Monday, July 22, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Gino Cagna

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Eugenio ‘Gino’ Cagna was born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He was a member of the cover band of Crosby, Stills & Nash called Old Tennis Shoes which were composed of Cagna on guitar, Bruno Zanotto, Mike, Alberto Rossotto and Mike Bongiorno, which performed at the Black Sun in San Pietro Val Lemina.

He later co-founded Klinmak floor scrubbers. Today Gino lives in Castellinaldo, Piedmont, Italy.

Gino appeared in one film which was a Spaghetti western “...e alla fine lo chiamarono Jerusalem l'implacabile” (Panhandle Caliber .38) – 1971 where he plays a priest.

CAGNA, Gino (Eugenio Cagna) [19??, Turin, Piedmont, Italy -     ] – film actor, singer, musician, member of the band “Old Tennis Shoes”, co-founded Klinmak floor scrubbers.

Panhandle Caliber .38 – 1971 (priest)

Spaghetti Western Locations Then and Now – “Once Upon a Time in the West”

In 1968’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” Jill and her hired driver Sam stop at a wayside station on the way to the Sweetwater Ranch. The ranch was built by Carlo Simi and his crew in Monument Valley.

Today little is left of the location except for some remains of the hitching posts and foundation blocks. The cement blocks were the same type as I saw when I visited Spain and the Leone location of Flagstone, Arizona. This location is not on any of the tourist trails and only a few of the guides know where it is located. The road seen in the photo is actually a dry wash.

European Western Comic Books – Big Davy


Big Davy

This Western comic book series is based on the figure of Davy Crockett. Due to the simultaneous publication of the Davy Crockett series in the Belle Avventure series by Edizioni Alpe, the Publisher changes the title of the magazine to Big Davy. Texts were by Gian Luigi Bonelli; drawings and covers were by Renzo Calegari. The appendix presents some stories previously published by the same publisher: “The Traitor” by Mario Faustinelli and Hugo Pratt (# 1/15), “Il prof. Distrattoni” by Guido Da Passano (#15) and “Gli adoratori del Diavolo” by Gian Luigi Bonelli and Enrico Bagnoli (# 16/21).

The comic book was in Milan, Italy by SBE.Audace from June 16, 1957 to November 3, 1957 under the direction of Tea Bonelli


01 (16.06.57) - “Il segno del corvo” (The Sign of the Raven)

02 (23.06.57) - “Occhio perduto” (Lost Eye)

03 (30.06.57) - “I volontari della morte” (The Volunteers of Death)

04 (07.07.57) - “Disperata difesa” (Desperate Defense)

05 (14.07.57) - “Pioggia di fuoco” (Rain of Fire)

06 (21.07.57) - “Agguato sul fiume” (Ambush on the River)

07 (28.07.57) - “Sulle tracce dei rinnegati” (On the Trail of the Renegades)

08 (04.08.57) - “Verso il palo di tortura” (Towards the Torture Stake)

09 (11.08.57) - “La sfida di Falco Nero” (The Challenge of Black Hawk)

10 (18.08.57) - “Attacco notturno” (Night Attack)

11 (25.08.57) - “I razziatori” (The Raiders)

12 (01.09.57) - “Ignobile mercato” (Ignoble Market)

13 (08.09.57) - “Il canyon degli agguati” (Ambush Canyon)

14 (15.09.57) - “Sulle tracce dei rapitori” (On the Trail of the Kidnappers)

15 (22.09.57) - “Una fiesta interrotta” (An Interrupted Fiesta)

16 (29.09.57) - “Un incontro imprevisto” (An Unexpected Meeting)

17 (06.10.57) - “Sangue sulla prateria” (Blood on the Prairie)

18 (13.10.57) - “Attacco a Palo Blanco” (Attack on Palo Blanco)

19 (20.10.57) - “La danza della scure” (The Dance of the Axe)

20 (27.10.57) - “Tragica beffa” (Tragic Hoax)

21 (03.11.57) - “Morte all’alba” (Death at Dawn)

Sunday, July 21, 2024

From the WAI! vault


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Jack Caffrey

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

John Joseph ‘Jack’ Caffrey was born in Huntington, New York in March of 1935. He went to Huntington High School and then attended C.W. Post. 

Jack moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1980. He had been a Marine constable in Huntington, New York and an actor appearing in “Little Abner”, “Anything Goes”, “Oklahoma” and “Guys and Dolls”. In Santa Fe he continued acting in the Santa Fe Community Theater’s presentations of “Cake”, “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Oh, What a Lovely War”. He also appeared in several films and TV series including “Time Rider” and “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez”, “Lonesome Dove”, “Return to Lonesome Dove”, “Lust in the Dust”, “Desperado” and “Silverado”.

When not acting Jack ran the tasting room at the Santa Fe Vineyards at Arroyo Seco.

Jack appeared in the ‘Lucky Luke’ TV series as Bowler in 1990 and the film of the same name as the same character. He later appeared as the judge in 1994’s “Botte di Natale” (Troublemakers).

CAFFREY, Jack (John Joseph Caffrey) [3/?/1935, Huntington, New York, U.S.A. -     ] – producer, director, writer, stuntman, film, TV actor, married to producer, director, writer, dancer Karen Kim Caffrey [1939-    ] (2015-    ), father of Kimmey L. Caffrey [1962-    ], stuntman Shawn R. Caffrey [1968-    ].

Lucky Luke (TV) – 1990 (Bowler)

Lucky Luke – 1991 (Bowler)

Troublemakers – 1994 (judge)

New German Blu-ray/DVD combo release of “Django - Die Nacht der langen Messer”


“Django - Die Nacht der langen Messer”

(The Unholy Four)



Director: Enzo Barboni

Starring: Leonard Mann, Woody Strode, Peter Martell, George Eastman


Country: Germany

Label: DigiDreams / Astro

BluRay/DVD combo, double-sided poster, three picture cards, booklet

Limited Mediabook in 8 cover options (limited to 111 copies, two of them without "Django" in the title limited to 66 copies)

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16:9)

Languages: Dolby Digital 2.0 German, Italian

Subtitles: none

Running time: 94 minutes

Extras: German trailer, picture gallery, several artwork galleries, Super-8 versions

Available: July 12, 2024

Who Are Those Singers & Musicians? ~ Olivier Milchberg


Olivier Milchberg was born in Paris, November 7th, 1963. He studied piano and guitar, both classical and jazz for 10 years. At 19, he joined the group ‘Los Incas’, founded by his father Jorge Milchberg [1928-2022]. He began as a guitarist, then continued as flute solo.

The international tours and multiple recordings with Los Incas gave him a much experience as a poly-instrumentalist.

He founded Muance Productions in 1988, both as a recording studio and for production of traditional music.

He shares his time between concerts, composition, artistic direction and as producer. From 1998 on, he developed a passion for oriental music. In 1999 he joins the group "Pêcheurs de Perles" as a performer and artistic director, with many international tours and the recording of 3 cds. In 2008 he is hired by Cirque du Soleil to take part of the new show "Zaia" in Macau, China, where he lives for 4 years.

This approach brought him to play numerous instruments traditional or ethnic, like bouzouki (metal strings), Kaval (bulgarian flute), percussions.

His musical research is more than all based on music with soul and roots, in which his inspiration comes for the development of his personal expression.

MILCHBERG, Olivier [11/7/1963, Paris, Île-de-France, France -    ] – composer, musician (bouzouki), son of composer, musician Jorge Milchberg [1928-2022] member of the group “Los Incas”, "Pêcheurs de Perles", founded the music production company Muance Productions [1988] ‘Musavida’.

Blackthorn – 2010 [bouzouki]