Wednesday, September 22, 2021

RIP Melvyn Van Peebles

Filmmaker Melvyn Van Peebles died in his Manhattan, New York home on September 22, 2021. He was 89. The father of actor, director Mario Van Peebles was born in Chicago, Illinois August 21, 1932. melvyn was an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer. He was most well-known for creating and starring in the film “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song”. Melvyn appeared in the Euro-western “Posse” (1993) as Poppa Joe. The film starred his son Mario and a number of Black rap artists and actors.

RIP Luis Gaspar


RIP Luis Gaspar. Spanish actor, writer, died in Madrid, Spain on September 21, 2021. He was 88. Gaspar appeared in some 1,500 supporting roles in films, TV and the theater but is most memorable to a scene often cut from Lee Van Cleef’s “The Big Gundown” (1966). Three outlaws are scene making their way through a mountain forest and when they reach the top they think they have met their guide Gulick but it’s lawman, bCCounty hunter Jonathan Caorbett who awaits. Corbett, an honorable and fair man offers the three outlaws a chance to escape if they beat him to the draw in a duel. He puts three bullets on a log in front of the men and each one makes the decision to load his gun and try and outdraw Corbett. Two instantly draw and are slain but the third, the youngest of the bunch surrenders and as Corbett examine the dead outlaws young John O’Leary tries to shoot him in the back. Corbett knows this trick and is ready and shoots and kills his would be slayer. O’Leary is played by Gaspar. Luis Gaspar Cortina was born in Burgos, Spain on November 6, 1933 and appeared in five other Euro-westerns: “Dollars for a Fast Gun” in 1965 as Todd Martin; “A Stranger in Paso Bravo” (1966) as the bartender;  “Two Crosses at Danger Pass” (1967) as Mark/Marty/Matt), “Zorro the Lawman” (1969) and “The Black Wolf” (1980) as Ernesto.

1st Day of Autumn 2021


Obscure unmade film ~ “They Called Him Pecos Bill”





Variety Magazine


Roger Film produced a western entitled “Lo chiamavano… Pecos Bill” (They Called Him Pecos Bill”) in 1972, directed by Morris Morgan an alias for sure.

The cast consisted of all aliases so who the real actors were is unknown. Gordon Steele, Blondie Baker, Lora Sidney and Mils Manson.


Sent it by Michael Ferguson.

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Darry Cowl


André Darricau as born in Vittel, Vosges, Lorraine, France on August 27, 1925. Usng the stage name Darry Cowl, he came to prominence when he was cast by Sacha Guitry in “Assassins et voleurs” (1956) (Assassins and Robbers). Following this he turned to acting in cinema roles and soon gained celebrity status with his role as Antoine Péralou in “Le Triporteur” (1957) (The Tricycle).

A game addict, he often acted only for money in films that did not stretch his acting ability. He explained this by noting he did not read the script (or, on occasion, know the title) of the work in which he was to act.

He played Major Archibald in the 1974 film Don't Touch the White Woman!.

He had hoped to return to theatre acting in “Hold Up” in September 2005 but ill-health prevented this. At age 80, he died in Neuilly-sur-Seine from complications of lung cancer.

COWL, Darry (aka Darryl Cowl, Darry-Cowl) (André Darricau) [8/27/1925, Vittel, Vosges, Lorraine, France – 2/14/2006, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Ile-de-France, France (lung cancer)] – director, writer, composer, musician, film, TV actor, married to conductor Nelly Marcon (1948-1965), married to actress Rolande Kalis (Rolande Mary-Anne Cahen) [1932-    ] (1965-2006).

The Magnificent Brutes of the West – 1964 (Tom Callahan/Jackson)

Don’t Touch the White Woman! – 1973 (Major Archibald)

Lucky Luke and the Daltons - 2004 (Le Vieil Homme)