Sunday, April 10, 2011
Spaghetti Western Locations
Continuing with locations from “Once Upon a Time in the West”. After the confrontation at the Cattle Corner station the scene switches to the McBain ranch where food is being prepared and set out for a party. The large ranch house was designed and built by Carlo Simi. The logs used in the construction were the remains from the Orson Welles production of “Chimes at Midnight” (1965). The family scene is interrupted by shots and Brett, Maureen and Daniel McBain are murdered. A terrified Timmy McBain runs out the front door but is frozen in fear as five gunmen approach.
“What are we gonna do with this one, Frank?”
“Now that you’ve called me by name.”
Today the location is called “Western Leone” and is a tourist attraction. Buildings have been added to simulate a western town which ruins the atmosphere. The ranch house itself is a bar and is filled with western film photos (many American films which were never shot in Spain). “Western Leone” is north of Mini Hollywood on the same expressway. Look for the billboards and you won’t get lost. Exit the N-340 road between Almeria and Sorbas. Stunt shows are performed and you can stay as long as you want. Look to the north of the site and you’ll be able to see the remains of the El Condor fort lying in rubble about a half mile away.
For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi ‘Garringo’ Yasuda’s excellent website: http://garringo.cool.ne./jp