Saturday, August 31, 2013

Spaghetti Western Locatins

Continuing our search for film locations for “Death Rides a Horse”. Ryan is put in jail but by now Bill is in town and manages to break him out by hooking a chain onto the bars of the cell and connecting it to a train that pulls most of the jail wall down. Ryan and Bill head for the desert. Bill loads up his guns while Ryan shaves and then Bill leaves Ryan taking his horse but leaving his pistol and making for Walcott’s hideout.
This scene takes place in Las Salinillas.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Captain Douglas’ excellent website:
and Yoshi Yasuda’s location site:

Remembering James Coburn

Film, television and stage actor James Harrison Coburn, Jr. was born on August 31, 1928, in Laurel, Nebraska. He studied acting at Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California before moving to New York City, where he became a student at the prestigious Stella Adler Theatre. Returning to California, he made his critically acclaimed acting debut at La Jolla Playhouse in Billy Budd, a stage adaptation of the Herman Melville classic. After some television work, including appearances on TV’s popular western ‘Bonanza’, Coburn made his film debut in 1959 in “Face of a Fugitive”, a western directed by Paul Wendkos. Over the next few years, he was cast in a variety of supporting rolls, appearing in “The Magnificent Seven” (1960), “The Great Escape” (1963) and “The Americanization of Emily” (1964), among others.
In 1966, he won his first major starring role in the box-office hit “Our Man Flint”. His performance as "Derek Flint," a swinging 1960s spy, won Coburn a hit sequel, “In Like Flint” (1967), and later inspired Mike Myers's comedic character in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997). Coburn used his newfound fame to start up his Won Production Company, which in 1967 produced “The President's Analyst”, a political satire. Admired by director Sam Peckinpah, who worked with him in “Major Dundee” (1965) and “The Cross of Iron” (1977), Coburn was given the opportunity to co-direct Peckinpah's 1978 film, “Convoy”. During this era he appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Duck You Sucker” (1971) as Sean Mallory and “Massacre at Fort Holman” (1972) as Colonel Pembroke.
Because of his severe rheumatoid arthritis, Coburn appeared in very few films during the 1980s. His voice was heard though on many commercials and through holistic medicine and rehabilitation he was able to overcome the disease enough to continue his acting career in the 1990s.
In recent years, he appeared opposite Mel Gibson in “Maverick” (1994) and “Payback” (1999), alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Eraser” (1996), and with Eddie Murphy in the hit “The Nutty Professor”. In 1998, after appearing in more than eighty films, Coburn gave his most acclaimed performance to date as "Glen Whitehouse," an abusive, alcoholic father in Paul Shrader's “Affliction” (1998), co-starring Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek. In March 1999, he took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Affliction”.
On November 18, 2002 while listening to music with his wife, actress Paula O’Hara he died of a heart attack. "He was a class act."  Today we remember James Coburn on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Guess Who I Am

I’m a Greek actor born in 1937.
I’ve appeared in over 85 films and TV appearances.
I appeared in two Euro-westerns, one using an alias.
Guess who I am.

Breccio correctly name Spiros Focas as this week's photo.

The Sheriff's Daughter

La fille du shérif - French title
The Sheriff’s Daughter - English title
A 1913 French production [Pathe (Paris)]
Producer: ?
Director: Louis Paglieri
Story: ?
Screenplay: ?
Cinematography: ? [black & white]
Running time: ?
Cast: ?

Story: Unknown

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Spaghetti Western Film Festival in Brooklyn

124 S. 3rd St. (between Bedford & Berry)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Admission: $5.00

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 10:00 p.m.
Monday, September 30, 2013 – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 22 – 10:00 p.m.


Monday, September 9, 2013 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28, - 7:30 p.m.

New Western Release

El hombre sin tiempo – Spanish title
The Man Without Time – English title
A 2013 production [ION Films (Madrid)]
Producer: Manuel Rubio (Manurel Rubio Lopez)
Director: Manuel Rubio López
Story: Manuel Rubio López
Screenplay: Manuel Rubio López
Cinematography: Manuel Rubio López [color]
Music: Manuel Rubio (Manuel Rubio López)
Running time:
Cristóbal García, Julio Béjar, Daniel Ortega, Alba Sanz, Antonio López, David Sanz, Jaime Márquez, Pepe Alonso, Mario Torres.

In a devastated world where gunmen seek their place, time is everything

YouTube trailer:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New DVD Release

Il bello, il brutto, il cretino
(The Handsome, the Ugly and the Stupid)
Director: Giovanni Grimaldi
Cast: Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Mimmo Palmara
Mustang Entertainment
Region 2, PAL
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Audio: Italian Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: Italian
Runtime: 92 min
Extras: none
Available: August 28, 2013

The Sheriff's Daughter

The Sheriff’s Daughter – British title
A 1910 British production [Hepworth (London)]
Producer: David Horsley
Director: Lewin Fitzhamon
Story: ?
Screenplay: ?
Cinematography: ? [black & white]
Running time: 850’
Daughter – Chrissie White (Ada White)

A girl helps a crook's double elude her sheriff father.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New DVD Release

Hanging for Django
(Una lunga fila di croci)
Director: Sergio Garrone
Starring: Anthony Steffen, William Berger
Label: Raro Video
Region: A, NTSC and Blu-ray,
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 – 16:9
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), Mono (Italian
Running time: 95 minutes
Extras: Digitally restored, trailer, Documentary: ‘Bounty Killer for a Massacre’, fully illustrated booklet
Available: August 27, 2013

Who Are Those Guys? - Carl Beukes

Carl Beukes was born in South Africa on October 3, 1976. Carl has performed in and directed various stage, television and film productions, most notably the films “High Jack Stories” (2000) “Pure Blood” (2002), “Crazy Monkey” (2005), “Footskating 101” (2007) and Jozi” (2010) which was directed by Craig Freimond and “The Girl” (2012) where he played opposite Sienna Miller and Toby Jones. Most recently he played alongside Shannyn Sossaman in Darrel Roodt's “Stealing Time” (2013).
He’s best known for his role as Paul McPherson in the SABC3 soap ‘Isidingo’ (1999). His many other television roles include lead and supporting roles in ‘25 Degrees South’, ‘Soul City’ and ‘Binnelanders’ (2010).
His favorite stage work was in Certified Male, Popcorn, MacBeth and Amadeus. His stage directorial debut “Debbie Does Dallas” was in 2010, starring Caprice and proved a sensation and has firmly established Carl as a tour de force not only as an actor but as an up and coming South African theatre director.
Carl has appeared in one Euro-western so far “Hooded Angels” (2000) as a militia man

BEUKES, Carl [10/3/1976, South Africa -    ] – model, dancer, director, stage, TV actor.
Hooded Angels - 2000 (militia man)

Monday, August 26, 2013


Lo sceriffo non spara – Italian tile
El sheriff no dispara – Spanish title
Revólver Maldito – Brazilian title
Le sheriff ne tire pas – French title
The Sheriff Won’t Shoot – English title
A 1965 Italian, Spanish co-production [Acadia Film (Rome), Hispamer Film (Madrid)]
Producers: Sergio Newman, Vincent Cashino
Director: J.J. Monter (José Luis Montero), Lionel L. Prestol (Renato Polselli)
Story: Guido Malatesta
Screenplay: Reinat Rizlang, Guido Malatesta, J.L Monter (José Luis Montero), Carmen Martinez (María del Carmen Roman), Vincent Cashino (Vincenzo Cascino), Lionel A. Prestol (RenatoPolselli)
Cinematography: Aiace Parolin [Telecolor, PanoScope]
Music: Felix Di Stephen (Felice Di Stefano)
Running time: 86 minutes
Allan – Mickey Hargitay (Miklos Hargitay)
Baron Vermont – Vincent Cashino (Vincenzo Cascino)
Desiree Vermont – Aïché Nana (Kiash Nanah)
Sheriff Stephen – Gianni Dei
Brett – Manuel Zarzo
Allan’s henchman – Sancho Gracia (Félix Gracia), Antonio Devi, German Grech
Rita – Solvi Stubing
Colet – Pilar Clemens
Deputy – Ángel Ter
Travelers – J.L. Monter (José Luis Monter), José Luis Zalde (José Lizalde)
Jim – Dan Clark (Marco Mariani)
With: Victor Kasline

Jim, a gunslinger, does not intend to use his weapons because during a fight, he accidentally killed his father. He agrees, however, to become sheriff of a Richmond where a fierce band of outlaws are sowing terror. The situation becomes difficult when it is learned the leader of the gang is Jim’s brother. Knowing Jim won’t use his gun against him the gang continues its reign o terror. While the sheriff tries to restore calm in the country, a conflict arises among the bandits in the division of the money from the latest robbery. In the course of this ongoing struggle that follows all in one way or another die. The only survivor is Jim who leaves the area along with the woman he loves.
YouTube Trailer:

John Landis and the Spaghetti Western

'John Landis In Toronto. July, 20, 2013, at the TIFF/BELL Lightbox'
by Michael 'Biltmore' Ferguson, with notes by Meredith Usher.
In late July Hollywood director John Landis (1950- ) was in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the 'Animal House' reunion at the TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema. It had long been rumoured that Mr. Landis had been in Europe as a young man working both as a stuntman and as a crew member. First news of this came on the web-site Trailers from Hell which posted a short interview with Mr. Landis where he talked about his early career. At first we were all shocked by the news that he had appeared in 'Once Upon a Time in the West' (1968) Could this be true? We wondered, why would he make this up? It sounded so out-there that it had a ring of truth to it. After this evening with the man himself, it can be told that all of his remarks were true. He told the audience about working in Europe. He went over in 1968. He was most proud of having worked on the Sergio Leone's masterpiece, where he appeared in numerous background scenes as an extra and as a stunt-man. He said that he lived in Almeria, Spain for about two & a-half years and worked on over 50 movies (totaling about 70 different scenes, or days of work). He didn't keep track. Mostly they were westerns, with the occasional pirate and modern-day actioner thrown-in for good measure. He said to the crowd that he and the other 'foreigners' would get offered work as day-players. Rarely were they told what the film was called. Sometimes they would get called back and only then they would figure out that it was for the same film that they had already worked on. Being an American he quickly became a valued commodity on the 'Hollywood' productions that had set up shop in the south of Spain. Too bad he didn't keep a list...

If you go to either the IMDb or Wikipedia you get a hint at a few of the other titles that he worked on. The wiki info seems to be more reliable than the credits listed for him on the IMDb. Go figure. Wikipedia has him down for the westerns John Guillermin's 'El Condor' (70), Robert Parrish's 'A Town Called Hell' (71), Terence Young's 'Red Sun' (71) and Michael Winner's 'Chato's Land' (71). All of these films were shot in the period that Mr. Landis said he was staying in Spain. Wiki even includes a nice quote from Landis on how Toshiro Mifune ran him through with a sword on 'Red Sun'. The Internet Movie Database has Mr. Landis lists the same films as Wikipedia, but also credits him for two dubious entries. They start off his European vacation with Sergio Leone's 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' (1966), which mathematically isn't possible as Landis has said on numerous occasions that he went over to Europe at the age of 18. They conclude Mr. Landis' stay with Tonino Valerii's 'My Name is Nobody', which was shot a good year after he had left Europe. At the Animal House function he made no mention of either film.
During the winter of 1969-1970 Mr. Landis and a number of the Spanish-based expat Americans (Gene Collins, for one) joined Clint Eastwood and travelled to Yugoslavia to work on Brian G. Hutton's 'Kelly's Heroes'. Once that film was finished Mr. Landis appears to have headed back home to the States, and made a schlock of a name for himself in Hollywood.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fire Breathers by Sarah Burton

By Kerry DooleToronto
Ontario rocker spins a spaghetti western of love.
Ontario, Canada native Sarah Burton and her brand of rock’n’roll, country, blues, and pop to a new CD release “Fire Breathers”.
Despite the mixture of different genres, Burton sees herself more as a rock’n’roll singer who stays pretty folksy. To give you a better idea, she says a lot of people have compared her to Sheryl Crow.
Her latest album, Fire Breathers, was released in August 2012 and consists of 13 songs spun together by a spaghetti-western love story.
“Try to think of it as if it was like a soundtrack to a movie involving these three characters,” Burton said. “There’s the woman and basically she’s torn between the bad man and the good guy.”
ON singer-songwriter Sarah Burton earned critical praise for her debut EP, 2007's Love is for Pussies, and 2010's Mayflower. She ups the creative ante with this eclectic, but compelling release. Things start off in rockin' mode with "Raise the Bar" and the raunchy "Round Me Up," while country ("Tried Being Good"), blues and folk strains are audible later on. Burton's roots shine clearly on the final cut, a version of the traditional "Wayfaring Stranger" that breathes new fire into a well-covered classic. The other cover is the Low Anthem's "To Ohio," which is also done justice. Colourful characters and places in her original songs include outlaws, cowboys, the women who lust after them and drunken nights in Winnipeg. There's a slightly rough and ready feel to the instrumentation that suits Burton's vibrant and versatile vocals. She produced herself and recruited such fine guests players as Paul Reddick (his harmonica playing adds energy to a couple of cuts) and backing vocalists Andrea Romolo, Cindy Doire, Jenny Allen and Jadea Kelly. You get the sense they had lots of fun recording this very enjoyable disc.

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Spaghetti Western Locations

Continuing our search for film locations for “Death Rides a Horse”. Ryan is put in jail but by now Bill is in town and manages to break him out by hooking a chain onto the bars of the cell and connecting it to a train that pulls most of the jail wall down. Ryan and Bill head for the desert. Bill loads up his guns while Ryan shaves and then Bill turns the tables and leaves him, taking his horse and leving him to walk to the next town.
This scene takes place in Castillo San Ramon. This was the same location used for the Confederate hospital Angel Eyes visited to find out the whereabouts of Arch Stanton in the missing scene (now restored) in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly".

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Captain Douglas’ excellent website:              
and Yoshi Yasuda’s location site:

[Thanks to Howard Hughes in helping me identify this location.]

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Freddy im wilden Westen – German title
Freddy und das Lied der Prärie – German title
Fredi i presma prerime – Yugoslavian title
Freddy i det vilde vesten – Danish title
Kuusi laukausta pettureille – Finnish title
6 pallottole per Ringo Kid – Italian title
The Wild Wild West – English title
The Wild Wild West – U.S.A. title
In the Wild West – U.S.A. title
The Sheriff was a Lady – U.S.A. title
A 1964 West German, Yugoslavian co-production [CCC Filmkunst GmbH (Berlin), Avala Film (Belgrade)]
Producer: Artur Brauner
Director: Sobey Martin
Story: Gustav Kampendonk
Screenplay: Gustav Kampendonk
Cinematography: Siegfried Hold (Siegfried Pissowotzi) [Eastmancolor, CinemaScope]
Music: Lotar Olias
Songs: “Riding On”, “Who Knows Where”, “The Wild Wild West”, “Traveling West (With the
Sun)” , “Old Joe”, “Give Me Your Word” sung by Freddie Quinn (Franz Niedl-Petz)
Song: “I’m Here to Stay” sung by Mamie Van Doren (Joan Olander)
Song: “We are the Girls from the Golden West” sung by Mariona
Song” “Black Bill” sung by chorus
Running time: 101 minutes
John Burns/Blackbeard Bill – Freddy Quinn (Franz Niedl-Petz)
Deputy Sheriff Anita Daniels/Betty Wilson – Beba Longar (Desanka Loncar)
Olivia – Mamie Van Doren (Joan Olander)
Steve Perkins – Rik Battaglia (Caterino Bertaglia)
Sheriff Mickey Stanton – Carlo Croccolo
Joana Stanton – Trude Herr
Nora Daniels – Desa Beric
Ted Daniels – Josef Albrecht
Murdock – Vladimir Medar
Harry/Jerry – Klaus Dahlen
Old Joe – Otto Waldis (Otto Brunn)
Bud/Buck – Ulrtich Hüls
Roger – Janez Vrhovec
Saloon singer  – Mariona
Bartender – Bruno W. Pantel (Bruno Walter Pantel)
Saloon patrons – Karl Dall, Peter Ehlebracht
Perkins’ henchmen – Stojan Arandjelovic, Mavid Popovic (Milivoje Popovic-Mavid), Mirko Boman

Bill Black is a mysterious avenger who rides through the prairie singing and fighting for the rights of the innocent. Nobody knows that it is John Burns, whose parents were killed by desperadoes. John aka Blackbeard Bill is on the way to the ranch of old Ted Daniels, where he grew up after the death of his parents. Ted, who knows of a legendary gold vein and has been kidnapped by bandits. Black Bill rides to the notorious gold mining town of Moon Valley to bring the unscrupulous criminals to justice. John does not realize that Ted's daughter Anita, who he last saw in childhood, lives there.
When Anita, posing as the sheriff's sister, because he is always drunk, is Deputy of Moon Valley and is now called Betty Wilson. Meanwhile, John makes acquaintance with a certain Steve Perkins, who rules like a despot in the town. His fiancée Olivia only recently learns that Perkins is also head of the infamous Moon Valley gang who has Ted Daniels as a prisoner the basement of the saloon.
By several coincidences Anita comes into possession of a pocket watch belonging to Ted Daniels and John knows it is a clue to the raid on the ranch. Olivia finds out that John Burns is Bill Black and reveals to Bill that Perkins is the head of the criminal gang. The next day, John spreads the rumor that he wants to leave town with Olivia. It provides a trap for Perkins and it develops into a dramatic chase. During a shootout Anita unexpectedly appears. She arrests John as Black Bill. While in prison in Moon Valley John admits his true identity to Anita. At the end John succeeds in freeing Ted and Steve Perkins is finally brought to justice.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Guess Who I Am

I’m an Italian actor born in Rome in 1924.
I appeared in over 140 films and TV appearances from 1951 – 2003.
I was a fencing, master of arms as well as an assistant director.
I appeared in 23 Euro-westerns during my career.
Guess who I am.

No on guessed this week's photo of Franco Fantasia.


RIP Vadim Yusov

Russian cinematographer Vadim Ivanovich Yusov died today, August 23, 2013, in Moscow. He was 84. Vadim also served as a professor at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. He was known for his collaborations with Andrei Tarkovsky on “The Steamroller and the Violin:, “Ivan's Childhood” directed by Andrei Rublev “Solaris” and with Georgi Daneliya on “I Step Through Moscow”. He won a number of Nika Awards and Golden Osella for Ivan Dykhovichny's “The Black Monk” at the Venice International Film Festival in 1988.
Born in Leningrad, Russia Yusov was the cinematographer on 1974’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Mexico in Flames” directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and starring Franco Nero and Ursula Andress.

Happy 45th Birthday Luciano Federico

Luciano Federico was born on August 23, 1968 in Sanremo, Imperia, Italy. He started at the Theatre Workshop that Diego Pesaola held in Sanremo and Imperia. In 1988 he studied at the Theatre Workshop of Gigi Proietti.
His first important role was in the 1992 film by Pupi Avati “Fratelli e sorelle”, in which he plays the eldest son of Anna Bonaiuto who tries to keep the family together. He then appears at the side of Simona Cavallari in “Per amore o per amicizia”, a drama in four episodes.
1995 he participated in the third series of the drama of RAI2 ‘I ragazzi del muretto’, it was the first time Luciano appeared in a prominent television role.
In 1996, he starred in a film inspired by the story of the monster of Foligno, where he plays Spilotros Stefano, a young man with a complex that results in the terrible murders in the Umbrian town.
In 1998, after several minor and co-starring roles he appears in “Radiofreccia”, a film by Luciano Ligabue. In the film he plays Bruno, founder of free radio. In 2000 he joins the cast of “Fughe da fermo”.
In 2001 he plays an important role in “Senza filtro”, a film project of Article 31 in which also participates, among others, is Cochi Ponzoni and has a part in the film “The Passion of Christ” by Mel Gibson. Federico appears in his first and so far his only Euro-western “800 Bullets” in the part of the undertaker.
Today we celebrate Luciano Federico’s 45th birthday

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Lo sceriffo di Rockspring – Italian title
Sheriffen fra Rockspring – Danish title
Rockspringin lainvalvoja – Finnish title
Le shérif de Rockspring – French title
Sheriffen i Rock Springs – Norwegian title
O Xerife Indomável –Portuguese title
Sheriffen i Rock Spring – Swedish title
The Sheriff of Rock Springs – English title
A 1971 Italian production [RAS Film (Rome)]
Producer: Luigi Gianni
Director: Anthony Green (Mario Sabatini)
Story: Elido Sorrentino, Luigi Gianni
Screenplay: Elido Sorrentino, Luigi Gianni
Cinematography: Gianni Raffaldi [Kodacolor, Superscope]
Music: Gianfranco di Stefano, Felice di Stefano
Song: “La canzone del coyote” sung by Lorena Limoncelli
Running time: 85 minutes
Sheriff – Richard Harrison
Burt Jones – Donald O’Brien (Donal O’Brien)
Julie – Marina Morgan (Marina Mencci)
Dania – Lorena Limoncelli
Judge – Celso Faria
Buck - Joseph Logan (Gianni Manera)
Ranger Captain - Mauro Mannatrizio
Saloon girl - Sofia Kammara (Sofia Roda)
Journalist - Orazio Stracuzzi
Saloon patron - Calogero Caruana, Luciano Conti, Mario Dardanelli, Marcello Meconizzi, Clemente Ukmar, Rinaldo Zamperla
Townsman – Lina Alberti, Jean Claude Jabes
With: Cosetta Greco (Cesarina Rossi), Teresa Franceschini, Agostino De Simone, Romano De Simone, May Doria (Maily Doria), Marino Sidri, Sergio Scarchilli, Alessandro Perrella, Maria D’Incoronato, Mimmo Bernardini, Pino Bernardi, Elsa Gianni, Sophia Mannatrizio, Carlo Romano

A bandit named Burt, escapes from prison, and hides out near the town of Rockspring, where the custom of the election of the "little sheriff," is taking place. A child, a young boy or girl, will work for the sheriff for eight days. The state of relative tension that reigns in the town comes from the fact that it is inhabited mainly by Protestants and by a minority of Mormons, both groups aspire to appoint its own candidate: the Protestant nominate Stephy and the Mormons nominate Schelly: Stephy is elected. Meanwhile Burt, comes to the farm of Mormon Jones, to obtain weapons and, once he’s acquired a gun he resumes his journey taking with him Dania, the daughter of the poor man as a hostage. The Schelly, has seen the robber who manages to get away with his ​​hostage. Schelly is unable to draw the attention of any of the adults, so he brings together some of his friends and they try to stop the outlaw. Burt easily gets rid of the boys, but is subsequently arrested by the arrival of adults who have been searching for him. The small sheriff Stephy, recognizing the courage and spirit of initiative by Schelly, spontaneously offers him the star that symbolizes the office of Sheriff. The two religious communities celebrate together, in a spirit of renewed peace.

Happy 65th Birthday Eleanor Brown

Eleanora Brown was born in Naples, Campania, Italy on August 22, 1948. The daughter of an American father and a Neapolitan mother, in 1959 at only eleven years old, she was chosen by Vittorio De Sica to play the part of Rosetta (daughter of Cesira interpreted by Sophia Loren) in the film Two Women which won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
In 1964 she appeared in the melodrama “Amore mio” directed by Raffaello Matarazzo. She then continued her career with such other directors as Dino Risi and Tony Richardsonn.
In 1967, now billed as Eleanor Brown she appeared in the musical film “Cuore matto... matto da legare”, in which she played Carla, the beautiful girl who falls in love with Tony, played by Little Tony and Ferruccio Amendola, during which time the gossip magazines alleged she was having an affair with the singer from San Marino.
In 1967 she starred in the spaghetti western, “Death Sentence” with Tomas Milian and in 1968 “Fifteen Scaffolds for a Killer” with Craig Hill and George Martin
After her appearance in “Nude si muore” (1968) in which she playedLucille, she retired from film and dedicated herself to higher education (she graduated in 1982 at the John Cabot University, an American private college based in Rome), and family, then a decade later she returned to the cinema as a voice actress.
Today we celebrate Eleanor Brown’s 65th birthday.

Happy 80th Birthday Geoffrey Horne

Geoffrey Horne was born on August 22, 1933 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, director, and acting coach at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. His screen credits include “The Strange One”, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (both 1957), “Bonjour Tristesse” (1958), “Two People” (1973), ‘The Twilight Zone’ episode "The Gift" in 1962, and as Wade Norton in "The Guests" episode of ‘The Outer Limits’ (1964).
A life member of The Actors Studio, Horne was almost cast as Bud Stamper in “Splendor in the Grass” by the film's director, Studio co-founder Elia Kazan, but the role eventually went instead to Warren Beatty. Around the same time, Horne was also auditioned by Federico Fellini for the lead in “La Dolce Vita”, which ultimately went to Marcello Mastroianni. During his film career Horne appeared in one Euro-western: “The Implacable Three” (1963) in the role of Don César Guzmán.
Horne is married and now resides in New York City, where he teaches acting at New York University. Previously, he had been married to actress Collin Wilcox [1935-2009] from 1963 to 1977.
Today we celebrate Geoffrey Horne’s 80th birthday.

Remembering Luis Prendes

Luis Prendes Estrada was born in Melilla, Spain on August 22, 1913. He was the brother of actresses Mercedes Prendergast [1903-1981] and Mari Carmen [1906-2002]. His first vocation was a military career however and he initiated studies as a merchant navy officer.
In his early years as an actor he was integrated in the company of his sister Mercedes and the Concha Diaz Carmen Catala. Upon completion of the Spanish Civil War he began a period of great activity in both film and theater.
He became the first player in the Teatro María Guerrero and in 1946 is able to form his own company. Among the successes there on stage included the works, La visita de la vieja dama, Todos eran mis hijos  and Los árboles mueren de pie.
He was most prolific in film during the the decades of the 1940s and 1950s when he reached heartthrob status in numerous comedies of directors Ignacio Iquino Farrés, Alejandro Ulloa and José María. During his film career Luis appeared in nine Euro-westerns from “Dollars for a Fast Gun” (1965) to “China 9, Liberty 37” in 1978. Prendes excelled at playing figures of authority such as judges, landowners or civic leaders.
He was also a regular face in the early years of Spanish TV with frequent appearances on ‘Studio 1’, ‘Novel and Story’ and series like ‘Historias para no dormir’ (1966) and ‘Visto para sentencia’ (1971).
Prendes died in Madrid, Spain on October 27, 1998.
Today we remember Luis Prendes on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

RIP Carlos Romero Marchent

Actor Carlos Romero Marchent has died.
A member of the Romero Marchent family of filmmakers, he was 69.
The film franchise of Romero Marchent has lost another of its members with the death of actor Carlos Romero Marchent. Son of author and screenwriter Joaquin Romero Marchent, and brother of Rafael Romero Marchent, director of many spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and 1970s, the director and screenwriter Luis Romero Marchent Joaquín , and Ana Maria Romero Marchent production manager.

Carlos began his career in the late 1950s appearing in “Saeta rubia” (1956) then such productions as “Un fantasma llamado amor” (1957) “El hombre del paraguas blanco” (1958). In the sixties his career continued and he appeared in Spaghetti western such as “Zorro's the Avenger” (1962) “Dollars for a Fast Gun” (1965) and “Cut-Throats Nine” (1970) In the late 1970s he participated in TV serials like 'Curro Jiménez’ (1977-1978), where he played the role of Gaston, and 'Cañas y barro’, as Sangonero.

Who Are Those Guys? - Toure Beubacar

                               [Touré Beubacar is pictured on far right]

Touré Beubacar was born in 1949 in Guinea. He’s another of the mysterious actors who appear in a few films and then disappear. Beubacar appeared in only two films that I am aware of both made in 1970.  He appeared in the Sci-Fi film “Signale - Ein Weltraumabenteuer” and one Euro-western “Osceola” as Black Panther. I can find reference to a Dr. Boubacar Touré  so if this is him he may have appeared in a few films to pick up some quick cash to apply toward his college education. I also find reference to an artist with that name. After these two roles his trail goes cold until we find a published date of the death of Dr. Boubacar Touré on April 4, 2011 in Kinshasa, Guinea in a plane crash. This Touré was a Reproductive Health Advisor for the International Rescue Committee of the UN for the Congo.  Whether these two men are one and the same is still inconclusive.
BEUBACAR, Touré (aka Dr. Boubacar Touré(?)) (Touré Boubacar) [1949, Guinea – 4/4/2011, Kinshasa, Guinea (plane crash) (?)]
Osceola – 1970 (Black Panther)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

RIP Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard, the legendary crime and western novelist and screenwriter who wielded sharp prose and created quirky misfit characters to captivate a legion of readers, has died, his literary agent said Tuesday.
The 87-year-old writer, who had been recovering from a stroke, wrote novels in the crime and Western genres, as well as short stories and screenplays. He recently won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation.
"For a half-century, Elmore Leonard has produced vibrant literary work with an inimitable writing style," said the foundation's executive director, Harold Augenbraum.
He is the master of quirky, well-drawn characters, snappy dialogue, clever plot twists and a narrative style so spare it reads like haiku. Its simple beauty can put a bullet through your heart. He thinks most crooks are dumb, and that dumb is funny. He likes a good caper and the violence seems to be almost incidental, more like an occupational hazard.
Born in New Orleans, Leonard and his family moved to Detroit, the city that became his literary canvas. He had been writing for decades and supported his family by churning out lines that sold Chevy trucks, all the while saving his best for himself. He'd get up at 5 each morning and write until 7 before heading off to the day job at an ad agency. He quit that day job in 1961.
He first wrote Westerns and Hollywood discovered one of his stories -- "3:10 to Yuma" and made it into a film twice. When Westerns went out of style, he turned to crime fiction. He created some of popular fiction's most memorable tough guys: trigger happy federal marshal Raylan Givens, streetwise Hollywood wannabe Chili Palmer and smooth talking bank robber Jack Foley.
Some of his famous novels, such as "Get Shorty" and "Hombre," have been made into movies.
He's won awards such as the Grand Master Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for outstanding achievement in American literature.
"He was truly a giant of the genre and will be sorely missed by fans all around the world," the Mystery Writers group said.

Leonard wrote the stories which were made into two Euro-westerns "Valdez is Coming" (1971) and "The Tonto Woman" (2007).

New DVD Release

They Called Him Amen
Director: Alf Thunder (Alfio Caltabiano)
Starring: Luc Merenda, Sydney Rome
Label: Substance Video
Region: 0, NTSC
Audio: English
Subtitles: None
Runtime: 89 min
Available 8/20/2013


The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw – British title
Os Apuros de um Xerife – Brazilian title
En gentleman i det vilde vesten – Danish title
Sheriffi vastoin tahtoaan – Finnish title
La blonde et le sheriff - French title
Sheriff wider Willen – German title
Min ta vazete mazi mou – Greek title
Il bionda e lo sceriffo – Italian title
O xerife a loira – Portuguese title
La rubia y el Sheriff – Spanish title
En gentleman i vildaste västern – Swedish title
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw – English title
A 1958 British production [Angel Productions, 20th Century Fox (London)]
Producer: Daniel M. Angel
Director: Raoul Walsh (Albert Walsh)
Story: Jacob Hay
Screenplay: Arthur Dales (Howard Dimsdale)
Cinematography: Otto Heller [DeLuxe Color, CinemaScope]
Music: Robert Farnon
Song: “The Valley of Love” sung by Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero)
Running time: 110 minutes
Jonathan Tibbs – Kenneth More
Kate – Jayne Mansfield (Vera Palmer)
Mayor Masters – Henry Hull (Henry Vaughn)
Keno – William Campbell
Jack – Bruce Cabot (Etienne de Bujac)
Uncle Lucius – Robert Morley
Toynbee – Ronald Squire (Ronald Squirl)
James – David Horne
Mason – Eynon Evans (Evan Evans)
Claybourne – Reed de Rouen
Luke – Charles Irwin
Slim – Nick Brady (Nicholas Brady)
Feeney – Nicholas Stuart
Johnny – Sheldon Lawrence
Frenchie – Gerald Lawson
Velez – Michael Peake
Carson – Jack Taylor
Cora – Susan Denny
Luke’s wife – Tucker McGuire (Anne McGuire)
Bud Wilkins – Gordon Tanner
Drunk – Sidney James (Soloman Cohen)
Drummer – Donald Stewart (Donald Wintermute)
Bartender/Undertaker – Clancy Cooper
Cowboy – Al Mulock (Alfred Rogers)
Gun Guard – Larry Taylor
Coach Driver – Jack Lester (Jack Swineford)
Chick – Charles Farrell
Running Deer – Chief Jonas Applegarth (Jonas Applegarth)
Red Wolf – Deputy Chief Joe Buffalo (Joe Buffalo)
Little Girl – Mary Reynolds
Saloon patron – Anthony Lang
Ranch hand – Peter Perkins
Servant – John Wilder
With Steven Berkoff (Leslie Berks)
Kate’s singing voice – Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero)

Jonathon Tibbs, son of a family of English gunsmiths, has no interest in the business and prefers inventing gadgets, in particular a steam-powered horseless carriage. Threatened with disinheritance if he does not report for work, he discovers that the company is not doing very well, and concludes that someone must expand their sales.
He reads in his newspaper about the wide use of guns in the American West of the 1880s, and decides to go there himself to sell firearms to the locals.
He ends up at the small lawless town of Fractured Jaw and inadvertently acquires a reputation for quickness on the draw, due to his wrist-mounted Derringer style weapon. He is innocently drawn into a range war between the "Box T" and "Lazy S" cattle outfits, both of whom claim sole water rights and, when he proves able to stand up to their hired gunmen, is appointed sheriff.
He endeavors to clean up the town using what skills he has, and by multilateral diplomacy. He attracts the support of Miss Kate, a blonde bombshell hotel owner, who helps him to fight off the hired guns of both cattle ranches, who all want him dead.
Earning the respect of the local Indian tribe, he becomes a blood brother of theirs, under the name of 'Fleet Iron Hat'. When he and Kate are besieged by the gunmen of both outfits, they come to his rescue and help to arrest the men. The two ranch owners eventually offer a deal to maintain the peace and share the water rights.
With relative peace restored, Jonathon decides to remain in Fractured Jaw, becomes an American citizen and marries Kate.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Happy 65th Birthday Susanna Martinkova

Zuzanne Blaskò Martinkovà was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia on August 19, 1948. Born to a Czech family, she debuted on the big screen in 1963 in “LetOs v zari”, a Czechoslovak production directed by Frantisek Daniel. Helped by her buxom beauty, she starred in many films as in her only Euro-western “Vengeance is Mine” (1968) as Mary, and “Colpo rovente”, and “La ragazza del prete” (both 1970).
In 1973 she married Euro-western star Gianni Garko but the couple divorced in 1986.
In 1978 she co-starred in ‘La dama dei veleni’ a television drama with Ugo Pagliai, as the mysterious wife. She then appeared in “Fracchia contro Dracula” (1985), starring Paolo Villaggio. After that film she participated in “Monella” (1998), starring opposite Serena Grandi. In 199 she decided to retire from the film but returned in 2012 to appear in the TV series ‘Vyprávej’.
Today we celebrate Suzanna Martinkova’s 65th birthday.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

An afternoon with Lee Marvin

I spent an enjoyable afternoon yesterday listening to some great stories about Lee Marvin at Gatsby's Books in Long Beach, California. Author Dwayne Epstein had some great and revealing information about the subject of his book Lee Marvin: Point Blank. My buddy John Crummett along with a few dozen other people had a truly fun time.

During the question and answer period we asked Dwayne about Lee’s Euro-western “The Spikes Gang” (1974). Dwayne said when producer, director Richard Fleischer first sent Marvin the script he turned it down. Richard called Lee and they met for lunch and discussed the project. Fleischer told Lee he envisioned the role of Harry Sparks as ‘The Devil’. Lee replied, “Yeah I can play that.” The film is filled with small quotes and dialog on Lee’s reflections on life. The film was shot in Almeria, Spain using Texas Hollywood as the main set. During the film Lee appears and disappears adding to the feeling that he’s more than just a mortal man.

 Thanks Dwayne and continued success with the book.

For more information on Lee Marvin: Point Blank see


La sceriffa – Italian title
Bang-Bang à Italiana – Brazilian title
Tina räumt  auf – German title
The Lady Sheriff – English title
The She Sheriff – English title
The Sheriff was a Lady – English title
The Sheriff – U.K. title
A 1959 Italian production [Betauno Film (Rome)]
Producer: Guido Paolucci
Director: R.M White (Roberto Bianchi Montero)
Story: Mario Amendola
Screenplay: Mario Amendola, Ruggero Maccari
Cinematography: Sergio Pesce, Elio Polacchi [black & white, Dialiscope]
Music: C. Louvre
Song: “Colorado Joe” sung by Roberto Altamura
Running time: 104 minutes
Sheriff Carmela Esposito – Tina Pica (Concetta Pica)
Colorado Joe – Ugo Tognazzi (Ottavio Tognazzi)
Nick – Carlo Pisacane
Donovan – Tom Felleghy (Tamás Fellegi)
Jimmy Jesse – Livio Lorenzon
Jimmy Jesse’s brother – Franco Balducci
Fulton Jesse – Benito Stefanelli
Dolly – Tina De Mola (Ernesta De Mola)
General – Carletto Sposito (Carlo Sposito)
Connie Dallas – Annie Albert (Anna Alberti)
Mr. Dallas – Leonardo Severini
Brutal Time – Alberto Sorrentino
Pink Cloud – Anita Todesco
Indian – Paolo Gozlino
Judge – Tino Scotti (Ernesto Scotti)
Jesse henchman – Stelio Candelli
Deputy Ciccio – Fanfulla (Luigi Visconti)
Jack – Elio Crovetto
Bartender – Nino Musco
With: Bruno Carotenuto (Benito Carotenuto), Philip Kay, Gino Marturano (Luigi Marturano), Rhea Capparelli

The citizens of Rio Ciuccio, are being overrun by a gang of outlaws, led by Donovan, the owner of the "saloon". The sheriff, an old Confederate soldier, tries to impose the rule of law, but the effort cost him his life. His widow, Carmela, a native of Naples, Italy but transplanted in the West, decides to take the place of her deceased husband, she’s stimulated with the firm intention to defend the rule of law and the rights of law abiding citizens. Having proven her courage, Carmela is appointed sheriff. Skillful in handling a gun, she has a manly courage and the power to persuade others with her wit. With these powers, leading by example and with the help of some wine, she succeeds in restoring peace to the country in compliance with the law. Having fulfilled her task, Carmela heads back to Naples.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

RIP Fred Kennamer

Fred Kennamer died in Los Angeles on August 13, 2013. He was 54. Fred was born in October  19,1958 in Michigan. He grew up in Rhode Island and has been in California since a teenager. He went to high School in San Diego County, College at UC Berkeley, and has been in Los Angeles since the late eighties. He was married to Costumer/Costume Designer Winifred Kennamer (nee Clements) and has three children.

Fred was an assistant director and production manager on “Oblivion” (1994).

Spaghetti Western Locations

Continuing our search for film locations for “Death Rides a Horse”. Walcott and his henchmen rob his own bank killing the two guards. They blow up the safe and entrance to the bank making it look like it was an attack by an unknown gang. After leaving town they dump Ryan along the trail. The posse finds Ryan and arrest him as a member of the gang that robbed the bank.

The location of the bank robbery is Texas Hollywood / Fort Bravo which today is a tourist attraction in Tabernas, Spain


For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Captain Douglas’ excellent website:              
and Yoshi Yasuda’s location site:

Happy 80th Birthday Nando Angelini

Fernando ‘Nando’ Angelini was born on August 17, 1933 in San Benedetto del Tronto, Marche, Italy. Angelini would appear in over 70 films as mainly a character actor. He’s probably best remembered for his performance in “Il sorpasso” (“The Life”) (1962) directed by Dino Risi where he played the part of Amedeo and in 1960 he also worked with Mario Mattioli for the making of the film “Signori si nasce”. Nando appeared under the aliases Nik Angel, Fernando Angeli, Fernando Angelini, Fernand Angels.
In addition to his acting career Nando Angelini worked as an assistant director in the film comedy by Luigi Zampa “Il medico della mutual” (1968), and again as assistant director in the film by Antonio Margheriti “Nude ... si muore” (1968). His last appearance which was uncredited was in “The Young, the Evil and the Savage” (1968).
Nando appeared in six westerns from “A Dollar of Fear” in 1960 to “A Golden Sheriff” in 1966.
Today we celebrate Nando Angelini’s 80th birthday.