Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Rake's Romance

A Rake’s Romance – U.K. title

A 1909 British production [Cricks and Martin (London)]
Producer: George Howard Cricks, John Howard Martin
Director: A.E Colby
Story: ?
Screenplay: ?
Cinematography: [black & white]
Running time: ?

Edwin J. Collins, A.E. Colby, David Aylott

Story: A miner stabs his partner for ownership of a goldmine and is in turn killed by an Indian.

[Thanks to Mike Ferguson for the additional information on producers George Howard Cricks, John Howard Martin.]

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Spaghetti Western style short film “Malaria” tells motion comics to step up their game.

Written by RoboPanda

Any time you can combine Spaghetti Western sensibility with graphic novelization and the Grim Reaper — and you can keep the whole thing under six minutes — I’m totally there. Edson Oda and friends accomplished this with “Malaria”, a short film about a hitman hired to kill Death to save a little girl from malaria. Oda combined Origami, Kirigami, Time lapse, nankin illustration, props, comics, Western movie tropes, and even fire into one seemingly-continuous shot that feels like an animated motion comic while being much more enthralling because the pages are real and the artists’ hands can be seen.

It also helps that the voice acting by Antonio Moreno and Rodrigo Araujo is excellent, as are the illustrations by João Pinheiro.

Edson Oda made Malaria to submit to the Django Unchained Emerging Artist contest, but he missed the deadline. He still wins if you ask us.


Malaria – International title

A 2013 Brazilian production
Producer: Edson Oda, Sergio Prado, Alexandre Tommasi
Director: Edson Oda
Story: Edson Oda
Screenplay: Edson Oda
Cinematography: Sergio Prado
Music: Tiago Gamke, Rodrigo Meszaros, Christopher Scullion
Running time: 6 minutes

Morte - Antonio  Moreno
Fabiano – Rodrigo Araujo

 Malaria, tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death.

Happy 75th Birthday Ugo Fangareggi

Ugo Fangareggi was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy on January 30, 1928. He has appeared in over 80 films as a character actor using his real name and also aliases such as Fangar Hugh-Smith, Ugo Mudd, and William Spofford. Fangareggi has appeared in over 80 films and TV series. Among which were seven Euro-westerns including “The Last Gun” (1964) with Cameron Mitchell, “A Bullet for a Stranger” (1971) and “Massacre at Fort Holman” (1972) with James Coburn and Telly Savalas.

In the late 1990s he wrote articles for the newspaper Mondo Sabino.

One his best remembered roles was as Vetturino in “Cugino & Cugino” (2010). In 2007, he also worked with Fabrizio Bentivoglio appearing in the film “Lascia perdere, Johnny!” where he played the part of Peter Tagnin. He starred in the 2010 TV miniseries for BBC ONE ‘The Lord of the Scam’ with Gigi Proietti in the role of Osvaldo Franzoso, the caretaker of the building.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New DVD Release

The Tramplers

Director: Albert Band
Starring: Joseph Cotton, Gordon Scott, James Mitchum
Label: Wild East - Spaghetti Western Collection Volume 44
Region 0 - NTSC
Extras: Photo Gallery
Release date: January 29, 2013


Un dólar para Sartana – Spanish title
Manos arriba, cadaver, estas detenido – Spanish title
Su le mani, cadaver! Sei in arrest – Italian title
Haenderne op doed mand! – Danish title
Sta of il schiet – Dutch title
Ça va chauffer, Sartana revient! – French title
Sando Kid spricht das letzte Halleluia – German title
Kitt, o vingador – Portuguese title
Raise Your Hands Dead Man, You’re Under Arrest – English title

A 1971 Spanish, Italian co-production [Dauro Films (Madrid)]
Producer: Espartaco Santoni
Director: León Klimovsky, Sergio Bergonzelli
Story: Jose Maria Elorrieta, Enrico Zuccarini
Screenplay: Jose Maria Elorrieta, José Luis Navarro, Enrico Zuccarini
Cinematography: Tonino Maccoppi (Antonio Maccoppi) [Eastmancolor, widescreen]
Music: Alessandro Alessandroni
Song: “Free as a Bird” sung by I Cantori Moderni
Running time: 94 minutes

Sando Kid/Kid Johnson – Peter Lee Lawrence (Karl Hirenbach)
Mancino/Dollar – Espartaco Santoni
Maybelle/Mabel – Helga Liné (Helga Stern)
Padre ‘Bamba’ Brown – Franco Agostini
Lee Grayson – Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell)
Mrs. Elizabeth Carson – Aurora de Alba
Arthur Carson – Tomás Blanco (Tomás Garcia)
Spiro/Angel – José Canalejas
Ballor – Lorenzo Robledo
J. Mac/The Scared – Luis Barboo
Ranger Captain – Alfonso de la Vega
Dora/Leonor Carson – Mary Zan (Maria Zanandrea)
Grayson henchman – Simón Arriaga
Sheriff – Antonio Cintado
Banker – Ramón Fernández Tejela (Jorge Tejela)
With: Giovanni Santoponte, Rafael Corés, Rafael de la Rosa, Jorge Tejela, Leon Klimovsky

A Texas Ranger ‘The Sando Kid’, disguised as a perfume salesman, is sent to clean up the town of Springfield, where the town boss Grayson a former Northern Army Captain is forcing ranchers to sell their land cheap so he can buy it and sell it to the approaching railroad. The Ranger eliminates the Grayson and his gang of thugs and ends up marrying Eleanor, the daughter of one of the ranchers.