Monday, April 23, 2012

L'ultimo pistolero

L’ultimo pistolero – Italian working title
The Last of the Gunfighter – English working title

A 1967 Italian, Spanish  co-production [Crystal Films (Rome), Procensa Film (Madrid)]
Producer: Giorgio Cristallini, F.M. Topel (Federico M. Topel)
Director: George Warner (Giorgio Cristallini)
Story: F.M. Topel (Federico M. Topel)
Screenplay: Girogio Cristallini, F.M. Di Martino (Federico M. Topel)
Cinematography: Alejandro Ulloa [Eastmancolor, Techniscope]
Music: ?

Story: ?

Sal Mineo (Salvatore Mineo, Jr.), Hunt Powers (Jack Betts), Mita Medici (Patrizia Vistarini), Gina Rovere (Lugina Rovere), Perla Cristal (Perla Lijtik), Roberto Camardial (Roberto Escudero), Mark Fiorino (Maurizio Fiorini), Elvy Randi, Paolo Giusti

*According to an e-mail asking Jack Betts about the making of the film he replied, “What I remember about that film is that at the last minute, Sal had a film conflict and it was never finished. I think we shot a much as we could until Sal was to have arrived. Too bad, I was looking forward to working with him.” According to Sal Mineo: a Biography  (2010) by Michael Gregg Michaud we get a little different view as according to Michaud, Sal had signed a two picture deal with Federico Topel. Sal never received the upfront money promised and after numerous phone calls and wires Sal flew to Rome when Topal sent him a round-trip ticket. After three weeks and no written contract or money in the bank Sal returned to Los Angeles and the film had to be abandoned.

1 comment:

  1. Sal Mineo was murdered nine years after the unfinished film in February of 1976. He was 37 years old. His dying words were, "Oh my God, Oh my God, Help, Help!" He collapsed in front of his apartment complex and bled to death. Sal had been stabbed during an attempted robbery. He had just finished his play, "P.S., Your Cat Is Dead" at the time.