Sunday, May 24, 2015

Freispurch fur Old Shatterhand (TV)

Freispruch für Old Shatterhand - German title
Svoboda pro Old Shatterhanda – Yugoslavian title
(Acquittal of Old Shatterhand – English translated title)

A 1965 German television production [C.C.C. Film (Berlin)]
Producer: Artur Brauner
Director: Hans Heinrich
Story: Karl May
Teleplay: Hellmut Kotschenreuther
Photography: Gunther Knuth [black & white]
Music: H.F. Heddenhausen (Heinz-Friedel Heddenhausen), Martin Bottcher, Riz Ortolani
(Riziero Ortolani)
Running time: 61 minutes

Karl May - Friedrich G. Beckhaus (Friedrich Georg Beckhaus)
Rudolf Lebius - Toni Herbert (Anton Herbert)
Lawyer - Gerhard Schinschke
Mays - Günter Hanke
Richter - Walter Janssen
Louis Krugel - Peter Schiff
Bauer Reimann - Bruno W. Pantel (Bruno Walter Pantel)
Gendarms - Manfred Meurer, Willi Hollfers
Handwerksburche - Karl J. Kramer (Karl-Josef Kramer)
Franz - Günter Glaser
Hannes - Arthur Binder
Bandit - Hans Nitschke
Farmers’ wives - Agathe Winkler, Ursula Gerstel
Assessors - Fritz Ritterfeld, Walter Fein
Gefangnisbeamter - Adolf Wiegand
Waitress - Michela Pfeiffer
Kraus - Werner Stock
Winnetou – Pierre Brice [archive footage]
Shatterhand – Lex Barker [archive footage]

This TV film covers the trial of Karl May who was sued by a rival named Rudolf Lebius for liable. The trial was held before the Schöffengericht Berlin-Charlottenburg on 12th  April 1910. Lebius brings to the trial evidence of Mays previous convictions.  In flashbacks May recalls his time in labor while in the penitentiary and recounts various crimes with his sidekick Priegel. Mays lawyer and May even try to show the "other side"; to clarify the causes and psychological reasons that made him a criminal. The lawyers prove that May has been reformed. Involved are Mays fantasies in the form of film clips from the Karl-May-movies with Lex Barker and Pierre Brice.

A 1965 German television production by C.C.C. shows Karl May's life from his perspective, punctuated with scenes of the CCC films that represent a sign of Mays dream world. In the end Karl May has been legally convicted of past crimes he is now morally right and reformed.

Birthdays Then and Now

Fernando Soler (screenwriter) 1896 – 10/24/1979
Ioana Ciomârtan (actress) would have been 100 today she did in 1993.

Walter Fuss (actor) 1921 – 4/1/1996
Ferruccio De Ceresa (actor) 1922 – 4/17/1993
Jean Girault (director) 1924 – 7/24/1982
Jose Manuel Martin (actor) 1924 -
Germano Longo (aka Grant Laramy) (actor) 1933 -
Sybil Danning (actress) 1947 –

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spaghetti Western Locations

We continue our search for locations for “A Few Dollars for Django”. Bransbury’s men and the ranchers attack Norton’s farm. Sam and Buck are sent to capture Sally Norton which Bransbury hopes to use as a hostage and force Norton and Sheriff Regan to surrender. The two outlaws chase her into the nearby rocks where Norton traps them He tells Sam and Buch he is Jim Norton and to come and get him. When they do he shoots and kills them but not before Sam gets a shot off killing Jim. 

The rock formations used in this scene are located at Manzanares el Real which has been used in dozens of Euro-westerns including “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “The Big Gundown”, “Minnesota Clay”, “Face to Face”, The Hills Run Red” and many others. 

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations