Sunday, June 21, 2009

THE BALLAD OF BEN AND CHARLIE

Amico, stammi lontano almeno un palmo – Italian title
Ben e Charlie – Italian title
Ben og Charlie - Vestens Skræk - Danish title
Pas På Vi Slår Hårdt (Ben og Charlie) - Danish tile
Ben & Charlie - Lännen villeimät kaverukset – Finnish title
Hitaat kuolevat nuorena – Finnish title
Méfie-toi Ben, Charlie veut ta peau - French title
Ben et Charlie – French title
Fais attention Ben, Charlie arrive – French title
Ben und Charlie – German title
Zwei linke Hände in der rechten Tasche - German title
Ben und Charlie – zwei Himmelhunde in wilden Westen – German title
2 Himmelhundle im wilde Westen – German title
Ben und Charlie – German title
Ben kai Charly – Greek title
Ben e Charlie - Portuguese title
Les llamaban y les llamaban dos sinvergüenzas - Spanish title
Ben och Charlie – Swedish title
Amigo Stay Away – U.K. title
The Humpty Dumpty Gang – U.K. title
Ben and Charlie – U.S.A. title
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie – U.S.A. title

A 1971 Italian production [Jupiter General Cinematografica (Rome)]
Producer: Franco Committeri
Director: Michele Lupo
Story: Luigi Montefiore
Screenplay: Sergio Donati, Luigi Montefiori
Dialogue: Gene Luotto
Cinematography: Aristide Massaccesi [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Gianni Ferrio
Song: “Let it Rain, Let it Pour” sung by Stefan Grossman
Song: “Starting Over” sung by ?
Running time: 118 minutes

Cast:
Ben Bellow - Giuliano Gemma
Charlie Logan - George Eastman (Luigi Montefiori)
Sarah - Marisa Mell (Marlies Moitzi)
Allan “3%” Smith - Vittorio Congia
Kurt van Niessen - Luciano Lorcas (Luciano Catenacci)
Pinkerton Detective Hawkins - Giacomo Rossi Stuart
Jose “Charro” Gonzales - Remo Capitani
George “Butch” Quarry - Giovanni Pazzafini
Sheriff of Winfrey - Luis Induni (Luigi Radici)
Sheriff Robbins - Franco Fantasia
Sheriff Walker - Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell)
Sheriff of Silvertown - Roberto Camardiel (Roberto Escudero)
Samuel J. Cobb - Paco Sanz (Franciso Sanz)
preacher - George Rigaud (Pedro Delissetche)
San Diego bank manager - Cris Huerta (Crisanto Brieva)
farmer - José Manuel Martin (José Perez)
gamblers - Tom Felleghi (Tamas Fellegi), Giovanni Cianfriglia, Antonio Casas (Antonio Barros), Francisco Sanz, Vittorio Fanfoni
fire eater – Osiride Pevarello
prizefighter - Claudio Ruffini
telegrapher - Jesús Guzmán (Jesús Areta)
with: Fabián Conde, Gioia Desideri, Carla Mancini, Roberto dell’Acqua


Ben and Charlie are a pair of small-time hustlers. The film opens with Charlie Logan waiting outside a Mexican prison for his partner Ben Bellow to be released. Once Ben is free they travel off and then Charlie gives him a whooping for losing their money from a botched cattle scam. The two separate but they are brought back together by fate. They accidentally become bank robbers and are joined by the bank’s cashier, 3% Smith. The bank hires a Pinkerton agent to find the trio. Just when the trio has decided to hang up their guns they encounter three outlaws determined to join the gang. They then force the group to continue making hold-ups and it is only now a matter of time before the Pinkerton man catches up to them for a final showdown.

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzDxtUEm04Q

3 comments:

  1. Thanks Antonio, title added.

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  2. A couple of Danish titles:

    Ben og Charlie - Vestens Skræk
    Pas På Vi Slår Hårdt (Ben og Charlie)

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