Sunday, January 23, 2011

$5,000 ON ONE ACE

Cinquemilla dollari sull’asso - Italian title
5.000 dollari sull’asso - Italian title
Los pistoleros de Arizona - Spanish title
El rancho de los implacables - Spanish title
Die Gejagten der Sierra Nevada - German title
Ruudinsavun sankarit - Finnish title
5000 dollars sur l’as - French title
5000 dollari aston asso - Greek title
5.000 dollar på ett äss – Swedish title
$5,000 on One Ace - English title

A 1964 Spanish, Italian, West German co-production [Blacazar P.C. (Barcelona), Fida Cinematografica (Rome), International Germania Film (Cologne)]
Producers: Alfonso Balcazar (Alfonso Granda), Edmondo Amati
Director: Al Bagran (Alfonso Granda)
Story: Helmut Harum
Screenplay: José Antonio de la Loma (José Hernandez), Alfonso Balcazar (Alfonso Granda), Sandro Continenza (Alessandro Continenza)
Cinematography: Carlo Carlini, Roberto Reale, Christian Matras (Jean Matras) [Eastmancolor, Techniscope]
Music: A.F. Lavagnino (Angelo Francesco Lavagnino)
Songs: “A Gambling Man” sung by Don Powell
“Die Gejagten der Sierra Nevada” sung by Ralf Paulsen
“Kein Gold am Blue River” sung by Ronny (Wolfgang Roloff)
Running time: 95 minutes

Jeff Clayton - Robert Wood (Robert Woods)
Juan Carrancho - Fernando Sancho (Fernando Les)
Helen Greenwood - Maria Sevalt (Maria Sebalt)
David - Jack Stewart (Giacomo Rossi Stuart)
Jimmy Black/Burke - Helmut Schmidt
Attorney Dundee - Richard Häussler
Judge Keystone - Hans Nielsen
Dingus - Antonio Molino Rojo
Jack - Norman Preston (Nino Persello)
Cray - Paco Sanz (Francisco Sanz)
Don - Miguel de la Riva
Glenn - César Ojinaga
Black/Burke henchman - Alberto Gadea
saloon girl - Barbara Frey (Barbara Freyd)
shopkeeper - Rafael Anglada
with: Jaime Avellán, Fernando Rubio, Pedro Gil, Alberto Gadea, Carlos Hurtado, Juan Torres, Francisco Garcia, José Castellví

Jeff Clayton wins $5,000 and a ranch in a poker game, half of which belongs to the brother and sister David and Helen. He’s robbed of the money by a Mexican bandit named Carrancho. They see the intrusion as hostile and they try to challenge the validity of Jeff’s claim by call in a lawyer named Dundee. He, in fact, intends to seize the property, with the help of a group of outlaws led by Jimmy Black. Pursuing his goal, Dundee makes sure that David is accused of the murder of the former banker of the city, but has actually been killed by Jimmy’s henchmen. The young man is taken away to be hanged but the intervention of Jeff, who, thanks to the testimony of his friend, David, and proves Jimmy’s innocence. The clash between Jeff and the outlaws is inevitable, but Jeff with the help of Carrancho, who turns out not to be such a bad guy after all, emerges victorious and in time exposes to all that Helen is in love with the wicked and deceitful Dundee, who is killed in dramatic fashion. Finally liberated from the dishonest and ambitious Dundee, Jeff comes into possession of the ranch by marrying Helen.


  1. "Für 1.000 Dollar pro Tag" is a misinformation by Dizionario del Cinema Italiano. It's the German title fpr Silvio Amadio's ''Per mille dollari al giorno''.

  2. Another favorite of mine from the early days of the Spaghetti Western.
    The first time I saw it, I didn't think it was all that great; but, it gets better with each viewing.