Sunday, August 16, 2009

BILLY TWO HATS

La mia pistola per Billy – Italian title
Verinen pako – Finnish title
Un colt pour une corde – French title
Begrabt die Wölfe in der Schlucht– German title
Oi Paranomoi - Greek title
Billy dos sombreros – Spanish title
Halvblodet – Swedish title
Den halvblods & den loulose - ? title
The Lady and the Outlaw – U.S.A. title
Billy Two Hats – U.S.A. title

A 1973 Israeli production [Algonquin Film Productions (Tel Aviv)]
Producer: Norman Jewison, Patrick Palmer
Director: Ted Kotcheff (William Kotcheff)
Story: Alan Sharp
Screenplay: Alan Sharp
Cinematography: Brian West [Technicolor, Panavision]
Music: John Scott (Patrick Scott)
Running time: 99 minutes

Cast:
Arch Deans - Gregory Peck (Eldred Peck)
Billy Two Hats - Desi Arnaz, Jr. (Desiderio Arnaz de Acha IV)
Sheriff Henry Gifford - Jack Warden (Jack Lebzelter)
Copeland - David Huddleston
Esther Spencer - Sian Barbara Allen (Barbara Pokrass)
Spencer - John Pearce
Copeland’s squaw - Dawn Little Sky
Indians - Vincent Sr. Cyr (W. St. Cyr), Henry Medicine Hat, Ze’ev Berlinsky, Anthony Scott


Though Desi Arnaz, Jr. plays the title role of Billy, Gregory Peck is top billed in Billy Two Hats. Arnaz plays a thief who teams up with Scottish bank bandit Arch Deans (Peck). A botched robbery results in a tiny amount of cash and an accidental killing. Peck rescues the captured Billy, enduring a leg wound in the process. While resting in the home of an old rancher, Peck goes off in search of a doctor, while Billy enjoys the sexual favors of the rancher's young wife, Esther Spence (Sian Barbara Allen). This interruption in the bandits' escape enables Indian-hating sheriff Jack Warden, an Indian hating Sheriff, to catch up with Arnaz and Peck. A last-reel shoot-out ensues, involving sheriff's deputies, the rancher, and a band of Indian renegades. Billy Two Hats (reissued as The Lady and the Outlaw) was the first American western to be filmed in Israel.
– Hal Erickson

Desi Arnaz Jr. is the son of band leader Desi Arnaz and actress Lucille Ball. His birth was one of the most publicized in TV history. His parents were in the American television sitcom I Love Lucy and Lucille Ball's pregnancy was in the storyline, considered daring in those times. The same day Lucy gave birth to Desi Jr., the fictional Lucy Ricardo gave birth to "Little Ricky". The child was shown on the first cover of TV Guide. Little Ricky as a baby was played by two sets of twins Joseph and Michael Mayer (1953–1954) followed by Richard and Ronald Lee Simmons (1954–1955). A boy named Keith Thibodeaux (using the professional name Richard Keith) was later cast to play 6-year-old Little Ricky. However, a Time cover labeled Arnaz, Jr. as "Lucy's $50,000,000 baby." By 12, Arnaz was a drummer with Dino, Desi, & Billy. The others were Dean Paul Martin, (son of Dean Martin), and Billy Hinsche. The band scored two hit singles with "I'm a Fool" and "Not The Lovin Kind" in 1965. In 1968, he and his older sister, Lucie, played opposite their mother in Here's Lucy as her children. In 1970, Desi appeared on The Brady Bunch episode "The Possible Dream". Today Desi and his wife Amy live in Boulder City, Nevada, owners of the Boulder Theatre, a cinema converted into a theatre and home to the Boulder City Ballet Company

2 comments:

  1. Not really a buddy film, more of a father/son film with lots of talk and not a lot of action. Peck's Scottish accent will get on your nerves after awhile. Jack Warden steals the film with his relentless pursuit of the our two bank robber heroes.

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