Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Word on Westerns part two

Here’s the second half of my talk at the Autry Museum this past June.

Happy 60th Birthday Farris Castleberry

Farris Castleberry was born on September 30, 1954 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Little is known about Farris other than he appeared in the 1984 Euro-western “Man Hunt” starring Ethan Wayne.
Today we celebrate Farris Castleberry’s 60th birthday.

Happy 80th Birthday Udo Jurgens

Udo Jürgen Bockelmann was born on September 30, 1934 in Schloß Ottmanach, Carinthia, Austria. Udo was born into a wealthy family, he grew up in the Austrian Ottmanach Castle in with his brothers John [1931-2006], later a businessman, and Manfred [1943-     ], now a respected painter. He became a composer and singer of popular music, his career spans over fifty years. He has written more than 800 songs and sold over 100 million records. In 2007 he additionally obtained Swiss citizenship.
He is credited with broadening German-language pop music beyond the traditional postwar schlager in the 1960s by infusing it with a modern pop appeal; his exceptionally tuneful compositions and sophisticated arrangements attract fans of all ages, and even in his 70s he continues to fill the largest concert venues in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Jurgens composed the music for one Euro-western; 1975’s “Montana Trap”.
Today we celebrate Udo Jürgens 80th birthday.

Monday, September 29, 2014


La guerrillera de Villa – Spanish title
The Warriors of Pancho Villa – English title
A 1966 Spanish, Mexican co-production [Cesáreo González Producciones Cinematográficas(Madrid), Oro Films (Mexico City)]
Producers: Gonzalo Elivra, Jr., Sánchez de Aparicio
Director: Miguel Monrayta (Miguel Martinez)
Story: Fernando Galiana, Miguel Morayta (Miguel Martinez)
Screenplay: Fernando Galiana, Miguel Morayta (Miguel Martinez)
Cinematography: Alex Phillips (Alexander Pelepiok) [Eastmancolor]
Music: Manuel Esperón  (Manuel González)
Songs: “Carmen de Espana”, “La cruz de mayo”, “La adelita”, “Jesusita en Chihuahua” sung by Carmen Sevilla (Maria Galisteo)
Running time: 976 minutes
Reyes Mendoza – Carmen Sevilla (Maria Galisteo)
Ricardo Peñalver - Julio Alemán
Capitán Pablo Márquez – Vicente Parra (Vicente Collado)
General Pancho Villa - José Elías Moreno (José Padilla)
Doncella de Reyes - María Herrero
Capitán - Óscar Morelli (Oscar Mouet)
Colonel Gutiérrez - Jaime Fernández
Villista – ‘Harapos’ (Mario García)
Man in theater - Federico González
Soldadera - Leonor Gómez
Train passenger – ‘La Chichmeca’ (Isabel Vázquez)
With: Ferrusquilla (José Ángel Espinosa), José Baviera, Carlos Bravo, Enrique García Álvarez, Carlos López Figueroa (Carlos Cardán), Roberto Porter, Sergio Virell (Sergio Virel), Salvador Zea, Guillermo Sánchez

Francisco Madero is president of the Mexican Republic, a coup kills him and usurps power. Pancho Villa takes up arms to defend the legality. Reyes Mendoza’s boyfriend, a Spanish tonadillera acting in Mexico, convince her to help the revolutionary Pancho Villa, as no one will suspect a popular singer. During performances of northern Mexico, Reyes falls madly in love with Ricardo Peñalver.

Remembering Georgi Bakhchevanov

Georgi Ivanova Bakhchevanov was born on September 29, 1944 in Grudovo, Bulgaria. Georgi was a film and TV actor who appeared in ten films from 1973-1988. Among those films was one Euro-western, “Death for Zapata” (1976) as Thomas. He died in Hakovo, Bulgaria of cancer in 1992. He was only 47 years-old.
Today we remember Georgi Bakhchevanov on what would have been his 70th birthday.

Remembering Marina Berti

Marina Berti was born Elena Maureen Bertolini on September 29, 1924 in London, England. Berti made her film debut in an uncredited role in 1941's “ La Fuggitiva”. Because of her bilingual abilities she appeared in films shown in the U.S. such as “Quo Vadis” (1951), “Ben Hur” (1959) and “Cleopatra” (1963), “If It's Tuesday, This Must be Belgium” (1969). She would go on to appear in over 100 films in character and lead roles. Her last screen appearance was in the Costa-Gavras film “Amen” (2002). Marina was married to actor Claudio Gorra from 1944 until his death in 1998. She was the mother of actor Andrea Giordana and actress Marina Giordana. Marina appeared in two Euro-westerns “The Stranger Returns” (1967) and “Hate is My God” (1969). Marina died on October 29, 2002.
Today we celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday.

Happy 95th Birthday Margot Hielscher

Margot Hielscher was born on September 29, 1919 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. Margot is a German singer and film actress. She appeared in over fifty films between and 1939 and 1994. Among her films was one Euro-western, “Johnny Saves Nebrador” (1953) in the role of Marina.
In 1957, Hielscher was chosen to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Telefon, Telefon". The song finished fourth out of ten, with eight points.
Hielscher was chosen again to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 with the song "Für Zwei Groschen Musik". The song finished seventh out of ten, with 5 points.
In 1989, she starred in the TV series ‘Rivalen der Rennbahn’.
Today we celebrate Margot Hielscher’s 95th birthday.