Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Film Guild - Red Westerns May 17

Fri 17th May 2013 10:00 to 18:00

FilmGuild - Filmhouse Edinburgh

Organised by Prof. Dina Iordanova, Dr Dennis Hanlon and Dr Jonathan Owen

In the 1960s the Western genre, then waning in its native Hollywood, took root in many European countries. Though Italy's Spaghetti Westerns indeed remain the best-known result of this transposition, the genre also crossed political lines into Communist Eastern Europe. A highly diverse raft of state-socialist Westerns emerged that twist the genre's familiar tropes in accord with local culture and history, not to mention the ideological demands of the Cold War.

These 'Red Westerns' sometimes play as uproarious parodies of the genre and sometimes as sincere examples of it; they sometimes adapt Western narratives to local histories and settings, and sometimes fabricate an American West with the help of lookalike European locations. If, say, Yugoslavia's 'Gibanica' Westerns spin genre thrills out of that country's wartime Partisan struggles, then East Germany's Indianerfilme take place in a recognisable 'West' - albeit a radically reimagined one where the Indians are good and the American settlers bad.

Our one-day symposium will chart this fascinating episode in European popular cinema and address such questions as where these films stand in the history of the Western: how might they connect to post-classical, revisionist, demystifying modes of the genre as embodied by Peckinpah or Leone?  This topic also enables us to explore broader, marginalised realities of Eastern Bloc film. With their Hollywood borrowings and frequent dependence on co-production, these films reveal the centrality of the transnational to this region's cinema. Their often Bloc-busting commercial success further affords consideration of popular pleasures in the people's democracies.

Venue: Filmhouse Film Guild

This is a free event; no registration is required

9:30 - 10.00 Welcome and Opening Comments

10:00-12:00: PANEL 1 - Westerns Around the Bloc
Jonathan Owen : Czech Westerns
Sonja Simonyi : Hungarian Westerns
Dennis Hanlon : Latin American Westerns

12:00-13:00: Lunch Break

13:00-15:00: Screenings: Short Films and Apaches (Apachen, 1973, Gottfried Kolditz)

15:00-15:30: Coffee Break

15:30-17:30: PANEL 2 - East German Westerns
Tim Bergfelder
Evan Torner
Dina Iordanova

17:30-18:00: Close / Discussion

Happy 80th Birthday Adriana Asti

Adelaide Aste was born on April 30, 1933 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. In the 1950s she broke into the film industry as a voice actress. Among her voice overs were Anna Maria Alberghetti, Claudia Cardinale and Lea Massari. As Adriana Asti, her first film appearance was in the 1958 film “Città di note” directed by Leopoldo Trieste. Still active today she has appeared in over 70 film and TV appearances, her latest film being “Unforgiveable” in 2011. Aste was married at one time to director Bernardo Bertolucci and has been married to director Giorgio Ferrara since 1980. Aste’s only Euro-western was as Aunt Carmen in the 1974 film “Zorro” starring Alain Delon. Today we celebrate Adriana Ast’s 80th birthday.

Remembering Peter Carsten

Born Günter Ramsenthaler on April 30, 1928 in Edelsfiedl- Weißenberg, Bavaria, Germany, we know him as actor Peter Carsten. Carsten took on his first role at the youth theatre in Hannover in 1948. He attained fame with his appearance in "08/15". He would go on to appear in over 100 films in various genres, including "Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam" (The Devil Strikes at Night) (1957) directed by Robert Siodmak.

In 1957, Carstenn also appeared beside Marcello Mastroianni in "La ragazza della salina" (Sand, Love and Salt) by Czech-born director František Čap, which was filmed at the Sečovlje salt-pans and in Piran.

In the 1970s, he moved to Yugoslavia, where he was cast in many films and TV productions, including the "Partizani" (Partisans) (1974) and "Povratak odpisanih" (The Written-Off Return) TV series (1976) and the film "Pakleni otok" (Hell's Island) (1979). Carsten appeared in three Euro-westerns: “My Name is Pecos” (1966), “And God Said to Cain” (1969) and “Where the Bullets Fly” (1972).

After Peter retired he lived in the seaside town of Lucija, Piran, Slovenia where he died on April 20, 2012.

Today we remember Peter Carsten on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Monday, April 29, 2013

RIP Lola Cervantes

Voice actress Lola Cervantes died in Madrid, Spain on April 27, 2013. She was 91 years old. Born María Dolores Cervantes Ruescas in Spain in 1922, Cervantes career began on Madrid Radio in 1946 and she did much dubbing between 1940 and 1950 in Madrid, especially at Chamartín Studio. According to the magazine Radiocinema, #242 of March 12, 1955, Lola had dubbed to date: Ann Blyth, Betty Grable, Susan Hayward, Norma Shearer, Diana Durbin, Gina Lollabrigida, Silvana Pampanini, Brbara Stanwyck, Maureen O’Hara, Jean Peters, Merle Opberon and Vivien Leigh.

In 1948 she presented the program "Issues for Women" from Monday to Saturday from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the evening and "Female Office" from Monday to Sunday 7:45 to 8:00 pm. In 1961 Lolita Cervantes presented with José Manuel Martos the program "Moon Waves" Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Cervantes was an excellent voice actress and radio host. She also dubbed villains such as Cinderella's wicked stepmother in the Spanish dubbing of the Disney classic.

According to my files Lola has dubbed over 40 Euro-westerns. Following is an incomplete list but I’m sure of her credits for these films.

Lola Cervantes’ Euro-weesterns:
Four Bullets for Joe - 1963 [Spanish voice of Liz Poitel]
Charge of the 7th – 1964 [Spanish voice of Priscilla Steele]
Tomb of the Gunfighter – 1964 [Spanish voice of Silvia Solar]
Ballad of a Bounty Hunter - 1965 [Spanish voice of Pearl Cristal]
A Fistful of Knuckles - 1965 [Spanish voice of María Badmayer]
The Avenger – 1966 [Spanish voice of Elisa Montes]
Ballad of a Bounty Hunter – 1966 [Spanish voice of Perla Cristal]
Django Kill – 1966 [Spanish voice of Marilù Tolo]
Dynamite Joe – 1966 [Spanish voice of Halina Zalewska]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 [Spanish voice of Rada Rassimov]
Rebels on the Loose – 1966 [Spanish voice of Mónica Randall]
Seven Dollars to Kill – 1966 [Spanish voice of Carroll Brown]
Days of Violence – 1967 [Spanish voice of Nieves Navarro]
Face to Face - 1967 [Spanish voice of Lidia Alfonsi]
Johnny West – 1967 [Spanish voice of Dada Gallotti]
Rattler Kid – 1967 [Spanish voice of Aurora de Alba]
Seven Pistols for a Massacre – 1967 [Spanish voice of Giulia Rubini]
The Avenger – 1968 [Spanish voice of Elisa Montés]
Blood and Guns – 1968 [Spanish voice of Paloma Cela]
Dead Men Don’t Count - 1968 [Spanish voice of María Martín]
Gatling Gun – 1968 [Spanish voice of Evelyn Stewart]
Killer Adios – 1968 [Spanish voice of Paola Barbara]
Rattle Kid – 1968 [Spanish voice of Aurora De Alba]
Two Crosses at Danger Pass – 1968 [Spanish voice of Dyanik Zurakowska]
A Fistful of Knuckles – 1969 [Spanish voice of María Badmajew]
Garringo – 1969 [Spanish voice of María Martín]
Gatling Gun – 1969 [Spanish voice of Evelyn Stewart]
Quinto: Fighting Proud – 1969 [Spanish voice of Sarah Ross]
The Rebels of Arizona – 1969 [Spanish voice of Julie Newman]
Arizona Returns – 1970 [Spanish voice of Rosalba Neri]
Blood and Guns – 1970 [Spanish voice of Paloma Cela]
Fistful of Lead – 1970 [Spanish voice of Linda Sini]
Rebels of Arizona – 1970 [Spanish voice of Claudia Gravy]
Run Man Run – 1970 [Spanish voice of Chelo Alonso]
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [Spanish voice of chica rubia]
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 [Spanish voice of Jessica Dublin]
The Grand Duel - 1972 [Spanish voice of Elvira Cortese]
Patience Has a Limit, We Don’t – 1974 [Spanish voice of Rita de Lernia]
Viva Maria! – 1976 [Spanish voice of Jeanne Moreau]
Buddy Goes West – 1981 [Spanish voice of Sara Franchetti]


Johnny Oro – Italian title
Ringo med de gyldne pistoler – Danish title
Ringo ja kultainen pistooli – Finnish title
Ringo au pistolet d’or – French title
Ringo mit den goldenen Pistolen – German title
O Ringo kai to hryso pistol tou – Greek title
Ringo ze zlotym rewolweren – Polish title
Ringo e a Sua Pistola de Oiro – Portuguese title
Ringo dödar för dollar – Swedish title
Ringo ve Altin Tabancasi – Turkish title
Ringo injegov zlatni pistolj – Yugoslavian title
Ringo and His Golden Pistol – English title

A 1966 Italian production [Sanson Film (Rome)]
Producer: Joseph Fryd, Silvio Bersoisheimer
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Story: A. Bolzoni (Adriano Bolzoni), F. Rossetti (Franco Rossetti)
Screenplay: A. Bolzoni (Adriano Bolzoni), F. Rossetti (Franco Rossetti)
Cinematography: Riccardo Pallottini [Eastmancolor, widescreen]
Music: Carlo Savina
Song: “Johnny Ringo” sung by Don Powell
Song: “Band of Gold” sung by Valeria Fabrizi
Running time: 88 minutes

Jonathan Tomadaro Jefferson Gonzales/Johnny Oro/Johnny Ringo – Mark Damon (Alan Herskovitz)
Sheriff Bill Norton – Ettore Manni
Margie – Valeria Fabrizi
Juanito Perez – Franco De Rosa
Joan Norton – Giulia Rubini (Giuliana Rubini)
Sam Gilmore – Andrea Aureli
Stan Norton – Loris Loddi
Matt – Pippo Starnazza
Henchman – Fortunato Arena
Gunman – Palo Figlia
Alcalde Bernard Benal – John Bartha (János Barta)
Slim Anderson – Vittorio Williams Bonos
Townsman – Nino Vingelli
Sebastian – Ken Wood (Giovanni Cianfriglia)
Carlos Perez – Lucio de Santis
Paco Perez – Nando Poggi (Ferdinando Poggi)
Manuela Rodriguez – Silvana Bacci
With: Bruno Scipioni, Giulio Maculani, Evarista Signorini, Amerigo Castrighella, Figlia Francesco

On the heads of the Prez brothers, a band of brigands, hang various size rewards. With the exception of Juanito, who unlike the others, usually travels unarmed and lets the others do his bullying. When one of the brothers forces a girl to marry him Johnny Oro, a famous bounty hunter, interrupts the ceremony and kills him in a legitimate duel. Juanito, he hires Sebastian, a rebellious Apache to lay siege to the village where Johnny has taken refuge threatening the total destruction of the town for offering hospitality to his enemy. But Bill Norton, the sheriff of the town, will stay until the end being loyal to his principles, despite the cowardly citizens' proposals led by the devious merchant Gilmar alienates the population, and has Johnny Oro imprisoned for illegal possession of weapons. The sheriff prepares to defend the town backed only by an old drunk and his wife Joan. The assault begins with a horde of Apaches and bandits. Juanito becomes more insistent on his demands for Oro, despite significant losses, Bill accepts the proposal of Oro, and places a bounty on the last of Perez, while freeing the prisoner. Johnny who had had the foresight to place some dynamite in a strategic position vanquishes the Apaches and bandits, and faces Juanito and kills him.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spaghetti Western Locations

Continuing our search for locations for “Death Rides a Horse”. Ryan is released from prison and a horse is brought to him that he purchases. As he begins to mount he looks to the horizon and sees two riders watching him. As in many of the Spaghetti westerns different locations are combined in a shot which are miles apart. So it is with this scene. As Ryan looks to the horizon he is looking at the hills with mountain Alfaro in the background. 

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Captain Douglas’ excellent website: http://www.western-locations-spain.co    
and Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: http://y-yasuda.net/film-location.htm  

Happy 70th Birthday Beba Loncar

Desanka ‘Beba’ Lončar was born on April 28, 1943 in Belgrade, Serbia. Lončar is a Serbian-Italian film actress. She appeared in 52 films between 1960 and 1982. She was best known for her film career during the 1960s and 1970s, where she first became a star in native Yugoslavia before moving to Italy where she achieved considerable success.

Lončar got involved with performing at an early age through speaking bits in kids' programs on Belgrade television. She studied acting under the tutelage of director Soja Jovanović who gave Lončar an uncredited bit part in 1960's “Diližansa snova”. She would go on to appear in over 50 films between 1960 and 1982. Among her many films was one Euro-western as Christine in “Days of Violence” (1967) with Peter Lee Lawrence.

Beba she leads a very quiet, low-key life in Belgrade and rarely makes media appearances. Today we celebrate her 70th birthday.

Remembering Jurgen Frohriep

Jürgen Frohriep was born on April 28, 1928 in Rostock, Germany. He was the brother of the writer Ulrich Frohriep [1943- ]

After World War II, Jürgen Frohriep engaged in the FDJ amateur theater movement, although he had no professional acting training. In 1951, he was engaged at the Berlin Theater der Freundschaft. Later, more gigs followed at various theaters of the GDR.

In the late fifties Konrad Wolf gave him the lead role in his anti-war movie “Sterne” (1959). The film marked the professional breakthrough for Frohriep. As a permanent member of DEFA he often played the roles of military men and soldiers. In “Wolf unter Wölfen” (1965, based on a novel by Hans Fallada) Frohriep played an officer of the Black Reichswehr. In 1966, he appeared in “Ohne Kampf kein”. From the late sixties, the roles offered became sparse. In a supporting role Frohriep appeared in the 1973 film “The Legend of Paul and Paula”. Jürgen appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Chingachgook, the Great Snake” (1967) as Harry Hurry and “Osceola” (1971).

From 1973 on Frohriep worked mainly in television of the GDR. Since 1972, he played a police lieutenant Hübner in the crime series ‘Police 110’ as Lieutenant Huebner which showed on German TV from 1972-1991.

Frohriep also worked extensively as a voice actor, lending his voice to among others Charlton Heston (“Antony and Cleopatra”) and Raimund Harmstorf (in the DEFA synchronization of “The Sea Wolf”, in the West German version of Harmstorf Kurt E. Ludwig was Harmtorf’s voice).

After the end of the GDR Frohriep received few offers for work. The actor suffered from alcoholism and depression. During this time he also divorced his second wife actress Kati Székely [1941- ].

After the ARD In 1993, the continuation of the ‘Police 110’ TV series Frohriep returned in episode ‘Keine Liebe, kein Leben’ (1994) as Chief Commissioner Hübner, this was his last appearance on screen. Shortly after filming was completed, he died in Berlin. It was his wish to be buried at sea. His ashes were buried in the Baltic Sea Warnemünde in the family.

Today we remember Jürgen Frohriep on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Remembering Luisa Della Noce

Maria-Luisa Della Noce was born on April 28, 1923 in San Giorgio di Nogro, Udine, Italy. Her career began in 1952 with an appearance in Marrio Bonnard’s “L'ultima sentenza”. In 1956 she landed the role that was the envy of of the greatest Italian actresses: the wife of Pietro Germi, actor and director of “Il ferroviere”. Her choice was rewarded with a Best Actress award at the International Film Festival of San Sebastián. As Luisa Della Noce she would go on to a limited career of twelve films from 1951-1982 among which were two Euro-westerns: “Death Rides Alone” and “John the Bastard” both in 1967. Luisa died in Rome on May 16, 2008. Today we remember Luisa Della Noce on what would have been her 90th birthday.

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Ringo, il volto della vendetta – Italian title
Los cuatro salvajes – Spanish title
Avignanca de Ringo – Brazilian title
Den Colt im Genick – German title
Es geht un deinen Kopf, Amigo! – German title
I morfi tis ekdikiseos – Greek title
Ringo – Mark of Vengeance – English title
Ringo, the Face of Revenge – English title

A 1966 Italian, Spanish co-production [Emma Cinematografica CI (Rome), Estela Film (Madrid)]
Producer: Mario Caiano, Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Director: Mario Caiano
Story: Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Screenplay: Eduardo Manzanos Brochero, Mario Caiano
Cinematography: Julio Ortas (Julio Plaza) [Eastmancolor, widescreen]
Music: Francesco De Masi
Running time: 102 minutes

Davy/Ringo – Anthony Steffen (Antonio de Teffe)
Tim – Eduardo Fajardo
Tricky Ferguson – Frank Wolff (Walter Hermann)
Fidel – Armando Calvo (Armando Gespier)
Manuela – Alejandra Nilo
Sheriff Sam Dillinger – Alfonso Godá (Alfonso Alabau)
Paco – Manuel Bermudez
Mexican villagers – Amadeo Trilli
Saloon girl – Patty Shepard (Patricia Shepard)
With: Ricardo Canales, Antonio Orengo (Antonio Alonso), Rafael Vaquero

Two adventurers, Davy and Tim, save a man named Fidel chased by outlaws. On his back they discover that a map has been drawn. Intrigued, they force him to reveal its meaning: it is half of a map that indicates where hidden treasure is located, the other half is in the hands of a sheriff and former colleague of Fidel. The three then decide to join together and, although reluctantly, must count in their number also a crooked gambler named, Tricky, who has managed to make himself indispensable. The journey toward the treasure is initially hampered by the intervention of Sam, the sheriff, but he is killed but Trikie manages to memorize the directions of the part of the map possessed by the sheriff. Following the difficulties begin to multiply, both for the discord that arises among the four, and an attack by a group of bandits. They save a girl named Manuela, who had been captured by the bandits and Tim has saved from a lynching, and he falls in love with her. Fidel and Tim are killed, then it's time for Davy to deal with Tricky, who has hired five assassins. Davy, left alone with the girl and the gold, before abandoning the wild region, gives the villagers the precious metal, which has been the price of so much blood.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Guess Who I Am

I’m a British actress born in Newport, England in 1942.

I’ve appeared in over 40 films and TV appearances.

I appeared in two Euro-westerns both in 1971.

Guess who I am.

No one guessed this week's photo of Jessica Dublin.


Happy 75th Birthday Nino Benvenuti

Giovanni Benvenuti was born on April 26, 1938 in Isola d´Istria, Italy, today it is Izola, Slovenia. Better known to us as Nino Benvenuti, he is a former Italian boxer who is considered by many, to be the greatest boxer to ever come out of Italy.

At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Benvenuti earned the Welterweight division's gold medal and the Val Barker trophy as the Games' best boxer. At the end of his amateur career he had a record of 120 wins and 1 loss.

On 20 January 1961, he made his professional boxing debut, beating Ben Ali Allala by decision in six rounds. He went on to win 29 fights in a row before challenging for the Italian Middleweight title, on March 1, 1963, in Rome against Tomasso Truppi. His winning streak extended to 30 when he knocked out Truppi in round eleven. His winning streak reached 46 wins in a row when he met former world Junior Middleweight champion Denny Moyer on September 18, 1964, beating Moyer on points in ten rounds. After reaching 55 wins in a row, including a five-round knockout of Truppi in a rematch, he met world Jr. Middleweight champion Sandro Mazzinghi in Milan, on June 18 1965. This was a fight the Italian public clamored for: both men were Italian, both men claimed to be the best in their division, and they had expressed desire to fight each other. Benvenuti became the world junior middleweight champion with a sixth-round knockout win. On March 13, 1970, he was knocked out in the eighth round of a non-title fight by unknown American Tom Bethea in Australia. While this upset defeat caused Bethea to get a world title shot at Benvenuti's title, Benvenuti avenged the defeat with an eighth-round knockout of Bethea himself, Benvenuti soon lost his title, being beaten by young Carlos Monzón by a knockout in round twelve in Rome on November 7, 1970.

Benvenuti then retired and became a successful businessman, show host and city counselor in Trieste, where he opened a high-class restaurant.

In a brief acting career, he appeared in such films as “Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid” (1969) billed as Robert Neuman in the U.S.A.

Nino became a member of International Boxing Hall of Fame [1992] and the World Boxing Hall of Fame [1993].

In 1995, Benvenuti caused sensation with the news that he was turning away from the material world and had travelled to Calcutta, India, to become a volunteer at Mother Teresa's hospice.

Today we celebrate Nino Benvenuti’s 75th birthday.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Riffle Bill

Riffle Bill, le roi de la prairie – French title

A 1908 French production [Société Française des Films Éclair (Paris)]
Producer: ?
Director: Victorin Jasset
Story: ?
Screenplay: ?
Cinematography: ? [black & white]
Running time: ?

Riffle Bill – Henri Gouget
With: Camille Bardou

A series of five episodic adventures of Riffle Bill 1) “La main clouée”, 2) “L'attaque du courier”, 3) “L'enlèvement”, 4) “Le fantôme du Placer”, 5) “Riffle Bill pris au piège”.

Happy 80th Birthday Giovanni Fago

Giovanni Fago was born on April 25, 1933 in Rome, Italy. He began his career in cinema in 1959 as an assistant director to, among others, Mario Monicelli, Camillo Mastrocinque, Vittorio De Sica, Renato Castellani, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Lucio Fulci. In 1967 he became a director, consecutively filming two spaghetti westerns, “Vengeance is Mine (1966), “Full House for the Devil (1968), and the South American western “O' Cangaçeiro” (1970). During the 1970s and the 1980s he focused primarily on television work. Now retired the last film Fago directed was “Pontormo: A Heretical Love” (2004). Today we celebrate Giovanni Fago’s 80th birthday.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New DVD Releases

Le retour de Django
(Son of Django)

Director: Osvaldo Civirani
Starring: Guy Madison, Gabriele Tinti, Ingrid Schoeller

Label: Sidonis / Seven 7
Region 2 PAL
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1, 16:9
Audio: French Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian
Subtitles: French
Runtime: 95 min
Extras: Featurette with Jean-François Giré & Patrick Brion
Available: April 24,2013

Django prepare ton cercueil!
(Viva Django)

Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Starring: Terence Hill, Horst Frank, George Eastman

Label: Sidonis / Seven 7
Region: PAL
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1, 16:9 - PAL
Audio: French Dolby Digital, 2.0, Italian
Subtitles: French
Runtime: 88 min
Extras: Featurette with Jean-François Giré & Patrick Brion
Available: April 24, 2013

Happy 60th Birthday Elly Galleani

Federica Elisabetta De Galeani was born April 24, 1953 in Alassio, Savona, Italy. She was known to movie-goers as Ely Galleani but was sometimes credited as Justine Gall and Ely Gall.

The daughter of an Italian count and of a Polish woman of Lithuanian origin, Galleani made her film debut in 1970 with a small role in “Quella piccola differenza” directed by Duccio Tessari, then appeared in a number of films with larger and more significant roles. Among her films was one Euro-western: “Apache Woman” (1976) where she played the role of the Master’s daughter.

She was the half-sister of actress Halina Zalewska, who accidentally died in 1976, at 36, in a fire. Galleani was married to filmmaker Carlo Vanzina but they are now divorced.

Ely’s last film was “Cugine mie” in 1978. Now retired you can still stay in touch with her through her blog at http://www.elygalleaniblog.com/italiano/index.asp

Today we celebrate Ely Galleani’s 60th birthday.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

RIP Vivi Bach

Danish singer, actress and TV presenter Viv Bach was found dead at her island home in Ibiza, Spain on April 22, 2013  by her husband producer, actor Dietmar Schönherr. She was 73.

She was the daughter of a baker who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 3, 1939. She became famous for her music, painting, and especially acting. Her breakthrough came in the late 1950s at the side of Hans Joachim Kulenkampff in movies like “So liebt und küsst man in Tirol" (1961) und "Verückt und zugenäht" (1962).

It was because of her blonde hair and green eyes that she became known as the "Danish Bardot" and starred in films alongside Peter Alexander and Rex Guildo. In 1965 she met Dietmar Schönherr. For her, he divorced his first wife and married Vivi in 1965. The couple then wrote the concept for "Make a Wish", which was a 24 episode long TV series from 1969 until 1972. It was this TV series that made her famous.

Vivi appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Bullets Don’t Argue” (1964) with Rod Cameron and Horst Frank and the musical “A Fistful of Songs” (1966).


Brandy – Spanish title
Brandy, el sheriff de Lasatumba – Spanish title
Cavalca e uccidi – Italian title
Et pour un whisky de plus – French title
Chaevushe et tue – French title
Gesetz der Bravados – German title
Oi dolofonoi tou Texas – Greek title
Jedź i zabijaj!!! - Polish title
Town Without Law – U.K. title
Ride and Kill – U.S.A. title

A 1963 Spanish, Italian co-production [Fénix Cooperativa Cinematográfica (Madrid), Produzioni Europee Assopciati (Rome)]
Producer: Rafael Merina, Alberto Grimaldi
Director: J.L. Boraw (José Luis Borau Moradell)
Story: “El sheriff de Lostatumba” by José Mallorqui (José Figueroa)
Screenplay: Joe Baker (José Luis Borau Moradell)
Cinematography: Manuel Merino (Manuel Rodriguez), Henry Stewart (Mario Sbrenna) [Eastmancolor]
Music: Oscar Rice (Riziero Ortolani)
Running time: 88 minutes

Brandy – Alex Nicol (Alexander Nicol, Jr.)
Roy Moody – Robert Hundar (Claudio Undari)
Eva – Margaret Grayson (Maria Ranera)
Pastor Andrews/Steve Donnelly – Lawrence Palmer (Renzo Palmer)
Mrs. Stauffer – Pauline Baards (Paolina Prato)
Judge Stauffer – John McDouglas (Giuseppe Addobbatti)
Underhill – Anthony Gradwell (Antonio Gradoli)
Sheriff Clymer – Antonio Casas (Antonio Barros)
Beau Pritchard – Jorge Rigaud (Pedro Delissetche)
Alice Garrido – Natalia Silva
Tunnell – Albert Lockwood (Luigi Radici)
Major – Manuel Ayuso (Manuel  Monje)
Chirlo – José Canalejas
Driver – Frank Braña (Francisco Pérez)
Chico – Mark Johnson
Lewitt – Giovanni Petti (Giovanni Petrucci)
Murray – Héctor Quiroga
Hamlin – Alfonso Rojas (Alfonso Melquiades)
Mrs. Murray – Elena Santonja
Rancher – José Villasante
Neighbors – Juan Lizárraga, Victor Bayo, Miguel del Castillo
Cowboys – Alfonso de la Vega, Rafael Bejarano
Saloon waiter – Wilfredo Casado
Secretary – Rafael Hernández (Esteban Herrero)
With: Vicente Cárdenas, Pedro Fenollar, Jorge del Moral, Pedro Orengo, Antonio Zamora

In the territory of Arizona, a gang of outlaws under the command of Beau Pritchard are terrorizing the settlers. 'Brandy', a drunkard, by a clever ploy takes possession of a large sum of money that will allow him to help Eva, a poor girl, who he ends up marrying. The bandits kill the sheriff and very few people want to take the job. Eventually it is Brandy who is appointed sheriff, convinced that the drunk will not bother the bandits. But helped by the priest he sobers up and starts to put an end to the outlaws hold on the area. Beau Pritchard attempts and attack on the jail to free his henchman, but Brandy, now aided by the citizens, defeats the bandits after a fierce battle.

Happy 80th Birthday Jarque Zurbano

Francisco Jarque González Zurbano was born in Spain on April, 23, 1933. He became a noted character actor in major Spanish films. He came to the attention of Ignacio F. Iquino, after occasional roles in films by Berlanga, Vicente Aranda and Antoni Ribas. He signed a contract with Iquino stipulating that, in addition to acting on screen, he would also serve as a voice dubber and perform in the filmmaker’s cabaret in Castelldefels, Barcelona. He was never required to fulfill the cabaret duty but he did appear in Iquino’s films, as well as do voice-overs for them. Other than voicing himself, he also supplied the voice of Chris Huerta in “The Fabulous Trinity” (1972), in which he was given billing although he was never seen in the film itself. In the same film, he also dubbed in the voice of César Ojínaga who by coincidence was in a scene with Ricardo Palacios, who was dubbed by Ojínaga.

Jarque was usually seen in small supporting and character roles such as that of the mild-mannered coach driver in Juan Bosch’s “Dig Your Grave Friend, Sabata’s Coming” (1971) an Iquino production. He also appeared in “Too Much Gold for One Gringo” (1972) where he played the weak sheriff. In all Zurbano appeared in a total of five Euro-westerns.

In the late 1970s, the plump, balding Jarque started appearing in prestige Spanish productions and remained steadily employed until, for whatever reason, he ceased to make films around the turn of the century. – Nzoog Wahrfhehen

Today we celebrate Jarque Zurbano’s 80th birthday.

Monday, April 22, 2013

RIP Nosher Powell

According to his official webpage and Facebook, boxer, actor, stuntman Nosher Powell died April 20, 2013. He was known both as an actor (credited variously as Nosher Powell, Freddie Powell, Frederick Powell or Fred Powell) and as a stuntman and former boxer.

Powell was born in Camberwell, London, England. His younger brother, Dennis ‘Dinny’ Powell 1931, followed a similar career, acting and stunt co-ordinating many films, as have his sons Greg Powell [1954- ] and Gary Powell [1963- ].

Powell had an extensive but mostly uncredited career in stunt work and acting. In 1969, he portrayed the role of the powerful thug Lord Dorking in ‘My Partner the Ghost’ TV series (1969-1971). Apart from his acting career, Powell was a heavyweight boxing champion in the worlds of unlicensed fighting and the professional arena. He also worked as a sparring partner for Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, among others. The last fight of his career was against Menzies Johnson. Nosher won the fight on points, over eight rounds. According to his autobiography, Nosher had a total of seventy-eight fights: fifty-one as a professional, with nine losses, though he was never knocked out. Boxrec.com, though, lists Nosher as losing sixteen times as a professional, with nine of those losses being by KO, two by TKO and five on points.

As an actor and stuntman Nosher appeared in over 90 films many uncredited including doing stunts in “Fistful of Dollars” (1964) and “For a Few Dollars More” (1965).

Earth Day 2013

Who Are Those Guys? - Fred Bertelmann

Fred Bertelmann was born in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on October 7, 1925. A well-known German singer, his light operatic tenor was omnipresent on German radio and television in the late 1950s. Darkly handsome and engaging before the cameras, he was briefly, if arguably, Germany’s most popular singer - though commercial penetration into other territories was minor at most. He was signed to Electrola, where he enjoyed domestic chart success until the end of the decade, his biggest hit being 1958’s ‘Der Lachend Vagabund’ (The Laughing Vagabond), on which he was accompanied by the vocal harmonies of the Hansen Quartet. Selling over two million copies, ‘Der Lachend Vagabund’ was one of Germany’s all-time bestsellers. Between 1955 and 1963 he had 12 Top 40 hits in his homeland. Fred appeared as an entertainer in the musical Euro-western “A Fistful of Songs” (1966).

BERTELMANN, Fred (aka Fred Berthelmann) [10/7/1925, Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany -     ] - singer, actor, married to actress Ruth Kappelsberger [1927-    ] (1966-    ).
A Fistful of Songs - 1966 (entertainer)

Happy 80th Birthday Mark Damon

He was born Alan Herskovitz on April 22, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He started his career first appearing on several television shows. Known then as Mark Harris he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and their Regal Pictures affiliate and changed his name to Mark Damon. He appeared in such films as “Between Heaven and Hell” (1956) and “Young and Dangerous” (1957).

During the 1960s he was featured in Roger Corman's “House of Usher”. In an attempt to boost his career, he relocated to Italy, where he starred in several spaghetti westerns and B-movies, playing either the hero or the antagonist. He was the only actor to appear in both “The Longest Day” and “The Shortest Day” (both 1962). Mark appeared in 10 Euro-westerns from “Johnny Yuma” (1966) to “The Great Treasure Hunt” (1972).

He eventually gave up acting in the mid-1970s to become a film producer. His production and releasing company Producers Sales Organization (1977) distributed several American films such as “The Final Countdown” (1980) and “Prizzi's Honor” (1985) in foreign markets and distributed “Das Boot” (1981) in the United States. As a production company Damon's company helped finance “Never Say Never Again” (1983) and “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984). Mark now heads the production company Vision International Co.  established in 1987.

Today we celebrate one of the leading actors of the Euro-western Mark Damon on his 80th birthday.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Ric & Gian alla conquista del West – Italian title
Rick & John Conquerors of the West – English title

A 1967 Italian production [Denwer Film (Rome)]
Producer: Osvaldo Civirani
Director: Osvaldo Civirani
Story: Tito Carpi, Alessandro Ferraù
Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Osvaldo Civirani, Alessandro Ferraù
Cinematography: Osvaldo Civirani [Gerraniacolor, Cromoscope]
Music: Piero Umiliani
Running time: 112 minutes

Ric/Rick – Ric (Riccardo Miniggio)
Gian/John/Sean – Gian (Gianfabio Bosco)
Captain Stuart/Smith – Craig Hill
Major Jefferson – Francesco Mulé
Virginia Carroll – Barbara Carroll
Brody – Fred Coplan
Amalia – Anna Campori
Romolo – Aldo Ralli
Townswoman – Rosella Bergamonti
With: Ugo Adinolfi, Francesco Gula, Piero Leri, Paola Rosi, Elvira Serio, Mirko Valentin

During the Civil War, a Yankee decides to buy a large number of horses, which are essential for its army. To protect the huge amount of money needed, it is decided to build two gold wheels and replace them with those on a coach lead by Captain Stuart, who is put in charge of the purchase from ranchers in the West. Unfortunately for the captain, however, the coach is led by Rick and John, two naive young men who do everything to make the trip more uncomfortable than expected, after selling the two wheels of gold to an Indian. The journey of care continues until it is halted by a group of Southerners. In order to keep the gold from falling into the hands of the enemies, Captain Stuart, who does not know of the sale to the Indians, blows up the coach, succeeding to flee with his two casual friends. During the return trip Rick and Gian meet the Indians again.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

New Music Video

Song for the Old Man – International title

A production [Solobuio Visual Factory (Rome)]
Producer: ?
Director: Carlo Roberti
Story: Carlo Roberti
Screenplay: Carlo Roberti, Colassi, Gianni Garko
Cinematography: Alessandro Leone
Music: Spiritual Front
Running time: 7 minutes

Story: A young man confronts his father who he hates for leaving him and his mother 20 years before.

Old man – Gianni Garko
With: Simone H. Salvatori, Claudia Salvatori, Tommaso Maccari


Spaghetti Western Locations

Continuing our search for locations used in “Death Rides a Horse”. After Ryan is given his release from prison he is escorted to the front gate where he meets a man who has brought him a horse which he has purchased. As he is about to mount his horse he looks to the horizon and sees two men watching him.

This location is at Los Escullos, Almeria, the same place as the building used for the prison with the camera showing the hills on the eastern horizon.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Captain Douglas’ excellent website: http://www.western-locations-spain.co   
and Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: http://y-yasuda.net/film-location.htm 


Friday, April 19, 2013

Guess Who I Am


I was born in Kolbermoor, Bavaria, Germany in 1951.
Although I’ve appeared in only one Euro-western, I am not an actor.
I’m known for my participation in international soccer/football.
Guess who I am
Breccio correctly named Paul Breitner as this week's photo.


Reverendo Colt – Italian title
Reverendo Colt – Spanish title
Fäuste, Colts und Totengräber – Austrian title
Reverend Kolt – Czechoslovakian title
Haevneren’s revolver – Danish title
Nimeni on kuolema – Finnish title
Le colt du reverend – French title
Bleigewitter – German title
Antreten zum Bete – German title
Ta mavra spirounia tou El Paso – Greek title
O Reverendo Colt – Portuguese title
Hämndens Colt – Swedish title
Reverend’s Colt – English title
Reverend Colt – English title

A 1970 Italian, Spanish co-production [Oceania Produzioni Internazionali Cinematografiche (Rome), RM Films Talia (Madrid)]
Producer: Marino Girolami
Director: León Klimovsky, Marino Girolami
Story: Manuel Martínez Remís
Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Manuel Martínez Remís
Cinematography: Alberto Fusi [Eastmancolor, widescreen]
Music: Lady Park (Giovanni Ferrio), Piero Umiliani
Running time: 90 minutes

Reverend ‘Colt’ Miller – Guy Madison (Robert Moseley)
Sheriff Donovan – Richard Harrison
Mestizo – Thomas Moore (Enio Girolami)
Mary MacMurray – María Martín (María Vargas)
Fred Smith – Germán Cobos
Meticcio – Pedro Sanchez (Ignacio Spalla)
Gary – Steven Tedd (Giuseppe Cardillo)
Dorothy Smith – Perla Cristal (Perla Lijtik)
Pat MacMuray – Cris Huerta (Crsianto Brieva)
José /Joe – José Canalejas
Katy Jackson – Marta Monterrey (María Salerno)
Billy – Mariano Vidal Molina
Deputy Hop – Nino Marchetti (Giovanni Marchetti)
Colonel Charles Jackson – Alfonso Rojas (Alfonso Melquiades)

Shocked by the random death of a baby during a shootout, the bounty hunter Colt Miller decides to change his life. He becomes a pastor, and arrives in the city of Tucson with the purpose of erecting a church, but his intention collides with the hostility of the citizens, unwilling to believe the authenticity of his conversion. Accused of robbing a bank, Colt is able to prove his innocence during the siege and protects a caravan of pioneers from a gang of thugs evaporating any mistrust against him with his heroic behavior. The former gunslinger, which has now become for all "Reverend Colt" and can now open his church and set about directing spiritually in the local community.

Remembering Jayne Mansfield

She was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Her father, Herbert Palmer, was an attorney, and her mother, Vera Palmer, was a retired schoolteacher. She gained fame as Jayne Mansfield and pin-up status after suffering wardrobe malfunctions in front of photographers.

Jayne Mansfield was 16 years old when she met a boy named Paul Mansfield at a Christmas party and immediately fell in love. They married just months later, in May of 1950, a few weeks before Mansfield graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas. The Mansfields divorced in 1955.

Jayne was offered roles in several films such as “Kiss Them For Me” (1957), and “It Takes a Thief” (1960). After her divorce to Paul Mansfield, she married she married the winner of the Mr. Universe Competition, Miklós ‘Mickey’ Hargitay in 1958, and they had three children. However, theirs was a tumultuous relationship, and in 1964 Mansfield married actor Matt Cimber in Mexico, even though she had not yet officially divorced Hargitay. Mansfield and Cimber had one child before also parting ways. For the rest of her life, Mansfield was involved in a rocky relationship with Sam Brody, the attorney she hired to assist with her divorce proceedings.

Mansfield appeared in only one Euro-western, “The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw” (1958).

She experienced a career lull in the 1960s, though she did act in small roles on film and stage. Mansfield died in a car accident on June 29, 1967 at the age of 34. Her daughter, Mariska Hartigay, is a well-known and respected television actress.

Today we remember Jayne Mansfield on what would have been her 80th birthday.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy 75th Birthday Mark Mazza

Marc Mazzacurati was born in Paris, France on April 18, 1938. As Marc/Mark Mazza he began his film career with an appearance in “OSS 117 se déchaîne” in 1963”. He appeared in over 20 films and TV appearances until 1991. Among his films were two Euro-westerns: “The Grand Duel” (1972) and “My Name is Nobody” (1973). His distinctive bald head and intense acting style made him easy to spot in his many action films. In 1974 he founded a cosmetics company called Hei Poa which specializes in Tahitian monoi, which is made from gardenias as a skin and hair softener. He remained the CEO of the company until 2003. Today we celebrate Marc Mazza’s 75th birthday.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New DVD Release

Django spara per primo
(Django Shoots First)

Director: Alberto De Martino
Starring: Glenn Saxson, Erika Blanc, Evelyn Stewart

Label: Quadrifoglio
Country: Italy
Format: PAL, 1.85:1, 16:9
Region 2
Audio: Italian, German
Subtitles: Italian
Available: April 17, 2013


La venganza del Lobo Negro – Spanish title
Duelo a muerte – Spanish title
El regreso del Zorro – Mexican title
La piel del Lobo - Mexican title
Death Duel – English title
Vengeance of the Black Wolf – English title
Revenge of the Black Wolf – English title

A 1981 Spanish, production [Lotus Films International (Madrid)]
Producer: Luis Méndez, Francisco Bellot, Enrique Bellot
Director: Rafael R. Marchent (Rafael Romero Marchent Canales)
Story: Rafael Romero Marchent, Joaquín Romero Hernandez (Joaquín Canales)
Screenplay: Rafael Romero Marchent (Rafael Canales), Joaquín Romero Hernandez (Joaquín
Cinematography: Jorge Herrero (Jorge Martín)  [color]
Music: A. Agulló (Alfonso Agulló), E. Guerin (Eddy Guerin), C. Villa (Carlos Villa)
Running time: 92 minutes

Carlos Aceves/El Lobo Negro/Black Wolf – Fernando Allende
Margaret – Christian Bach (Adele Bach)
Colonel Sullivan – Carlos Ballesteros
Carmen – Esperanza Roy
Captain – Álvaro de Luna (Álvaro Blanco)
Marquesa – María Silva (María Rodriguez)
Isabel Aceves – Lola Forner (María Forner)
Corporal Donovan – Fernando Sancho (Fernando Les)
Doctor – Eduardo Calvo
Alcalde – José Canalejas
Teodoro – Francisco Braña (Francisco Pérez)
Ramirez – Julián Ugarte (Julián Landa)
Geronimo – Berta Barry (Bernabe Barri)
Halfbreed – Paul Benson
Don Diego – José María Caffarel
Marques – Alfonso del Real
Lieutenant – Alejandro de Encisco (José Lopez)
Rosa – Carmen Roldán
Pedro – Tomás Zori
Private Spencer – ‘Dum Dum’ Pacheco (José Pacheco)
Jose – Francisco Camoiras
Ernesto – Luís Gaspar
With: Arturo Alegro, Francisco Jones (Francisco Ivina), Luis Lorenzo (Luis Crespo), José Luis Lespe, José Yepes (José Cardo), José Riesgo (José Cortina), Alfredo Calles, Blaki (Francisco Martin)

In the sequel to “The Black Wolf” (1980), two years of relative calm have returned to California, but one day the old colonel returns to become Governor. His only desire is to unmask the Black Wolf, his personal enemy. The loss to the masked hero in a duel remains within him and has become an obsession. However, after various adventures, the masked hero wins out and peace reigns again in Old California.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Who Are Those Guys - Michael Berryman

Michael John Berryman was born in Los Angeles, California on September 4, 1948. He has appeared in several horror movies and other B movies. Berryman is famous for having a distinctive physical appearance as a result of hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a rare genetic condition which prevents him from developing hair, sweat glands or fingernails. According to his own statements in an interview for the DVD release of “The Hills Have Eyes”, he was born with "twenty-six birth defects."

Berryman has made a career out of portraying mutant bikers, evil undertakers, monsters and other frightening characters. He’s probably best known for his role as Pluto in Wes Craven's 1977 horror film “The Hills Have Eyes” and the 1985 sequel “The Hills Have Eyes Part II”.  He had a role in “The Crow” (1994) as ‘The Skull Cowboy’, Eric Draven's guide to the land of the living. Berryman's scenes were cut from the original theatrical release, but can be found on some DVD releases under "Deleted Scenes". He has also made appearances in the science fiction and fantasy movies “Weird Science” (1985), “Armed Response” (1986), “Evil Spirits” (1990), and "Brutal" (2007). He appeared in the Academy Award-winning drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). He’s also produced two films.

On TV he’s appeared in episodes of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ (1988) and ‘The X-Files’ (1995).

Michael appeared in one Euro-western, “Another Man, Another Chance” (1977) with James Caan and Geneviève Bujold in the role of one of the bandits who raped and murdered David Williams’ (Caan) wife.

Still active today, Michael has five films scheduled for release in 2013 and another in pre-production for 2014. When not acting, Berryman is also a popular draw at genre conventions.

BERRYMAN, Michael (Michael John Berryman) [9/4/1948, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. –
     ] - producer, TV actor.
Another Man, Another Chance - 1977 (bandit)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Remembering Luciano Catenacci

Luciano Catenacci was born on April 13, 1933 in Rome, Italy. He became an actor and production manager working mainly in Italian produced films during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He produced the horror film “Operazione paura” (Kill, Baby, Kill) in 1966. Luciano was seen in nine Euro-westerns from “A Colt in the Hand of the Devil” (1966) to “Carambola (1974). He was sometimes billed as Lewis Lawrence and Max Lawrence.  He died in Melbourne, Australia on October 4, 1990 following complications from heart disease. We remember Luciano Catenacci today on what would have been his 80th birthday.


Vendetta per vendetta – Italian title
Vendetta a l’ouest – French title
Rache fur rache – German title
Venganza por venganza – Spanish title
Vengeance for Vengeance – English title
Revenge for Revenge – English title

A 1968 Italian production [Cobra Film (Rome)]
Producer: Natalino Gullo
Director: Ray Calloway (Mario Colucci)
Story: Ray Calloway (Mario Colucci)
Screenplay: Ray Calloway (Mario Colucci)
Cinematography: Giuseppe Aquari [Eastmancolor]
Music: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Running time: 99 minutes

Major Bower – John Ireland
Chaliko/Shanko/Shariko – John Hamilton (Gianni Medici)
Clara/Ann Bower – Loredana Nusciak (Loredana Capelletti)
Baker – Giuseppe Lauricella
Sandy Baker – Conny Caracciolo
Pico – Gianni Milito (Giovanni Milito)
Jeb – Ivan Scratuglia (Giovanni Scratuglia)
Vince/Red  – Claudio Ruffini
Logan – Antonio Casale
Sheriff – Remo Capitani (Renato Capitani)
Priest – Mauro Mannatrizio
Storekeeper – Nino Musco
Old man – Salvatore Campochiaro
Bower henchmen - Gianni Pulone (Giovani Pulone), Fabio Yepes de Acevedo
With: Lemmy Carson, Ray Calloway (Mario Calucci), Ivan Bastia, Pia Morra, Oreste Palella (Oreste Paolella), Pino Sciacqua (Giuseppe Sciacqua)

A half-breed named ShaRIko, arrives in a small town in the West controlled by the former Confederate soldier, Major Bower who lords over the town with violence. Shariko stands up to the threats and challenges of Bower’s henchmen. Sandy, Bowers wife, tells of a treasure in gold, she’s hidden where her greedy husband has not been able to discover it. Caught talking to each other, Bower captures then kills Sandy Shariko, tortured reveals where Bower’s wife said - where the gold is hidden. The owner of the saloon, Becker, and his daughter help Shariko escape with the agreement that they will receive in exchange fifty percent of the loot. Becker is killed by Bower, and Shariko recovers gold, hidden in a chair in the Major’s house. Having killed Pico, Bower’s right arm man, he is challenged to a duel by Bower. Regardless of the rules, Bower is arrives at the agreed to meeting place with his full gang, but Shariko, is able to exterminate them with guns and dynamite. Finally the two men confront each other face to face. Shariko, walks away with the gold but the bag has been pierced by a bullet and the contents end up being dispersed among the rocks as he rides away.