Saturday, December 20, 2014

RIP Ingvar Kjellson

Swedish actor Ingvar Kjellson died of pneumonia on December 18th he was 91. Mainly a stage actor he had more than 140 credits but also appeared regularly in Swedish films and on television. His one Euro-western was as the judge in Wild West Story in 1963.


La balada de Johnny Ringo – Spanish title
Wer kennt Jonny R.? – German title
Wer kennt Johhn Ringo – German title
5000 $ für den Kopf von Johnny R. – German title
Johnny Ringo – Dutch title
Kuka tappoi Johnny Ringon? – Finnish title
L’insaissable Johnny Ringo – French title
Una bara per Ringo – Italian title
Yo mate a Johnny Ringo – Mexican title
Johnny Ringo - död eller levande – Swedish title
Jony Ringo Kim? – Turkish title
Who Killed Johnny Ringo – English title
Who Killed Johnny R.? – English title
A 1965 Spanish, West German co-production [Tilma Films S.A. (Barcelona), CCC Filmkunst(Berlin)]
Producer: Artur Brauner
Director: José Luis Madrid
Story: Carson Wiley
Screenplay: Ladislas Fodor, Peter Achilles (Paul Jarrico), J.L. Madrid (José Luis Madrid)
Cinematography: Julio Pérez de Rozas [Eastmancolor, Techniscope]
Music: Federico Martínez Tudó         
Song: “The Ballad of Johnny Ringo” sung by Ralf Wolter
Running Time: 91 minutes
Sam Dobie/Johnny Ringo – Lex Barker (Alexander Barker, Jr.)
Clyde Smith – Joachim Fuchsberger
Bea Bordet – Marianne Koch
Billy Monroe – Ralf Wolter
Cathy Carmichael, Barbara Bold
Captain Jason Conroy – Sieghardt Rupp
Thorpe - César Ojinaga
Sheriff of Tombstone – Isidro Novellas (Isidro Plans)
Cathy Conroy – Montserrat Porta
Ringo henchman – Alain Pinson (Allen Pinson), Francisco Nieto
Kowalski - Vicente Soler (Vicente Domingo)
Mason - Carlos Otero (Carlos Pereira)
Leadville shopkeeper - Antonio Jiménez Escribano
With: Mary Carmen Castro, Alberto Gadea, Jose Fiol, Augusto Fernándes, Gabriel Espinosa, Francisco Cebrián, Roger Justafré, Francisco Aguilera, Rafael González Jr., Joaquin Navales, Dámaso Muní, Victor Bayo, Ángel Maya, Juan Antonio Rubio (Juan Garcia), José Fiol, Miguel Garcia
Johnny Ringo, a legendary gunslinger, is an outlaw which no one has ever seen his face. The sheriff of Tombstone organizes a posse to kill him, but with the help of Bea, the woman he loves, manages to escape once again. Shortly the sheriff hires a deputy Sam Dobby, to help him keep the peace, not knowing that behind this unsuspecting personality hides the outlaw Johnny Ringo. Sam is determined to continue to hide his true identity. Rumors once again surface that Ringo is still alive and all suspicions focus on Clyde Smith, a very experienced man with the gun. Sam and Clyde become friends and when Smith is almost assassinated Sam defends him and is killed and his true identity comes to light.

Remembering Renzo Palmer

Renzo Palmer was born Lorenzo Bigatti on December 20, 1929 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. The adopted son of actress of prose Kiki Palmer, Renzo debuted on radio in 1955 after being spotted in an audition for singers, and worked for two years in the Society of Prose for Radio Rome.
In 1957 he made his debut in the theater at the Piccolo in Milan in the play “The Pallinisti”, followed shortly by “L'anfitrione” and “La locandiera”.
However, it was on TV that was the medium that best suited the talents of this actor: “L'avaro di Molière” (1958) marked the beginning of a long series of successes and assured him later popularity and professional satisfaction.
For some years he starred in RAI’sOggi le comiche’, program which aired at lunchtime on Saturday, which made ​​him popular among the young viewera. He never gave up, however, the medium that had seen his artistic beginnings, taking part over the years in numerous radio programs, especially variety: ‘La trottola’ (1964), ‘Passaporto per Eva’ (1964), ‘Il... senzatitolo’ (1967), ‘Questo sì, questo no’ (1970), ‘Indianapolis’ (1971), ‘Le ballate dell'italiano’ (1972) "rivistina della domenica" ‘Il ghiro e la civetta’ (1974).
A versatile actor, rich in ironic insights and with a voice when necessary of modulated tones more good-natured and fun, Palmer was on several occasions also a radio host: among other things, in 1970 and in 1972 was the of You and I, the popular morning program of the National Italian Program, in 1978 he replaced Arnoldo Foa to run the radio quiz ‘Il gambero’, while in 1984  he showed up, along with Patrizia Land on. ‘From A to Z’, the "Dictionary of situations and feelings" of Ermanno Anfossi. As a voice actor has loaned his voice to Anthony Quinn.
During his career he often appeared in films as a supporting actor. He acted in seven Euro-westerns from “A Dollar of Fear” in 1960 as the character Smile to 1974’s “Red Coat” as a RCMP Sergeant. He was the Italian voice of Al Mulock in “Day of Anger” (1967).
Palmer died in Milan on June 3 1988 due to cancer.
Today we remember Renzo Palmer on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Friday, December 19, 2014

RIP Arthur Gardner

RIP Arthur Gardner. I received word from Producer Rob Word that producer Arthur Gardner died earlier today at age 104. Arthur was an active member of our Algonquin Cowboys group that meets once a month to honor Western films. Arthur was born Arthur Goldberg on June 7, 1910 in Marinette, Wisconsin. He appeared in 1930’s All Quiet on the Western Front. During World War II, Gardner served in the Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California, where he met Jules V. Levy and Arnold Laven. The three formed the Levy-Gardner-Laven production company in 1951. Gardner's producing credits include the television series The Rifleman (1958–1963) and The Big Valley (1965–1969). His feature film credits include 1974's McQ and 1975's Brannigan, both starring John Wayne. He was executive producer on the Euro-western The Hunting Party (1971).

Guess Who I Am

I’m a French actor born in Paris in 1916.
I appeared in over 60 films among which were three Euro-westerns.
I was later a voice actor and French dubbed Raymond Burr in TV’s “Ironside”
I died in France in 2008.
Breccio correctly named Jacques Berthier as this week's photo.

RIP Giorgio Ardisson

Italian actor Giorgio (George) Ardisson has died at his home in Cerveteri, Italy. He was 83.
The actor Giorgio Ardisson had chosen to live in Cerveteri, known for numerous films and for being in the cinema "Zorro the Fox". The debut film of the blond actor, athletic and good looking thanks to Mauro Bolognini, who chose him for a secondary but important role in “Arrangiatevi!”  (You're on Your Own). His athletic prowess and his boldness to make his characters real made him ideal for adventure films and so called peplum-movies, for Spaghetti westerns and, especially, for the cult police/crime films exploiting the reckless adventures of secret agents like James Bond / 007, much in vogue in the early 1960s. George Ardisson, was born in Rocca, Canavese, Turin, Italy 1931 and died at his home in Cerveteri on December 11th.
Ardisson had starred in six Euro-westerns:  "Massacre at Grande Canyon" 1963 (Tully/Rudy Dancer),
"God May Forgive You, Not Me" (1968) (Cjamango McDonald), "A Man Called Amen" (1968) (Amen/Johnny), "Zorro the Fox" (1968) (Riccardo de Villaria/Don Diego/Zorro), Chapaqua’s Gold (1970) (Jack ‘Doc’ Harrison) and "Django Defies Sartana" (1970) (Sartana).

Remembering Edmund Purdom

Edmund Anthony Cutlar Purdom was born on December 19, 1924 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. Purdom was educated at St. Augustine's Abbey School, Ramsgate, Kent, then by the Jesuits at St. Ignatius Grammar School and Welwyn Garden City Grammar School. He began his acting career in 1946 by joining the Northampton Repertory Company, appearing in productions which included “Romeo and Juliet” and Molière's “The Imaginary Invalid”. Followed by two years of military service where he joined the Army Pool of Artists. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.
In 1951–1952, Purdom appeared in small roles with the Laurence Olivier/Vivien Leigh company on Broadway in Shakespeare's “Antony and Cleopatra” and Shaw's “Caesar and Cleopatra” when his good looks brought him to the attention of Hollywood. 20th Century Fox tested him for a role in “My Cousin Rachel” and MGM offered him a small role in “Rhapsody” which he turned down to work at Warner Bros. But Warners lost interest in him.
His appearance in small roles in “Titanic” and “Julius Caesar” (both 1953) led to his being cast in the
leading role opposite Ann Blyth in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical “The Student Prince” in 1954, a part originally intended for Mario Lanza, whose disagreement with director Curtis Bernhardt over the way a certain song was to be sung had led to his dismissal by MGM. (The film was subsequently directed by Richard Thorpe.) Purdom lip-synched to Lanza's singing voice.
At this time, he acquired the nickname "the replacement star" because his other best-remembered role was taking over for Marlon Brando as the title character in “The Egyptian”, 20th Century-Fox's most lavish production of 1954. In the same year, he appeared in another MGM musical, “Athena”, opposite his future wife Linda Christian, Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds. He then played the title role in the biblical epic “The Prodigal”, MGM's most lavish production of 1955. He partnered with Ann Blyth again in “The King's Thief” (1955). After that, his career as a major film star ran out of steam, with the exception of some rare cameo appearances, such as “The Yellow Rolls-Royce” in 1964.
On television he starred as Marco del Monte in ‘Sword of Freedom’ (1958), a swashbuckler made for ITC Entertainment.
Purdom moved to Rome, Italy, where he first played parts in "sword and sandal" epics and lived there for the rest of his life. He continued to work extensively in Italian B-films, on television and as a voice dubbing actor for many years. In 1984, he directed his first and only film, “Don't Open 'Til Christmas”. Purdom appeared in five Euro-westerns: “The Last Ride to Santa Cruz”  1963 as  Rex Kelly; “Charge of the 7th” (1964) as Sergeant Archibald Timothy ‘Sugar’ Patterson; “Shoot to Kill” (1964) as Captain Tom Jameson/Jim James, Father Andrew Jameson; “Gun Shy Piluk” (1968) as Sheriff Roger Terence Everett Brown and “A Wreath for the Bandits” (1968).
Purdom died from heart failure on January 1, 2009, in Rome.
Today we remember Edmund Purdom on what would have been his 90th birthday.