I have watched the 1963 version of Jason and the Argonauts more than any other film and always find something not noticed before. This is one of the few crystal-clear copies found on YouTube. Another is on Archive.org without subtitles or annoying adverts Donations are welcomed at Archive.org to keep it that way.
Most fascinating is the hint of a romantic relationship between Hercules and Hylas who were lovers in the epic tale that I’ve never thought about until now. An older man, a younger boy.
In the tale, Hylas is just one of Hercules many boyfriends. Hylas is a much younger prince who grew to know and love Hercules after training under Hercules for years.. After whipping Hylas into shape, the two tough guys become Argonauts and sail across the Mediterranean.
Their relationship ends prematurely, however, when Hylas is kidnapped by water nymphs who are also drawn to his boyish good looks. Hercules is heartbroken and spends a long time sailing the ocean trying to find his lost love.
He never finds Hylas.
Of course in the Hollywood version none of this is important and isn't depicted. We see Hylas and Hercules as close friends, see Hylas die and Hercules' reluctance to accept Hylas' death.
But the real story is Jason and Medea, Ray Harryhusen's magnificent work . . .
and the search for the Golden Fleece.