When King Androcles (Ettore Manni) is washed overboard in the midst of an expedition, Hercules (Reg Park) travels to a nearby island to search for him and discovers that the uncharted isle is the kingdom of Atlantis. Once there, Hercules discovers that the island’s tyrannical ruler, the beautiful yet diabolical Queen Antinea (Fay Spain), has set an evil plot in motion to take over the entire world.
A graduate of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, Vittorio Cottafavi began in the industry as a clapperboy. After graduating to screenplays and assistant direction under Alessandro Blasetti and Vittorio De Sica, he became a director in his own right in 1943. Many of his films have been “sword-and sandal” epics, dealing with the Roman Empire. Cottafavi concentrated exclusively on television work from the mid-’60s. —IMDb