Thursday, August 2, 2012


Potato Fritz – German title
Zwei gegen Tod und Teufel – German title
Massacre em Condor Pass – Brazilian title
Massacre en Condor Pass – French title
Ta katharmata tis megalis sfagis – Greek title
Massacre a Condor Pass – Italian title
Syv kors i Montana – Norwegian title
Proschyot leitenant Sleida – Russian title
Montanafällan – Swedish title
Klopka u Montani – Yugoslavian title
Montana Trap – English title

A 1975 West German production [Schamoni Eucent (Munich)]
Producer: Peter Schamoni
Director: Peter Schamoni
Story: Paul Hengge
Screenplays: Paul Hengge
Cinematography: Jost Vacano, Wolf Wirth (Wolfgang Wirth) [Technicolor]
Music: Udo Jürgens (Udo Bockelmann), Anton Dvořák
Song: “He’s a Friend of Mine (The Ballad of Potato Fritz)” sung by David Hess
Running time: 96 minutes

Potato Fritz/Captain Henry Ebedard Jansen – Hardy Krüger (Franz Krüger)
Bill Ardisson – Stephen Boyd (William Millar)
James Wesley – Arthur Brauss (Artur Brauss)
Martin Ross – Frederick Ledebur (Friedrich von Ledebur-Wicheln)
Sergeant Stark – Paul Breitner
Martha Comstock – Diana Körner
Jane Antrim – Christiane Gött
Lisutenant Slade – Anton Diffring (Alfred Pollack)
Reverend Cavenham – Peter Schamoni
Smoothie Nestler – Dan van Husen
Sleeve – David Hess
Soldier – Pit Schröder
Miner - Rainer Basedow
Bear cub – Henry
With: Luis Barboo, Heinrich Starhemberg (Heinrich von Starhmeberg), Malachy McCourt, Helmet Brasch, Carl Rapp, Bob Simmons (Robert Simmons), Eva Bergamanova, Meg Clancy, Francesca Kruger (Francesca Marazzi), Gonzalo Cañas, Robert Chase, Raúl Castro, Jesus Fernández (Jesus Martinez), Jorge Gleser, Juan José Maján, Vidal Molina (Mariano Molina), Desmond Thompson, David Thompson (David Thomson), Fernando Villena

Potato Fritz and his friends have moved from Germany to the American Wild West in 1850, settling eventually in the Rocky Mountains. They are besieged by what appear to them to be hostile Native Americans. Before too long, it becomes clear that the hostiles are in fact a gang of gold thieves. Fritz and his friends then set out with the help of soldiers from nearby Fort Lane to put an end to the organized gangsters.

[Asked about his remembrances of the film my friend Dan van Husen replied, “The director Peter Schamoni asked me to drive his new big BMW limo to Madrid and after 6 weeks to drive it back again. I really enjoyed that, I love big cars. We all went to the football games at the Real Madrid stadium as Paul Breitner was one of our guest stars, was a great footballer (soccer player). Stephen Boyd did not look well, David Hess, Arthur Brauss, Anton Diffring and I had a good time.”]

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