Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spaghetti Western Beer

 
Brewed by: Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
 
A collaboration between Italy's Brewfist and Oklahoma's Prairie Artisan Ales. This is an Imperial Chocolate Stout made with cocoa beans and coffee.

Remembering Lawrence Dobkin

Lawrence Dobkin was born on September 16, 1919 in New York City, New York. A former child actor, Dobkin began working in radio to pay for his studies at the Yale University School of Drama. He understudied on Broadway before serving with a radio propaganda unit of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. When he returned to network radio he was one of five actors who played the detective Ellery Queen in ‘The Adventures of Ellery Queen’. ‘In The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe’ (1950–1951), Dobkin played detective Archie Goodwin opposite Sydney Greenstreet's Nero Wolfe.
 
While playing Louie, The Saint's cab-driving sidekick on NBC Radio in 1951, he was asked to step into the lead role of Simon Templar to replace Tom Conway for a single episode — making Dobkin one of the few actors to portray Leslie Charteris' literary creation.
 
His other radio work included ‘Escape’ (1947–1954), ‘Gunsmoke’ (1952–1961), ‘Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar’ (1956–1960), and the anthology series ‘Lux Radio Theater’.
 
Continuing to work as a voice actor throughout his career, Dobkin contributed to the video game Tom Clancy's ‘Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear’ (1999).
 
Dobkin’s prolific career in television began in 1946, working as an actor, narrator and director. In 1953, he guest starred on Alan Hale, Jr.'s short-lived CBS espionage series set in the Cold War, ‘Biff Baker, U.S.A.’. He was cast in an episode of the early syndicated series ‘The Silent Service’, based on true stories of the submarine section of the United States Navy. He appeared too in the religion anthology series, ‘Crossroads’, based on experiences of American clergymen, and later on the ABC religion drama, ‘Going My Way’, starring Gene Kelly.
 
As a writer, Dobkin created the title character for the 1974 film and the 1977–1978 NBC series ‘The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams’. He began directing for television in 1960, and his work in this area included the pilot and episodes of ‘The Munsters’ (1964) and 16 episodes of ‘The Waltons’ (1972–1981).
 
Dobkin's notable supporting film roles include “Twelve O'Clock High” (1949), “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951), “Julius Caesar” (1953), “The Ten Commandments” (1956), “The Defiant Ones” (1958) and “Patton” (1970). He had a cameo appearance in the 1954 sci-fi thriller “Them”.
 
Dobkin appeared in only one Euro-western but it was a memorable role as Lawrence/Linus Jerome Carradine in “Johnny Yuma” (1966) opposite Mark Damon.
 
Lawrence died on October 28, 2002
 
Today we remember Lawrence Dobkin on what would have been his 95th birthday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

VIVA DJANGO!

Preparati la bara! – Italian title
And Now Prepare Your Grave – Australian title
Nobody Returns... And Now Prepare Your Grave – Australia title
Viva Django! – Brazilian title
Django Sees Red – Canadian title
¡Viva Django! – Chilean title
Django sadler sin hest – Danish title
Viva Django! – Dutch title
Teloittaja – Finnish title
Viva Django – Finnish title
Viva Django – teloittaja – Finnish title
Nimeni on Django – Finnish title
Nimeni on Django – teloittaja – Finnish title
Viva Django – teloittaja – Finnish title
Django, prépare ton cerceuil – French title
Trinita, prépare ton cercueil – French title
Django und die Bande der Gehenkten – German title
Django - Sein Haß ist tödlich – German title
Joe, de Galgenvogel – German title
O kanenas tha ktypisi xana – Greek title
Dango – Greek title
Viva Django – Hungarian title
Viva Django – Portuguese title
El clan de los ahorcados – Spanish title
Mitt namn ar Django – Swedish title
Blodig terror – Swedish title
Cango geliyor – Turkish title
Get a Coffin Ready – English title
Django, Get a Coffin Ready – English title
Viva Django – English title
 
A 1967 Italian production [B.R.C. Produzioni Film (Rome)]
Producer: Manolo Bolognini
Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Story: Franco Rossetti
Screenplay: Franco Rossetti, Ferdinando Baldi
Cinematography: Enzo Barboni [Eastmancolor, widescreen]
Music: Gianfranco Reverberi
Songs: “Viva Django!”, “You’d Better Smile”, “Cosa va le un uomo” sung by Nicola Di Bari
Running time: 107 minutes
 
Cast:
Joe/Django/Trinity/Cassidy – Terence Hill (Mario Girotti)
Martin/David Barry – Horst Frank
Mercedes Ibanez – Barbara Simon (Bruna Simionato)
Lucas – George Eastman (Luigi Montefiori)
Horace/Orazio – Pinuccia Ardia (Rodolfo Ardia)
Jonathan Abbot – Lee Burton (Guido Lollobrigida)
Garcia Ibanez – José Torres
Lucy Cassidy – Angela Minervini
Walcott – Gianni De Benedetto
Peter/Ted/Pat O’Connor – Ivan Scratuglia (Giovanni Scratuglia)
Wallace – Roberto Simmi
Alvarez – Gianni Brezza
Sheriff – Franco Balducci
Deputy Sheriff – Franco Gulà
Yankee Jack – Edward G. Ross (Luciano Rossi)
Yankee Jack’s wife – Adriana Giuffrè
Dean - Paolo Magalotti
Alvarez – Gianni Brezza
Lucas henchmen – Andrea Scotti
Outlaw – Spartaco Conversi
Joe/Django/Trinity/Cassidy henchmen – Lucio De Santis, Omero Capanna, Angelo Boscariol
Barry henchman – Remo de Angelis
Spokesman – Eugene Walter
Paco – Albercio Donadeo
With: Valerio Tordi, Remo Capitani
Stunts: Remo De Angelis
 
 
David Berry proposes to Django, who was once his friend, to help him obtain the office of governor. Knowing how David is ambitious and ruthless, Django refuses and goes on the road with a load of gold to be transported to the federal deposit. Some bandits, led by Lucas, attack the convoy, massacre the escort and kill Django’s wife. Determined to get revenge, Django becomes the head of a gang composed of men unjustly condemn to death by Lucas which he saves from hanging by impersonating the executioner. The group is made up of an Indian and a man named Garcia, who convinces the others to join them and attack a convoy laden with gold. The loss of the gold brings down the wrath and the intervention of Berry, who needed the precious booty in order to continue his power. Django falls into the hands of Lucas and Berry, but escapes, killing the first and trapping the second into admitting he was the leader.
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

RIP Vivienne Chandler

 
British actress and photographer Vivienne Chandler died in London on June 6, 2013. Thanks to Daniel Meier who alerted me of her passing. Chandler made her first appearance on TV in ITV Playhouse in 1970 but she immediately began acting in minor parts in a number of major early 1970s films including “Lust for a Vampire”, “Duck You Sucker” and Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (all 1971). She made several small appearances in the 1980s, including the music video for "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" by the British super group ASIA in 1983, and appeared in Babies in 1997 but since then she had become a professional photographer working in the U.S. and many countries across Europe including France, Italy and the U.K.. She’s best remembered by Western fans for her appearance as Coleen, the love interest of James Coburn and David Warbeck in Sergio Leones 1971 “Duck You Sucker” where she’s seen in flashbacks.

Spaghetti Western Locations

We continue our search for film locations for “Texas Adios” (aka The Avenger). McLeod shows up at Delgado’s hacienda and warns him that Fernandez and the townsmen are on their way to attack Cisco. Pedro is ordered to round up all of Cisco’s men and head-off Fernandez and his men. Burt sees what is about to happen and warns Fernandez. Together they set and ambush and wipe out Delgado’s men. Just before the fighting stops Burt rides off towards Cisco’s hacienda and Pedro and three of his men ride after him.
 

The battle scene was filmed in Rambla Otero across the A92 from Oasys / Mini Hollywood.
 
 
For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: http://y-yasuda.net/film-location.htm

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

VILLA RIDES!

Villa Rides! – U.S.A. title
Rio Morte – Spanish title
Villa monta caballo – Spanish title
Villa cabalga – Spanish title
Villa, o Caudilho – Brazilian title
Pancho Villa rider ud – Danish title
Pancho Villa ratsastaa jälleen – Finnish title
Pancho Villa – French title
Pancho Villa reitet – German title
Rio Morte – German title
Pancho Villa – Greek title
Arnold, a bajkeverő – Hungarian title
Viva! Viva Villa! – Italian title
Jedzie Villa - Polish title
A Honra de Um Herói – Portuguese title
Pancho Villa – Swedish title
Zafere Susayanlar – Turkish title
Panco Vila jase – Yugoslavian title
Villa Rides! – U.S.A. title
 
A 1967 U.S.A., Spanish co-production [Paramount Pictures (Hollywood)]
Producer: Ted Richmond
Director: Buzz Kulik (Seymour Kulik)
Story: “Pancho Villa” by William Douglas Lansford
Screenplay: Robert Towne (Robert Schwartz), Sam Peckinpah (David Peckinpah)
Cinematography: Jack Hildyard [Eastmancolor, Panavision]
Music: Maurice Jarre
Running time: 125 minutes
 
Cast:
Pancho Villa – Yul Brynner (Yuliy Briner)
Lee Arnold – Robert Mitchum
Rodolfo Fierro – Charles Bronson (Charles Buchinsky)
Fina – Maria Grazia Buccella
Urbina – Robert Viharo
Captain Francisco Ramirez – Frank Wolff (Frank Herman)
General Victoriano Huerta – Herbert Lom (Herbert Schluderpacheru)
President Francisco Madero – Alexander Knox
Emilita – Diana Lorys (Anna Vega)
Don Luis Gonzalez – Robert Carricart
Lupita Gonzalez – Regina de Julián
Juan Gonzalez – Antoñito Ruiz (Antonio Sambrano)
Fuentes – Fernando Rey (Fernando Vega)
Captain Herrera – Andrés Monreal
Dave – John Ireland
Woman in restaurant – Jill Ireland
Soldier - Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell)
General - Julio Peña (Julio Munoz)
Major - José María Prada (Joe Oterino)
Telegraph operator - Xan das Bolas
Fiero’s assistant - José Riesgo
Guerilla rapist - José Canalejas
Villa guerilla - Enrique Santiago
Villa guerilla girl - Seyyal Taner
With: Fernando Hilbeck (Fernando Gravalda)
Stunts: José Luis Chinchilla, Miguel Pedregosa, Chuck Hayward
 

Pilot Lee Arnold is pulled into the Mexican Revolution by his own greed. The Texas gunrunner is forced to land in Mexico when his plane develops engine problems. Joining Pancho Villa and his band of guerilla fighters and bandits, in order to save his life, while being tormented by Fierro, Villa's right-hand-man; Villa must face possible betrayal by his own president's naiveté. As time transpires Arnold develops a sense of camaraderie with Villa and his cause.

 
You Tube trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7MI-_i8rQE

Happy 50th Birthday Keith Neubert

Keith Neubert was born on September 13, 1964 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Keith played college football and basketball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1984 to 1988, earning varsity letters in both while receiving a communications-journalism degree.
 
He was drafted by the New York Jets, and played in the NFL for five years until he was injured in 1992 retiring from the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
As an actor, he debuted in the lead role as Bambino in the Euro-western “Sons of Trinity” (1994). He appeared in secondary roles in “That Thing You Do!” (1996) and in ‘The Drew Carey Show’, ‘Becker’, ‘The Closer’ and had recurring roles on ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Two Guys and a Girl’.
 
Neubert was the host of the History Channel's competition reality series, ‘Picked Off’. He hosts National Geographic International's television series ‘Xpedition China: Search for Shangri la’ which airs on Discovery's Velocity Network. He is also host, producer, and writer on the American Xplorer adventure series for HDNet and host of Man Kitchen for the Food Network's Food2 network.
 
Neubert is credited as a producer, writer, and director on several television series and documentary films, including "American Xplorer", "Xpedition China: Search for Shangri la" and "With Love and Respect; Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers".
 
Today we celebrate Keith Neubert’s 50th birthday.