciacqua (unknown), Vando Tress (unknown), Veriano Ginesi (unknown)
Italy is famous in the motion picture world for their 'spaghetti' westerns and costume movies known as the 'sword and sandal' movies in the 1950's and 1960's and they include some pretty good stories . . . like this one about adultery, murder, and Cleopatra's daughter . . . buried alive in the tomb of Pharaoh Nemorat with no way out!
After the death of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Egypt was in a long period of war between rivals who all wanted to be the next Pharaoh, while Cleopatra's young daughter was growing up in a nearby country. The new ruler, young Pharaoh Nemorat, is a bit goofy but scheming mama decides that she should capture Cleopatra's daughter and bring her back to Egypt to marry her son and legitimize his claim as the new Pharaoh.
Sounds good, but Shila, Cleopatra's daughter, played by Debra Paget, despises her husband the Pharaoh, and is madly in love with the court physician Resi, played by Ettore Manni. This little love triangle would work well except for the treacherous Kefren, counsellor to the Pharaoh, who along with his mistress poison the Pharaoh so that he can become the new Pharaoh.
Well, this leads to that, and it is believed that Shila, Cleopatra's daughter is the one who poisoned the Pharaoh, so she will be buried alive along with the Pharaoh in his newly finished pyramid. But wait, Resi the physician has a plan . . . he gives Shila a magical potent that will make her appear dead for a couple of days, and while no one is looking he will steal her body and they will run away together.
Good plan, except things don't work out as planned and lovely Shila is buried in the new pyramid along with the dead Pharaoh, and now the adventure really begins. Resi the physician lover gets a band of grave robbers together and attempt to break into the new pyramid and defeat all of the new and treacherous traps laid out by the builder of the pyramid that are designed to deceive and kill any who might attempt to enter the King's tomb.
Will they survive the traps in the maze of passageways and reach the main room in time to save Cleopatra's daughter? Will Cleopatra's daughter die screaming and pounding on the lid of her heavy casket? Will the physician and grave robbers die in the passageways as the clever traps kill them one by one? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Corrado Pani and Yvette Lebon
Debra Paget and Corrado Pani
Debra Paget and Yvette Lebon
Erno Crisa and Adreina Rossi
Erno Crisa and Andreina Rossi
Ettore Manni as Resi
Ettore Manni desires Debra Paget
Robert Alda and Erno Crisa
Robert Alda and Ettore Manni