After being captured and given up for dead by his family, Roman nobleman and military leader Horatio (Alan Ladd) manages to escape and begin his journey home. Along the way, he must battle various dangerous opponents in this classic historical epic. Horatio eventually joins forces with his two brothers to fight three Alban brothers in a marathon conflict that will determine the fate of Rome. Terence Young and Ferdinando Baldi directed.
Stewart Terence Herbert Young (20 June 1915 – 7 September 1994) was a British film director best known for directing three films in the James Bond series, Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965).
Born in Shanghai, China, he was public-school educated. Like the fictional James Bond, he read oriental history at St Catharine’s College in the University of Cambridge. As a tank commander during World War II, Young participated in Operation Market Garden in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Young began his film career as a screenwriter in British films of the 1940s, working, for example, on Dangerous Moonlight (1941). In 1946, he was a co-director with Brian Desmond Hurst of Theirs is the Glory, which recaptured the fighting around Arnhem bridge. Arnhem, coincidentally, was home to the adolescent Audrey Hepburn. During the filming of Young’s film, Wait Until Dark, Hepburn and Young would joke that he was shelling his favorite star without even knowing it. Young… read more