Fiery Tina Louise and handsome Kerwin Matthews both fled Hollywood for Europe in the early Sixties for different reasons. Tina, tired of not being offered dramatic roles, thought she get better parts and Kerwin was tired of being passed over for roles due to being gay. They wound up paired as lovers in Sappho – Venus of Lesbos released as The Warrior Empress in the U.S. Rarely shown on TV in America and still not available on DVD, below is a clip. Louise and Matthews’ earnest acting raise this above the typical peplums produced in Italy at the time.



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