Friday, August 22, 2014

VENDETTA AT DAWN

Quel maledetto giorno della resa dei conti – Italian title
Sabata regle ses comtes – French title
Django – Der Tag der Abrechnung – German title
Ta colt ton paranomon – Greek title
Venganza – Spanish title
Terrible Day of the Big Gundown – English title
Vendetta at Dawn – English title
 
A 1971 Italian production [Pentagono Cinematografica, Mancori Film (Rome)]
Producer: Alvaro Mancori, Felice Zappulla
Director: Willy S. Regan (Sergio Garrone)
Story: Gino Mangini (Luigi Mangini)
Screenplay: Sergio Garrone, Gino Mangini (Luigi Mangini)
Cinematography: Guglielmo Mancori [Kodakcolor, widescreen]
Music: Francesco De Masi
Song: “Walk by My Side” sung by Raoul (Ettore Lovecchio)
Running time: 94 minutes
 
Cast:
Jonathan Benton – Ty Hardin (Orison Hungerford, Jr.)
Doctor George Benton/Sabata – George Eastman (Luigi Montefiori)
Jane – Anita Saxe
Gregory – Steffen Zacharias
Rod Fargas – Bruno Corazzari
Peter Fargas – Rick Boyd (Federico Boido)
Carl Fargas – Dominic Barto
Lorry Baxter Benson – Constanza Spada (Laura Troschel)
Sheriff Jed – Lee Burton (Guido Lollobrigida)
Hannah Benton – Lucia Catullo
Johnny Benton - Leo Widmark (Roberto Dell’Acqua)
Wal – Jean Louis
Ralph Barry – Nello Pazzafini (Giovanni Pazzafini)
Joe – Bernard Faber (Bernard Farber)
outlaw – Piero Nistri
Sam – Manfred Freyberger
Mexican – Sandro Scarchilli
Townsman – Elio Angelucci
With: Claudio Trionfi, Angelo Pieri, Vittorio Fanfoni, Franco Ukmar
 
 
After graduating from medical school in San Francisco, the young George Benton returns home to the farm of his brother Jonatham to marry Lorry, his girlfriend of five years. Sometime later the brothers Fargas, disappointed gold miners, attack the farm to rob and kill all the family members of George (only a brother and a nephew survive). Assuming that the criminals responsible for the attack are Ralph Barry and his two accomplices, George is determined to avenge the deaths and pursues the three alleged killers of which only Ralph escapes. Having discovered that one of the surviving Bentons knows who the real culprits are, the Fargas brothers force Barry to join them and attack the farm to eliminate the dangerous witness. George, now aware of the truth (being informed by a prostitute), rejects their assault, killing both Ralph and Fargas. The third, Rod, flees, but is captured by George who turns him over to the sheriff to face justice.
 


Happy 65th Birthday Dum Dum Pacheco

José Luis ‘Dum Dum’ Pacheco was born on August 22, 1949 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain. At 16 years of age is arrested for petty crimes and then is sent to prison, where he survives 3 hard years. Being a great lover of boxing he redirects his life through the sport for which he feels a special motivation.
 
On his release from prison he volunteers for military service and joins the Legion of Ceuto for which he has always felt a special admiration.
 
In 1976 he wrote the autobiographical book, Mear Sangre.
 
He is presented a great opportunity to fight the European Welterweight Championship against Danes Hans Palm Herrik but he was involved in an unfortunate traffic accident hitting a truck head on, which kept him out of the ring for four years.
 
After trying once again to jump start his boxing career, he hangs up his gloves at the age of 36. Dum Dum had 111 fights winning 74 (52 by knock out), lost 22 (8 by knockout) and 14 draws.
 
After his boxing career he turned to acting and appeared in a few films among which were three Euro-westerns: “Chicano” (1980), “The Black Wolf” (1980) and “The Revenge of the Black Wolf” (1981) in the role of Private Spencer.
 
He lives a quiet life in Madrid's Villarosa, in the district of Hortaleza, and today we celebrate his 65th birthday.

Remembering Walter Rilla

Walter Wilhelm Karl Ernst Rilla was born on August 22, 1894 in Neunkirchen, Bezirk Trier, Germany. The son of a railway engineer Friedrich Wilhelm Rilla and his wife Karoline founder of the Fridericianum and the University of Königsberg. He studied literature, art history and philosophy in Breslau, Lausanne and Berlin.
 
He married Theresa Klausner, from this marriage comes the film director Wolf Rilla. Since
1959 he was married to the writer Alix Degrelle-Hirth du Frênes.
 
In 1919 he founded the literary journal Earth. From 1920 he worked as a drama teacher for the Berlin theater. Since the 1920s, Walter Rilla was one of the most important of the German character actors. In 1926, he starred opposite Elisabeth Bergner in “Der Geiger von Florenz”, in 1928 alongside Marlene Dietrich inPrinzessin Olala”. In 1934 he went to England for a film roll, which followed by his final emigration in 1936. There Rilla remained until the end of the 1950s as a recognized supporting actor in productions such as “Star of India” or “Sabotage Agent”.
 
Rilla returned to Germany in 1957 where he had a role inBekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull” alongside of Liselotte Pulver and Horst Buchholz. He played in the Doctor Mabuse films “The Testament of Dr. Mabuse” (1962) and “Dr. Mabuse and Scotland Yard” (1963) and in the Edgar Wallace films “The Forger of London” and “Zimmer 13” (1964) in the latter film as well as in “I, Dr. Fu Man Chu”, he appeared with Karin Dor as father-daughter characters.
 
Rilla appeared in only one Euro-western as Murph Allan Short in “Day of Anger” (1967) with Lee Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma.
 
In addition, Rilla was a writer, screenwriter, producer, director, and television actor. He made his final appearance alongside Ruth Leuwerik and Martin Held inUnordnung und frühes Leid”. In 1966 he received the Film Award for his lifetime work in German films.
Rilla died on November 21, 1980 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany.
 
Today we remember Walter Rilla on what would have been his 120th birthday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

RIP Michael A. Hoey

Michael A. Hoey, who wrote the screenplays for a pair of Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters, has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor Dennis Hoey — who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in the 1940s Universal Pictures series of Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce — died August 17, 2014 of cancer at his home in San Clemente, California. Hooey was the film editor for the 1996 Euro-western “The North Star” starring James Caan and Christopher Lambert.

Remembering Pinuccio Ardia

Pinuccio Ardia was born Rodolfo Ardia on August 21, 1914. Ardia made ​​his film debut quite late, receiving, however, an immediate success as a comic figure of the thief from overwork nicknamed The Baron in the film “Operazione San Gennaro” directed by Dino Risi in 1966. However, after this initial success, and although he participated in numerous subsequent films in the sixties and seventies, he was never able to replicate the initial popularity and continued with very marginal roles in most of his films. During his film career Pinuccio appeared in nine Euro-westerns from “El Cisco” in 1966 with William Berger to “The Drummer of Vengeance” (1971) with Ty Hardin. He may best remembered as Seven Dollars alongside Gianni Garko in the 1967 film “$10,000 Blood Money”.
 
He participated in several television dramas, among which are ‘Napoli 1860 - La fine dei Borboni’ (1970), directed by Alessandro Blasetti and ‘Storie della camorra’ by Paul Gazzara in 1978 andIl furto della Gioconda’ directed by Renato Castellani.
 
Ardie died in Rome, Italy on February 15, 1994.
 
Today we remember Pinuccio Ardia on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RIP Tom Pevsner

Thomas ‘Tom’ Pevsner a British producer, director and assistant director died on August 19th 2014. Pevsner was born in Dresden, Germany on October 12, 1926, he began his career in the film industry as an assistant director at the beginning of the 1950s. As such, he worked until 1970. In 1962, made his directional debut with the German comedy film “Finden sie, daß Constanze sich richtig verhält?”. Lilli Palmer and Peter van Eyck starred in the film. From the mid-1960s Pevsner operated as a producer, which he invariably became an Associate Producer in appearance. An example of this is the film adaptation Dracula. From 1979 to 1981 he was involved in this function on several James Bond films, his first film was James Bond 007 “For Your Eyes Only”. This was followed by “Octopussy” (1983), “A View to a Kill (1985) and two films with Timothy Dalton in the lead role: “The Living Daylights” (1987) and “License to  Kill” (1989). For the 1995 Bond film “Goldeneye” Pevsner served as executive producer. After he retired from the film business he was only seen in documentaries about the James Bond films.
 
Tom was a production manager on two Euro-westerns: "Doc" (1971) and "The Spikes Gang" (1974).

The Vampire Indian

La vampira Indiana – Italian title
La vampire Indienne – French title
Vampira – Portuguese title
La vampire India – Spanish title
Indian Vampire – English title
The Vampire Indian – English title
 
A 1913 Italian production [Aquila Film, N.& B. (Turin)]
Producer: ?
Director: Roberto Roberti (Vincenzoni Leone)
Story: ?
Screenplay: ? 
Cinematography: ? [black & white]
Running time: 1200 meters
 
Cast:
Vampire Indian - Bice Walera (Edvige Valcarenghi)
Antonietta Calderari, Frederico Elvezi, Signor Greco, Giovanni Pezzinga, Roberto Roberti (Vincenzoni Leone), Angiolina Solari

 
A bloodthirsty Native American terrorizes the Old West.