Friday, December 2, 2022

RIP James Ning


Film and TV actor James ‘Jimmy’ Ning died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 29, 2022, He was 87. Jimmy was born James Sing Ningkwo on August 31, 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri. James was married to Christine Robens Ning from 1984-2004. He was best known for his role as Duane Chow, an associate of Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut, in the hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’. Ning appeared as Mr. Shintai in two 2008 Euro-TV westerns: "Doc West" and "Triggerman" starring Terence Hill.

Once Cowboy, Twice Cowboy


Раз ковбой, два ковбой – Russian title

Raz kovboy, dva kovboy – Russian title

Once Cowboy, Twice Cowboy – English title


A 1981 Russian animated short film production [Ekran (Moscow)]

Producer: L. Varentsova (Lidiya Varentsova)

Director: Anatoliy Reznikov

Story: Arkadiy Khayt

Screenplay: Arkadiy Khayt

Cinematography: Ernst Gaman [color]

Music: Boris Savelyev

Running time: 10 minutes



Andrey Mironov (Andrei Menaker) [voice]

Story: A bandit wearing a black mask, having shot the train, takes a bag of gold coins from the post car and hides on his horse. The bandit takes refuge in the ranch, driving out the farmer and his cow. The farmer and the cow leave for the nearest town. In the saloon, the farmer sees an announcement of a reward of one thousand coins for catching a bandit in a black mask. Then he tells local cowboys where the bandit is hiding. Cowboys go to catch a bandit, but they return back all wounded.


Special Birthdays

 Leo Gordon (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2000.

Jimmy Sangster (screenwriter) would have been 95 today but died in 2011.

Giorgio Bonelli (screenwriter) would have been 90 today but died in 2011.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

RIP Mylène Demongeot

French actress Mylène Demongeot died in Paris, France on December 1, 2022, after a recurrence of her ongoing battle with primary peritoneal carcinoma which was diagnosed in early October. She was 87. Born Marie-Hélène Demongeot on September 29, 1935, she spent her childhood in Nice, before moving to Paris with her family at the age of 13. A fan of the piano, she finally turned to cinema in 1953. Also a model, she posed for photographer Henry Coste with whom she fell in love. At the age of 21, she was spotted by director Raymond Rouleau for the role of Abigail in the film “The Witches of Salem”. She married Henry Coste in 1958, before divorcing in 1968. She was often compared to Brigitte Bardot because of their blondness, Mylène Demongeot decided to turn to foreign cinema. She became particularly famous in Italy in 1959 with “The Battle of Marathon”, as well as in Bolignini's “The Boys”. During her career, Mylène Demongeot played opposite such big names in cinema as Jean Marais in “Fantomas”, Yves Montand, Roger Moore, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gérard Depardieu and Dirk Bogarde. Demongeot appeared in two Euro-westerns: 1961’s “The Singer Not the Song” opposite Dirk Bogarde and John Mills and the 1885 TV series ‘The Adventures of Smoke Bellew’.

Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “Heroes of the West”

 As we know most of the Euro-westerns were co-productions from Italy, Spain, Germany and France which incorporated British and American actors to gain a worldwide audience. The films were shot silent and then dubbed into the various languages where they were sold for distribution. That means Italian, Spanish, German, French and English voice actors were hired to dub the films. Even actors from the countries where the film was to be shown were often dubbed by voice actors for various reasons such as the actors were already busy making another film, they wanted to be paid additional salaries for dubbing their voices, the actor’s voice didn’t fit the character they were playing, accidents to the actors and in some cases even death before the film could be dubbed.

I’ll list a Euro-western and the (I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German and (F) French, (E) English voices that I can find and once in a while a bio on a specific voice actor as in Europe these actors are as well-known as the actors they voiced.

Today we’ll cover “Heroes of the West”

[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Mike – Walter Chiari (S) Felix Acaso

Colorado – Raimondo Vianello (S) Eduardo Calvo

Margaret – Silvia Solar (S) Carmen Morando

Barbara – Diana Lorys (S) Mercedes Mireya

Felix Acaso  (1919 – 2007)

Felix Acaso was born in Madrid, Spain on August 18, 1919. In 1946 he decided to leave his job in a bank to devote himself to voice dubbing. Advised by Fernando Rey, he was subjected to a test in the studios of Fono España, owned by the Italian Hugo Donarelli, a test that, despite the difficulty and his inexperience, he overcame. From that year until his retirement in 2000 (with the hiatus of a long stay in Mexico between 1949 and 1954), he lent his voice to all the important actors of the golden age of Hollywood. Some of the actors he dubbed were Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Chaplin, Joseph Cotten, Robert Culp, John Gielgud, Stewart Granger, Rock Hudson, Karl Malden, David Niven, Tyrone Power, James Stewart and Max von Sydow . It is almost impossible to list all the actors he dubbed, since he dubbed all of the "stars" of classic cinema, except Clark Gable.

In 1954, he formed the studio of Fono España and became a dubbing director which he would follow for decades until his death on July 11, 2007, in Madrid a month short of his 88th birthday.

Special Birthdays

 Paul Picerni (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2011.

Roland von Rainals (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 1996.

Riz Ahmed (actor) is 40 today.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Spaghetti Western location – “Once Upon a Time in the West”

 The Flagstone saloon located in La Calahorra, Granada, Spain.was designed and constructed under the direction of Carlo Simi. As show below it was first used in Sergio Leone’s 1968 “Once Upon a Time in the West."

In 1973 Leone revisited the site and used the same saloon in “My Name is Nobody”.