Thursday, July 9, 2020

Spaghetti Western Location ~ Uceda, Spain

Ucceda is a small town in the province of Guadalajara, whose territory is separated from that of Torremocha (in the province of Madrid) by the Rio Jarama. Between the river and the barren and steep hills that extend to the south there is a farm, called Finca El Soto, in which some westerns ere filme, for which a ranch was also built, which included five buildings, among which a two-story ranch house and stable with a high pitched roof, very similar to that of Triple X Ranch in Jackson Hole (Wyoming), used as a set in the film Jubal, 1956 and in some other westerns. The Finca El Soto farm is still active today: but the sets have disappeared.

It was seen in “Minnesota Clay” (1964) (as Antonio Casa's ranch); “Adios Gringo” (1965); “Hands of a Gunman” (1965); “$100,000 for Lassiter” (1966); “Son of Jesse James” (1965) (where it represents the Double Horse Ranch, owned by Dorothy / Mercedes Alonso, which has a central role in the story); “Django” (1966) (as the base  campo for the Mexican bandits in the night scene); “Navajo Joe” (1966); “Savage Gringo” (1966) (where it plays a large role in the film); :The Relentless Four” (1966); “Face to Face” (1967) (as Lydia Alfonsi's farm).

“Minnesota Clay” (1964)

“Hands of a Gunman” (1965)

“Django” (1966)

“Navajo Joe” (1966)

“Face to Face” (1967)

Special Birthdays

Hesperia (actress) would have been 140 today, he died in 1959.

Sheldon Lawrence (actor) is 95 today.

Jacques Bezard (actor) would have been 80 today, he diad in 2004.

Reginald Samsø (actor) would have been 85 today, he died in 1998.
Mercedes Alonso (actress) – is 80 today.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Who Are Those Gals ~ Joan Collins

Joan Henrietta Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England and brought up in Maida Vale, the daughter of Elsa Collins (née Bessant, 1906–1962), a dance teacher, and South Africa native Joseph William Collins (1902–1988), a talent agent whose clients would later include Shirley Bassey, the Beatles and Tom Jones. She had two younger siblings, Jackie (1937–2015), a novelist, and Bill, a property agent. She was educated at the Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in London.

She made her stage debut in the Henrik Ibsen play A Doll's House at the age of nine, and at the age of sixteen trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. At the age of 17, Collins was signed to the Rank Organisation, a British film studio.

She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and entered British films in 1951. With 1954's Our Girl Friday she joined the stable of beautiful young starlets at Rank studios. In 1955 she went to Hollywood with a contract to 20th Century Fox. A selection of largely forgettable roles followed, as the Londoner becoming better known for her roster of high-profile boyfriends, which included James Dean, hotel heir Nicky Hilton, Ryan O'Neal, Harry Belafonte and her former fiancée Warren Beatty, than for her acting repertoire.In 1981, she landed the role of Alexis Carrington, the vengeful and scheming ex-wife of John Forsythe's character, in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty, which made her an international superstar and brought her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1982. In 2015, Collins was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity.

She is still working hard on both stage and screen, has a second career as a novelist and in 1998 became a grandmother. Joan being Joan, however, refuses to be known as "Granny", and her granddaughter Miel calls her "DoDo" instead.

COLLINS, Joan (Joan Henrietta Collins) [5/23/1933, Paddington, London, England, U.K. -     ] – producer, theater, film, TV actress, singer, sister of producer, writer, actress Jackie Collins (Jacqueline Jill Collins) [1937–2015], married to actor Maxwell Reed [1919–1974] (1952-1957), producer, director, writer, composer, singer, actor Anthony Newley (George Anthony Newley) [1931–1999] (1963-1971) mother of writer, actress Tara Newley Arkle (Tara Cynara Newley) [1963-    ], actor  Alexander Newley (Alexander Anthony 'Sacha' Newley) [1965-    ], married to producer Ronald S. Kass (Ronald Stanley Kass) [1935–1986] (1972–1984) mother of actress Katyana Kass (Kennedy "Katy" Kass) [1972-    ], married to producer, actor Peter Holm [1947-
    ] (1985-1987), married to producer Percy Gibson [1965-    ] (2002-    ), awarded an OBE [1997].
The Great Adventure – 1974 (Miss Sonia Kendall)

Special Birthdays

Danny Gürtler (actor) would have been 145 today, he died in 1917.

Hans Elwenspoeck (actor) would have been 110 today, he died in 1989.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Ennio pens his own obituary

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Sartana Kills Them All”

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 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 “Sartana Kills Them All”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Sartana/Santana – Gianni Garko (S) José Guardiola, (G) Rainer Brandt
Marcos – Guglielmo Spoletini (S) Vicente Bañó, (G) Wolfgang Kieling
Maria Anderson – Maria Silva (S) Celia Honrubia, (G) Beate Hasenau
Richard Kirby – Andrés Mejuto (S) Estanis González (G) Martin Hirthe
Fred Burton – Raf Baldassare (S)  Fernando Mateo (G) Christian Rode
Adam Kirby – Charly Bravo (S) Ernesto Aura (G) ?
Donald Kirby – Carlos Romero Marchent (S) Carlos Romero Marchent (G) Arne Elsholtz

Estanis González (1925 – 1992)

Estanislao González León was born in Madrid, Spain on May 8, 1925. He began his career working for Radio Barcelona where he was co-host of the morning program Musica para el aperitivo. He then went to appear on Radio Nacional de Barcelona on which he played the role of Mieh Yang in the serial La mano moan de Dios.

He then became a theater actor in 1964 in the play Reinar After Dying with Alejandro Ulloa’s Company. His theater career flourished. Then in 1955 he moved into films with El Ceniciento, written and starring Miguel Gila. He participated in six films in five years. In 1960 he left films for television and theater. Starting in 1953 he became a voice actor in secondary roles for the next ten years. 

Special Birthdays

Ringo Starr (actor) is 80 today.

Vaughn Armstrong (actor) is 70 today.