Saturday, May 19, 2012

MALLORY MUST NOT DIE


Il mio nome è Mallory... M come morte – Italian title
Mit navn er Mallory – Danish title
Mallory, “M” comme la mort – French title
Django, unnerbittlich bis zum Tod – German title
Sto Texas o ilios einai Kokkinos – Greek title
A Larry non e permesso morire – Italian title
Nimeni on Mallory – Spanish title
Mitt namn är Mallory – Swedish title
My Name is Mallory – English title
Mallory Must Not Die – English title

A 1971 Italian production [Cervo Films (Rome)]
Producer: Attilio Tosato
Director: Mario Moroni
Story: Mario Moroni
Screenplay: Mario Moroni
Cinematography: Giuseppe Aquari [Eastmancolor, Techniscope]
Music: Robert Pregadio
Running time: 107 minutes

Cast:
Larry Mallory/Warden – Robert Wood (Robert Woods)
Cora Hambler/Ambler – Gabriella Giorgelli
Bart Hambler/Ambler – Teodoro Corrà
Block Stone – Artemio Antonini
Colonel Todd Hasper – Renato Baldini
Doctor – Renato Malavasi
Maria – Carla Mancini
Jack – Antonio Basile
Merchant – Fulvio Mingozzi
Hambler/Ambler henchman – Alessandro Perella
Bartender – Nino Musco
With: Mario Dardanelli, Attilio Marra, Renato Mazzieri


Mallory a famous gunslinger and Hasper a former Yankee army colonel wish now to enjoy in peace the rest of their lives. They become partners and purchase a large farm belonging to a man named Jefferson. After the conclusion of  the deal, Jefferson is killed and robbed of the proceeds of the sale by two henchmen of Hambler and Block, who also threatens to kill Mallory and Hasper  and to take over their farm. Mallory, who has since befriended Corra, Hambler’s younger sister, is warned of an attack is by Hambler’s henchmen. The two sides clash with the criminal and his men, Hasper is killed, while Mallory, badly wounded, is lovingly nursed back to health by Corra. Once well again, the gunman is reluctant to kill the brother of the woman he loves and to avenge the death of his friend: it becomes not necessary, however, because Hambler and Block, after a dispute arises between them, end up with killing each other.


When I was fortunate to interview Robert Woods in the spring of 1989 and mentioned “Mallory Must Not Die” he said he disliked the film very much which surprised me as I thought he did a nice job on the film. I contacted him again last week about any rememberance’s about the film and he replied. “I'm a bit mellower now, Tom and old enough to forget any animosity (and what I wandered into the kitchen for in the first place)... The main thing I remember (apart from Gabriella Georgelli) was that the horse they gave me for it was magnificent and spirited... A few years after this one, when I returned home and was visiting my parents in Boulder, Colorado, I walked into an import/export shop on the Pearl Street Mall and was flabbergasted to discover that the producer of 'Mallory' was the proprietor, he had immigrated to Boulder after the film, We did lunch, as they say, and talked about the film... I was a little embarrassed that I couldn't remember his name (still can't)... but mystified by the coincidence and happy to see him... To my recollection, we never spoke of Boulder when we were working together in Italy... It was weird... These things usually have some sort of deep meaning but if it did, I never figured it out...”



2 comments:

  1. Gabriella Giorgelli, magnífica......

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  2. Los ojos de Gabriella Giorgelli son vivacísimos, inquietos, maravillosos. Gabriella, además de ser una chica guapa es asimismo una actriz auténtica......

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