Monday, September 30, 2013

Who Are Those Gals - Isabella Biagini

Concetta Biagini was born in Rome, Italy on December 19, 1942. She debuted in childhood as a radio actress and advertising model. At 14 she entered the Miss Italia competition, and in the same year made her film debut in a minor role in Michelangelo Antonioni's “Le Amiche”. Later in the 1960s Biagini worked in radio and television and posed for many fotonovelas. On the small screen she achieved some success not only as a showgirl but also as talented imitator; on the big screen, despite numerous appearances, her roles were usually stereotyped. In recent years Biagini has been an advocate for the homeless and those living in poverty in news columns a condition in which she actually lives. Her daughter Monica died of cancer in 1999.
Appearing under the pseudonym Isabella Biagini she appeared in “Don’t Sing Shoot” a TV musical western and was signed to appear in “Casanova West” a 1967 western that never materialized.
BIAGINI, Isabella (Concetta Biagini) [12/19/1942, Rome, Lazio, Italy -     ] – model, showgirl, radio, TV actress, married to Roberto Romagnani (1960-19??), Piero Campagnola (19??-19??), Martufello (Fabrizio Maturani) [1951-    ] (19??-19??), mother of Moncia Romagnani [19??-1999].
Casanova West – 1967 [film was never made]
Don’t Sing, Shoot (TV) - 1967

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Sella d’argento – Italian title
Solo morti con le scarpe al piedi – Italian title
Montura de plata – Argentinian title
Sela de Prata – Brazilian title
Silla de plata – Columbian title
Manden med Solvsadeln  - Danish title
Hopeasatularatsastaja – Finnish title
Silbersattel – German title
Sifounas sto pistol… akatamahitos – Greek title
I ekdikisi tou pistolero – Greek title
Ezüstnyereg – Hungarian title
Sela de prata – Portuguese title
Saua de argint – Romanian title
Mannen med silversadeln – Swedish title
Batinin Krali – Turkish title
Srebrno sedlo – Yugoslavian title
The Man in the Silver Saddle – English title
They Died With Their Boots On – English title
Silver Saddle – English title
A 1977 Italian title [Rizzoli Film (Rome)]
Producer: Piero Donati
Director: Lucio Fulci
Story: Adriano Bolzoni
Screenplay: Adriano Bolzoni
Cinematography: Sergio Salvati [Technicolor]
Music: Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera (Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi, Vince Tempera)
Song: “Silver Saddle”, “Two Hearts” sung by Ken Tobias (Kenneth Tobias)
Running time: 100 minutes
Roy Blood – Giuliano Gemma
Thomas Barrett, Jr. – Sven Valsecchi
Thomas Barrett – Ettore Manni
Turner – Gianni De Luigi
2-Strike Snake - Geoffrey Lewis
Margaret Barrett – Cinzia Monreale (Cinzia Moscone)
Miss Sheba – Licinia Lentini
Fletcher – Donald O’Brien (Donal O’Brien)
Garrincha – Aldo Sambrell (Aldo Brell)
Sheriff – Philippe Hersent (Bernard Koevoets)
Butch – Sergio Leonardi
Peggy – Karine Stampfer
Sheba’s girls – Ágnes Kalapagos, Anna Maria Tinelli
Gunman – Juan Antonio Rubio (Juan Garcia)

A ten year old boy, reacting to the murder of his father perpetrated by Luke, kills the gunman and becomes Roy Blood, a famous gunfighter and hatred for the Barret family, of which he is employed. Also called "Silver Saddle" Roy saves little Thomas Barrett Jr. who then becomes attached to Roy. Blood decides to take his revenge but is increasingly linked to Thomas Barret Jr., he ends up in the middle of a struggle with Barret Sr., the grandson and his sister Margaret. Before discovering the guilt of the grim old Barrett, Roy Blood is forced to fight on the side of "2-Strike Snake", who faces and kills Turner, Barret’s opponent. Blood eliminates the gang of Garrincha. Being misunderstood by the sheriff, Roy is aided by Shiba, he is able to save Thomas Jr. and his sister.
YouTube Trailer:

Remembering Horst Preusker

Horst Preusker was born on September 29, 1913 in Breslay, Silesia, Germany. After finishing acting lessons in his home town of Breslau, he worked as an announcer on various radio stations and on German television where he became active as an actor.
After the end of World War II, Preusker worked mainly in radio, where he was employed as an announcer, spokesman and director for radio play productions. In the late 1950s he worked as a freelance actor and then focused on voice dubbing, sometimes serving as a dialogue director.
As a film actor, he was involved in some DEFA and DFF film productions beginning in the 1940s and appeared in one Euro-western as Captain Warley in “Chingachgook, the Great Snake” (1967).
Preusker died on May 19, 1976 in East Berlin, Germany. He was only 62. Today we remember Horst Preusker on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Alex Cord continues to nurture writing skills

Gainesville Daily Register
August 1, 2013 

Gainesville — Cooke County resident Alex Cord, renowned actor and writer, has a new book out entitled “Days of the Harbinger” which is receiving five star ratings from those who have been first in line to get a copy.
The premise of the book is “can one man change the way the entire world thinks?” where the main character, jaded movie star Johnny Grant, becomes increasingly discontented with man’s inhumanity to man and begins to be convinced the human race is headed for self-destruction. Frustrated and depressed by his inability to affect changes needed for improvement, Grant hungers for the ultimate power to make a difference despite controlling corruption in government, greed and selfishness in the world.
In his story Cord’s character Grant, on film location in Australia, explicably vanishes. A worldwide frenzy erupts after his disappearance. After being gone for three days, Grant returns with a fantastic explanation for where he has been. 
Grant’s story, lack of evidences of where he has been and search for the truth explodes into worldwide controversy.
“Days of the Harbinger” is the third book written by Cord whose previous novels “Sandsong” published by Warner Books and “A Feather in the Rain” published by Five Star Publications achieved much success and wide acclaim with talks of a future movie on the horizon.
Cord first came on the scene during the 60’s where his avid interest in acting and training at the Actors Studio began his professional career in summer stock theater.
The handsome thespian was soon noticed by Hollywood and he appeared in over 300 TV shows and 35 future films with the likes of Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margaret, Ernest Borgnine, Harrison Ford, George C. Scott, Angela Landsbury, Jean Simmons, Ben Johnson, Bing Crosby, Stefanie Powers, Chuck Connors and others.
One of his more iconic roles was the mysterious eye patched Michael Archangel in the 80’s series “Airwolf.”
Cord said the idea for his latest book had been on his mind for 15 years. The difficulty was in deciding how to write it. Then a couple of years ago, the solution to the book came knocking and he then knew how it should be constructed. He has spent the last two years working on the plot, developing the characters and honing his craft until it was beautifully edited and published this year.
Although he majored in English literature, Cord credits the masters of literature as his greatest teachers.
He said, “I have read all of Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Hemingway and Faulkner as well as other great new writers and you will find that as I read I highlight passages that jump out at me.”
“Character development and description are what make a good story to me,” he continued. “When I read a book or story, the character must jump out at me and I can see them visually and in word. Perhaps my years as an actor strengthen my characterizations.”
Two windows allow soft light into his working office with pictures of family, friends, movie stills and posters dominating the walls. It is a comfortable place of personal history with heavy laden bookcases where instruments of his craft dominate the shelves. One of the family dogs, Chico, sleeps soundly at the door staying close by just in case he is needed to lend a paw or to offer an ear to be scratched.  
Not one to rest on his laurels, Cord is already thinking of his next book he has tentatively called “Conversations with Man,” a collection of interviews from men who offer insights into their thoughts on women.
Cord’s wife Susannah Cord has also urged him to start his autobiography and he is pondering that possibility.
“I have been so blessed in my life and so grateful for everything that has come my way,” Cord continued. “I think that to be successful in anything you have to believe in yourself and your talent. When you have finished what you have set out to do, validation by those who respect  you is so sweet.”

You can purchase “Days of the Harbinger” online at
Autographed copies are available through

Spaghetti Western Locations

In search of film locations for “Return of the Seven”. After the film’s opening credits play over the peaceful Mexican village, we see a small boy pulling a horse at a water wheel while many of the village women wash clothes below.
This location is called Barranc de Pina, Alicante, 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:

[Captain Douglas has dedicated and entire section of his website to “The Return of the Seven” with behind the scenes photos and stories, highly recommended.]

Friday, September 27, 2013

Guess Who I Am

I’m an American actor born in Hollywood in 1929.
I appeared in over 85 TV series and films, one was a Euro-western.
I have a son and daughter who are both actors.
Guess who I am.

No one guessed this week's photo of Don Murray.

New CD Release

Jesse & Lester due fratelli in un posto chiamato Trinita
(Jesse & Lester Two Brothers in a Place Called Trinity)
Composer: Carlo Savina
Director: Renzo Genta, James London (Richard Harrison)
Starring: Richard Harrison, Donal O’Brien
Label: GDM
Tracks: 14
Limited Edition: 500 copies
Total Time: 37:25
Available: September 27, 2013
Track Listing
FINALE) (1:23)

The Silent Valley

La vallée silencieuse – French title
The Silent Valley – International title
A 1909 French production [Lux (Paris)]
Producer: ?
Director: Jean Durand
Story: ?
Screenplay: ?
Cinematography: ? [black & white] 
Running time: ?
Arizona Bill – Joe Hamman (Jean Hamman)
With: Gaston Modot
Another episode in the “Arizona Bill” saga.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

RIP Cándida López

Model, actress and agent, Cándida López Cano has died in Spain. Cándida was the wife of the late actor Aldo Sambrell. She was 77. Cándida was a model and then an actress who sometimes was billed as Candice Kay. After marrying Aldo in 1964 she became his agent as well as for the late Frank Braña, Luis Barboo and several other Spanish actors. Cándida and Aldo had one son Alfredo Xavier Sánchez Cavaleiro.

Candida appeared in two Euro-westerns: Al oeste de Río Grande - 1983 (Mrs. Sanchez) [as Candice Kay] and Cuando Erasmos Pistoleros - 2012 [as Candida Lopez de Sambrell]

New Spanish Western Short

Descenso al infierno – Spanish title
Descent Into Hell – English title
A 2012 Spanish production
Producers: Bernat Oliva, Anna Arnau, Sergi Arnau, Jaume Najarro
Director: Sergi Arnau
Story: Sergi Arnau
Screenplay: Sergi Arnau
Cinematography: Sergio Gimenez, Edu Jimenez [color]
Music: Pol Parés
Running time: 19 minutes
Old - José María Blanco
Grilletes - Pau Barredo (Pau Barredo Aparicio)
Verdugo - Pere Nuñez
Villagers - Fernando Cruz,
Man with knife - Toni López
With: Mariano Manichi, Joan Peiró

An old cowboy, that lives isolated in the mountains and haunted by his past, decides to return to his village. On reaching the village he finds all the villagers murdered and upon reaching the the chapel he finds his brother has been hung and burned. He decides to cross the mountains in search of his former enemies.

Trailer link:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

2013 Almeria Western Film Festival

La Voz de Almería  
September 24, 2013
The third annual Almeria Western Film Festival (AWFF 2013) , the first European festival dedicated exclusively to the Western film genre, will be held October  2, 3 , 4 and 5, at three spectacular locations: the Teatro Municipal de Tabernas, Mini Hollywood Oasys Theme Park, and the movie studio Fort Bravo .
Started in 2011, the AWFF is twofold. On the one hand, it promotes the cultural value of the Western film genre through promoting the latest films made by great directors, the classics and the support of professionals in this industry’s film world.
In addition, the festival promotes tourism and environmental value in Tabernas, thanks to its natural settings, it’s the point on the map in which hundreds of movies were filmed the mythical genre in 1960s and 1970s.
Film Contest
This year , the festival will have ten films competing in the official section, starting with “Django Unchained “ (USA), “Cooperhead” (USA), “Undead Men” (Italy), “Hannah’s Law” (Canada / USA), “West Of Thunder” (USA) , “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter “ (USA), “Dead Man's Burden “ (USA),  “El aparecido” (Argentina), “Goodnight For Justice: Queen Of Hearts” ( USA) and “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez” (USA) .
Also screening but not in competition: the films “Pistoleros de Arizona” (Spain/Italy/Germany), "Los profesionales de la muerte” (Spain/Italy), “The Debacle” (USA), and “La muerte cumple condena” (Spain/Italy).
On the other hand, the will also be the shorts “La muerte lo seguía” (Spain), “Descenso al infierno” (Spain), “La venganza de Mauricio” (México), “La carta” (Spain), “Um de nos morre hoje” (Brasil), “The Men Who Were Shot In The Lungs’ (Holland), “El hombre sin tiempo” (Spain), “Nosotros somos justicia” (Spain) and “Ça caille a l’ombre” (France).
On the program at the Almeria Western Film Festival 2013 will be offered lectures, forums, awards, tributes, relaxed meetings, classic films, short films, The socio-cultural even is being promoted and organized by the City of Tabernas, Mini Hollywood Oasys Theme Park and the movie studio Fort Bravo. Jury members include actors Robert Woods, George Hilton, Charly Bravo, Simone Blondell, Mónica Randall and Rafael Romero Marchent.
The festival also features the sponsorship of the Government of Andalusia, Andalusia Tourism and Almería City Council, which will make known to all the film and tourism possibilities of Tabernas and the entire area of the region.
In its third edition, the AWFF re-affirms, therefore, its position as the first Western European festival, with a more comprehensive program and directed to an increasingly wide audience, of the young and enthusiastic fan, with special sessions devoted to children, more movies, more surprises and more activities.
The festival will award a special jury prize, the audience award, and an honorary award. All information about the event can be found on the web


Le gardien des espirits – French title
O Espirito de Silencio – Brazilian title
Schweigende Zungue – Die Rache der Geister – German title
Siopili glossa – Greek title
Cicha Zemsta – Polish title
Lengua silenciosa – Spanish title
Ghost Rider – Indian Magic – Swedish title
Tand for tunga – Swedish title
Silent Tongue – U.S.A. title
A 1993 French production [Belbo Films, Alive Films, Canal+ (Paris)]
Producers: Ludi Boeken, Carolyn Pfeiffer
Director: Sam Shepard (Samuel Rogers)
Story: Sam Shepard (Samuel Rogers)
Screenplay: Sam Shepard (Samuel Rogers)
Cinematography: Jack Conroy [Deluxe color, Panavision]
Music: Patrick O’Hearn
Running time: 106 minutes
Prescott Roe – Richard Harris
Awbonnie/Ghost – Sheila Tousey
Eamon McCree – Alan Bates
Talbot Roe – River Phoenix
Reeves McCree – Dermot Mulroney
Velada McCree – Jeri Arredondo
Silent Tongue – Tantoo Cardinal (Rose Cardinal)
Comic – Bill Irwin (William Irwin)
Straight man – David Shiner
Medicine Show Band – Red Clay Ramblers
Midget acrobats – Arturo Gil, Joseph Griffo
Petrified man – Billy Beck (Frank Billerbeck)
Boy tap dancer – Philip Attmore
Kiowa drummer – Al Lujan
Fire-eater – Devino Trioche
Contortionist – April Tatro
Stagecoach driver – Tim Carroll
Young Reeves – Nicholas Ortiz y Pino
Buffalo hunter – Robert Harnsberger
Owner – Fred Maio
Easterners – David E. Wynne, Sky Fabian, Leslie Fleming-Mitchell
Prostitute – Jill Momaday
Prairie girl – Lyn Davis (Lynne Davies)
‘The Lone Man’ – Tim Scott (Timothy Scott)
Stunts: Micki Dahn Akard, James ‘Scotty’ Augate, Pat Judge Hall, Alvin William ‘Dutch’ Lunaki, Shelly Bird Matthews, Allan R.J. Joseph

A young man named Talbot Roe, has gone insane over the death of his wife. Talbot's father, Prescott Roe feels his son's pain and wants to find him a new wife. He goes back to the place where he bought Talbot's first wife, from Eamon McCree. He finds the dead wife's sister, who is a champion horse rider and Mr. McCree's daughter, which makes her only half-Indian. Roe asks McCree if he could have his last daughter for his son, but McCree refuses. Then, Roe kidnaps her and tries to get her to help him, and she takes the deal for gold and four horses. But Talbot isn't taking any chances on her—he's too afraid that she'll try to take his wife's corpse from him. And for the last few nights, he sees the ghost of his dead wife, who wants him to destroy her corpse, but he won't.
YouTube Trailer:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Animated Short Film

Rob 'n Ron – International title
A 2013 Danish production [Tumblehead Animation, Anis, Den Westdanske Filmpulje (Viborg)]
Producer: Magnus Igland Møller, Peter Smith
Director: Magnus Igland Møller, Peter Smith
Story: Mads Juul
Screenplay: Mads Juul
Animation: Christian Bøving-Andersen, Eva Lee Wallberg, Lars Ellingbo, Peter Smith
Music: Thomas Richard Christensen, Peter Smith, Jody Ann Ghani, Sia Sondergaard
Running time: 4 minutes
Story: two out-law brothers discover that, life is what happens to you, just as you're busy doing other things.

Animated figures
YouTube complete film:

Who Are Those Guys? - Edy Biagetti

Edgardo ‘Edy’ Biagetti is an Italian stage and film actor. His main activity in the world of cinema is that of a character and supporting actor. One of his most interesting works was his participation in the film “Tototruffa '62” (1961) by Camillo Mastrocinque. In 1962, he also worked with Luciano Salce in the making of the film “La voglia” where he played the part of the physician. Biagetti appeared in three Euro-westerns and his last film appearance was in 1984’s “Coarse Salt”. In all Edy has appeared in over 30 film and TV appearances.

BIAGETTI, Edy (aka Edoardo Biagetti Eddy Viagetti) (Edgardo Biagetti) [Italian] – stage actor.
Bullets and the Flesh – 1964 (Indian)
I Came, I Saw, I Shot – 1968 [as Edi Biagetti]
The White the Yellow, and the Black - 1972

Monday, September 23, 2013


Lo straniero di silenzio – Italian title
The Silent Stranger – U.S.A. title
Hiljainen muukalainen – Finnish title
Le cavalier et le samourai – French title
Der Schrecken von Kung Fu – German title
Der Fremde und der Samurai – German title
O cowboy kai o samurai – Greek title
Horseman and Samurai – English title
Samurai on a Horse – English title
The Stranger Takes All – English title
The Stranger III – English title
The Stranger in Japan – English title
A 1968 Italian, U.S.A., Japanese co-production [Primex Italiana (Rome), ABKCO Industries, Inc (New York City), Reverse (Tokyo)
Producers: Allen Klein, Tony Anthony (Roger Petitto), Roberto Infascelli
Director: Vance Lewis (Luigi Vanzi)
Story: Tony Anthony (Roger Petitto)
Screenplay: Vincenzo Cerami, Giancarlo Ferrando, Lloyd Battista, Tony Anthony (Roger Petitto)
Cinematography: Mario Capriotti [Metrocolor]
Music: Stelvio Cipriani
Running time: 92 minutes
‘The Stranger’ – Tony Anthony (Roger Petitto)
‘The American’ – Lloyd Battista
Matori – Kin Omae
Gunman – William Conroy
White-Eye – Raf Baldassarre (Raffaelle Baldassarre)
Princess – Rita Maura
With: Satô (Kyôichi Satô), Kanji Ohara, Yoshio Nukano

The film opens with ‘The Stranger’ traversing the Klondike goldfields, but the action is soon transferred to the interiors of a miner’s shack. The Stranger obtains a mysterious scroll with the promise of payment if the scroll is delivered to a certain Matori in Japan. The Stranger then is seen arriving in Japan. The Stranger slowly explores the unknown territory, of the narrow streets and nooks of a Japanese village. He  encounters some problems such as unfriendly samurais, a tong war, and ‘The American’ who owns and operates a machine gun. The Stranger is pushed into a deluge of events and uncovers reasons of ever present hatred and violence. He tries to exploit the situation and soon finds out it´s a cut-throat game, especially when it comes down to the family matters of the various Japanese clans. Eventually all ‘The Stranger’ wants to do is deliver the scroll collect his payment and leave.

YouTube trailer:

Remembering Maria Perschy

The gorgeous brunette Herta-Maria Perschy was born on September 23, 1938, in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, Austria. Maria moved to Vienna at age 17 to study acting at the prestigious Max Reinhardt Seminar. After finishing her education in Vienna, Perschy moved to Germany for further training and began her career acting in German comedies in the mid-1950s. She went on to act in an eclectic array of movies in such genres as drama, horror, Western and action/adventure, made in Europe and the U.S.A.. Maria was usually cast in sexpot roles in her English-language films. She was nominated for the Golden Laurel Award for Top Female New Face in 1964. In 1971 she suffered a burn injury while filming a movie in Spain and underwent several operations before resuming her career. In 1977 she moved to Los Angeles and was married to writer John Melson [1930-1983] who committed suicide in 1983. In 1985 she moved back to her native Austria and continued to act in both plays and TV series.
Maria Perschy died from cancer at age 66 on December 3, 2004; she was married twice and was survived by a daughter.
Maria appeared in three Euro-westerns: “Bandits of the Rio Grande” (1965), “The Tall Women” (1966) and “Seven for Pancho Villa” (1967).
Today we remember Maria Perschy on what would have been her 75th birthday.

Remembering Ernst Kalinke

Ernst W. Kalinke was born on September 23, 1918 in Berlin, Germany. He was trained in film composition and began in 1934 as a camera assistant. Kalinke became a cinematographer after the Second World War.
In the 1960s Kalinke was the first choice for the cinematographer of the Karl May and Edgar Wallace movies. The first of the Karl May movies “The Treasure of Silver” he captured on celluloid as well as Winnetou I, II, III. The first Edgar Wallace film, “Der Frosch mit der Maske” goes on his resume as well as the most successful productions “Der unheimliche Mönch” and “Die blaue Hand”.
In later years Kalinke photographed very different projects behind the camera, including Ludwig Ganghofer films, and the ambitious works “Anita Drögemöller und die Ruhe” and “Der Ruhr und Der Bockerer”. Several movies such as “Lederhosenfilme” and used the pseudonym Rainer Ernst for his only directorial effort “Die liebestollen Lederhosen” in 1982. In his last years he was limited to additional films as “Schtonk!” by Helmut Dietl. Kalinke died in Munich, Germany on January 14, 1992.
Today we remember one of the great cinematographers of the Euro-westerns: Enrst W. Kalinke on what would have been his 95th birthday.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

RIP Luciano Vincenzoni

One of the great Italian screenwriters, Luciano Vincenzoni died in Rome today September 22 at the age of 87. Born in Treviso in 1926, he worked with Pietro Germi, for whom he wrote “Il Ferroviere”, “Seduced and Abandoned” and “The Bees”; for Dino De Laurentiis “La grande Guerra”, “Il gobo”, “I due nemici”, for Sergio Leone “For a Few Dollars More”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “A Fistful of Dynamite”, and for Giuseppe Tornatore “Malena”. Vincenzoni was held in high esteem in Hollywood, and was a friend of Billy Wilder. He wrote screenplays more than 60 films including 6 Euro-westerns.

First Day of Autumn 2013

Spaghetti Western Locations

In search of filming locations for “The Return of the Seven”. The film opens with the credits playing over a Mexican village. We see the villagers busy, going about doing their daily chores as the credits role.
The location for the village seen in the opening credits is Serra del Castellar and is located near Puente de la Palmera.

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:


[Captain Douglas has dedicated and entire section of his website to “The Return of the Seven” with behind the scenes photos and stories. Highly recommended.]

Remembering Dean Reed

Dean Cyril Reed was born on September 22, 1938, in Denver Colorado. He went to Hollywood where he signed a record contract with Capitol Records in 1958, but his third single, "Our Summer Romance" was so popular in South America he went on tour there. More became more popular than Elvis Presley, and stayed to enjoy his incredible fame in Chile, Peru and Argentina. He made albums, starred in movies and had his own television show in Buenos Aires. He was known as ‘Mr. Simpatia’ because he worked free in barrios and prisons and protested US policy, nuclear bomb tests etc. His politics moved to the left but he never joined the Communist party. He was deported from Argentina in 1966 and ended up in Rome, where he made "Spaghetti westerns" for several years. He made his first concert tour of the Soviet Union in 1966 and became a mega star there and in Eastern Europe. He continually got into trouble with the U.S. State Department for protesting the Vietnam War and attending International Peace Conferences. He moved to East Germany in 1973 where he made numerous albums, starred in and wrote and directed his own films
His last visit to the U.S. in late 1985 where he was encouraged to make a career for himself back home, especially if he could return with his current project in hand, a movie about the war between AIM and the FBI at Wounded Knee, 1973. An East German/Soviet Union co-production, the film had taken years to get off the ground. Just days before shooting was due to begin, Dean Reed's body was found in a lake near his home outside of East Berlin. He had been missing for several days. Many close to him in the GDR suspected suicide; his family and friends in America believed he was murdered by the KGB.
Reed made nine Euro-westerns from “Buckaroo” in 1967 to “Sing Cowboy, Sing” in 1981. He’s probably best remembered for his role as Ballantine in 1970’s “Adios Sabata” with Yul Brynner.
Today we remember singer, actor, screenwriter, director Dead Reed on what would have been his 75th birthday.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

RIP Michel Brault

Michel Brault a Quebec cinematographer, cameraman, film director, screenwriter and film producer died of a heart attack in Toronto, Onataio, Canada today September 21, 2013. Born June 25, 1928 Montréal, Québec, Canada, he was a leading figure of Direct Cinema, characteristic of the French branch of the National Film Board of Canada in the 1960s. Brault was a pioneer of the hand-held camera aesthetic.
In the 1960s, Brault collaborated with the French Nouvelle Vague, notably with Jean Rouch, and introduced the cinéma vérité techniques in Europe. He directed his first documentary short film for the National Film Board, the influential Les Raquetteurs in 1958. He was also the cinematographer for a number of key Canadian films of the 1970s such as Claude Jutra's “Kamouraska” and “Mon Oncle Antoine” and Francis Mankiewicz's “Les Bons débarras”.
In 1974, Brault directed “Les Ordres”, about the 1970 October crisis and won the 1975 Cannes Film Festival award for best director and the 1975 Canadian Film Award for best direction. His 1989 film “The Paper Wedding” was entered into the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.
Brault was the cinematographer on the 1984 TV Euro-western “Louisiana”.


Il segno di Zorro – Italian title
El capitan Intrepido – Spanish title
Le signe de Zorro – French title
Zorro, der Mann mit den zwei Gesichtern – German title
Kaksintaistelu Rio Grandessa – Finnish title
Zorron merkki – Finnish title
A Marca da Vingança – Brazilian title
Monomahia sto Rio Grande – Greek title
I Zorros fodspor – Norwegian title
Duell vid Rio Grande – Swedish title
Duel at the Rio Grande – U.K. title
The Mark of Zorro – English title
The Sign of Zorro – English title
A 1962 Italian, Spanish, French, German co-production [Producciones Benito Perojo (Madrid), Compagna Cinematografica Mondiale (Rome), Fides Films (Paris), Rapid Film (Munich)]
Producers: Benito Perojo, Harry Joe Brown
Director: Nick Jordan (Mario Caiano)
Story: Guido Malatesta
Screenplay: Guido Malatesta, Casey Robinson (Kenneth Robinson), André Tabet (Georges Tabet), Arturo Rigel
Cinematography: Adalberto Albertini, Luigi Filippo Carta [Eastmancolor, Dynascope]
Music: Gregorio Garcia Segura
Running time: 90 minutes
Don Ramón Martínez y Rayol/Slavatore/Zorro – Sean Flynn
José – Folco Lulli
Señora Gutiérrez – Gaby André  (Bagrielle Andreu)
General Rodrigo Gutiérrez – Armando Calvo (Armando Lespier)
Manuela – Danielle de Metz
Don Luis – Mino D’Oro (Mino Doro)
Captain Martin/Lieutenant Martino – Mario Petri (Mario Pezzetta)
Governor – Enrique Diosdado
Mercedes – Helga Line (Lisa Stern)
Captain Gomez – Giulo Bosetti
Alcalde – Carlo Tamberlani (Francesco Tamberlani)
Padre Díaz – Gig Bonos (Luigi Bonos)
Señora Martinez y Rayol – Yvette Lebon (Simone Lebon)
Sergeant – Remo de Angelis
Lieutenant – José Canalejas
Mario – Walter Barnes
Romero – Pietro Ceccarelli (Piero Ceccarelli)
Professor – Leonardo Colapetro
Julian – Miguel del Castillo
Miguel – Gigi Bonos (Luigi Bonos)
Rocio - Maria Carmen Encaldo
Herrero – Piero Lulli
Francesco – Aldo Cecconi
Ventera – Tony Soler (Toñi Soler)
Sheriff – José Villasante
Señora de Echague/Galiardo – Maruja Tamayo
Politician – Fernando Poggi (Ferdinando Poggi)
Aristocrat – Ugo Sasso
Mexican – Xan das Bolas (Tomás Pena)
Fighter – Guido de Angelis
Padre Gómez - John Teixeira (Virgilio Delgado Teixeira)
Cocinero – Gisella Monaldi
Servant – Alfredo Rizzo
Mexican peons – Nicola Di Pinto, Patrizio Florio
Boy – Saverio Chiarappa
With: Omero Capana, Guido Celano, Manuel de Blas (Manuel Muñoz), Armand Galou, Patrick Madden, Manrico Melchiorre, Carlo Rizzo, Tonio Selwart (Anton Selwart), Vittorio Bonos, Mimo Billi (Domenico Billi), Mila (Mila Valenza), Luccio Dell’Aera, Rino Valerio, Giusepinno Caldarazzo, Giovanni Coppi, Mario Maggiolini

The young Don Ramón Martínez, accompanied by his faithful friend José, travels to Mexico to meet his father, exiled there twenty years earlier. On arrival he is given some sad news: his father was killed, by General Gutierrez, dictator of the region and has taken possession of his fortune. The oppression by Gutierrez, who stripped the people of all their possessions, causes Ramon to take his place alongside a group of conspirators, in order to restore peace and justice in the country. Using the name of Zorro, Ramon makes ​​several attacks that force the dictator to flee. The region now liberated, Ramon can take back the name and the wealth of his father.

YouTube trailer:

Happy 85th Birthday Giancarlo Badessi

Giancarlo Badessi was born on September 21. 1928 in Rome, Italy as Giancarlo Badese. A multifaceted artist who was well appreciated since the early 1970s, a period during which he participated in many successful films. After an initial career as an accountant, had appeared in the theater around the age of forty, working with Giancarlo Cobelli in the play “La caserma delle fate”, which was later made ​​into the film “Stop the World ... I Want to Get Off” directed by Cobelli. Since 1967 he starred in numerous films as a character actor, becoming a familiar face on television in commercials.
Some of his best remembered roles were as Mr. Erickson in “What Have You Done to Solange?” (1972). In 1977, he played Cerullo, in “A Man Called Magnum”. The same year he was cast in Squadra antitruffa ("Fraud Squad") which starred David Hemmings. Badessi appeared in seven Euro-westerns from “Ace High” (1967) as the boxing promoter, to “Hallelujah to Vera Cruz” (1973).
Giancarlo died in Rome on December 6, 2011 at the age of 82. Today we remember Giancarlo Badessi on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Guess Who I Am

I am an American actress born in Chicago, Illinois in 1940.
I’ve appeared in over 60 films and TV appearances winning a Golden Globe award in 1975.
I appeared in two Euro-westerns.
Guess who I am.

Antonio Rosa correctly identified this week's photo as that of Raquel Welch.

RIP Amidou

The actor Amidou , the first Moroccan actor to have made a name in France, died Thursday September 19, 2013 evening in a Paris hospital as a result of disease. He was 78.
Mohammed Amidou Benmessaoud his real name, was born August 2, 1935 in Rabat, Morocco.
The first Moroccan actor to have won an acting award at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, he started in the theater with Madeleine Renaud and Jean-Louis Barrault in "Les Paravents The Screens" by Jean Genet at the Odeon in 1968 .
The dark complexioned actor with a warm smile and charming eyes had a successful career in cinema.
He became one of the favorite actors of Claude Lelouch turning out 10 films with him, the first feature from director "Le propre de l'homme" in 1960.

Speaking English, he also had a career in the United States with films by William Friedkin "The Sorcerer", "Rules of Engagement ", Otto Preminger "Rosebud", John Huston "Victory is Ours", John Frankenheimer "Ronin", Tony Scott "Spy Game". He’s remembered by Spaghetti western fans as Cocoa Bud Spencer’s Indian sidekick in “Buddy Goes West” (1981).

Who Are Those Guys? - Jackie Bezard

Jacques Gaston Bézard was born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France on July 9, 1930. Bézard was a French producer and film actor who appeared in over 30 films starting with “A Woman of Evil” in 1954. His last film appearance was in “Général... nous voilà!” (1978). His most remembered film was probably his role in “Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill” (1966) in the role of Captain Olson. As Jackie Bézard, he appeared in only one Euro-western: “Black Eagle of Santa Fe” as Pasqual in 1964. Jackie died on April 10, 2004 in Sallanches, Haute-Savoie, France.

BEZARD, Jackie (aka Bézard, Jacky Bezard, Jakie Bezard) (Jacques Gaston Bézard) [7/9/1930, Nancy, Meurthe-et- Moselle, France – 4/10/2004, Sallanches, Haute-Savoie, France] - producer.
Black Eagle of Santa Fe - 1964 (Pasqual)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

RIP Dario De Grassi

Italian actor and voice dubber Dario De Grassi died in Rome, Italy today September 19th. He was 74. De Grassi appeared in four Euro-westerns: “The Man Who Came to Kill” (1965), “Dynamite Joe” as Foster, “My Name is Pecos” as Pratt and “A Taste for Killing as Steve the last three all in 1966.


Il segno di Coyote – Italian title
Il vendicatore di California – Italian title
El vengador de California – Spanish title
La marca del Coyote – Spanish title
Het teken van de Coyote – Dutch title
La griffe du coyote – French title
La signe du coyote – French title
Mit Colt und Maske – German title
I ekdikisi tou coyote – Greek title
The Sign of the Coyote – English title
A 1963 Italian, Spanish co-production [P.E.A. (Rome), Copercines Cooperativa Cinematográfica, Hispamer Films P.C. (Madrid)]
Producer: Aldo U. Passalacqua
Director: Mario Caiano
Story: José Mallorqui (José Figueroa)
Screenplay: José Mallorqui (José Figueroa)
Cinematography: Carlo Fiore, Aldo Greci [Agfacolor]
Music: Francesco De Masi, Manuel Parada
Running time: 80 minutes
Leon/César de Echagüe/Galiardo/’Coyote’ – Fred Canow (Fernando López)
Leonor/Mary Acevedo – María Lux (Luz Galicia)
Governor Parker – Mario Feliciani
Madam Acevedo – Paola Barbara (Paolina Prato)
Lenny – Piero Lulli (Giusva Lulli)
Judge Clemens – Arturo Dominici
Beatrice – Giulia Rubini (Giuliana Rabini)
Señor Diego de Echagüe - Jesús Tordesillas (Jesús Fernández)
Señora de Echagüe - Maruja Tamayo
Lupita – Nadia Marlowa (Nadia Marlova)
‘One Ear’ Raf Baldassarre (Raffaele Baldassarre)
Wilkes – Giuseppe Fortis
Lugones – Fernando Sancho (Fernando Les)
Guard – Pedro Fenollar
Beatrice’s mother – Virginia Field (Ermelinda Siniscalchi de Venosa)
Sergeant Hogg – Alfonso Rojas (Alfonso Melquíades)
Bearded Samaritan – José Jaspe (José Rivas)
Captain Gray – José Marco Davo
Doctor Valdez – Santiago Rivero
Don Goyo’s son – Andrea Scotti
Joaquin Gallardo – Fernando Hilbeck (Fernando Gavalda)
Don Goyo – Félix Fernández (Félix Garcia)
Sheriff – José Villasante
Colonel – Porfirio Tamayo
Lenny henchmen – Simón Arriaga, Gonzalo Esquirez, Antonio Padilla
Army doctor Captain – Luis Rivera
Barman – Agustin Bescos
With: Román Ariznavarreta

In the newly annexed California Yankee officials, led by Governor Parker, discriminate and try to strip the local Hispanic population of their land deeds. Caesar Echagüe, who belongs to an long time family of ranchers, pretending to be a coward and a dandy, but is actually in disguise fighting against injustice under the secret identity of the Coyote. The alleged Caesar simpleton attitude shames his fiancée, Leonor, until Coyote saves her from a plot by the evil Parker and reveals his true identity.



Happy 85th Birthday Adam West

William West Anderson was born on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington. At 14 Adam attended Lakeside School, then went on to Whitman College, where he got a degree in literature and psychology. During his last year of college he also married 17-year-old Billie Lou Yeager.
Adam got a job as a DJ at a local radio station, and enrolled at Stanford for post-grad courses. Drafted into the army, he spent the next 2 years starting military TV stations. Afterwards, Adam and his wife toured Europe, visiting Germany, Switzerland and Italy's Isle of Capri. When the money ran out, he joined a childhood and college buddy, Carl Hebenstreit, who was starring in the kiddie program "The Kini Popo Show" in Hawaii. Adam would eventually replace Carl but not the other star, Peaches the Chimp. In 1956 he was divorced and married Ngatokoruaimatauaia Frisbie. They had a daughter, Jonelle, in 1957 and a son, Hunter, in 1958. In 1959 Adam came to Hollywood. He adopted the stage name "Adam West", which fit his roles, as he appeared in a few westerns.
After seven years in Hollywood, he achieved fame in 1966 in his signature role as Batman, in the wildly popular ABC-TV series "Batman" (1966). The series, which lasted three seasons, made him not just nationally but internationally famous. The movie version, Batman (1966), earned Adam the "Most Promising New Star" award in 1967. The downside was that the "Batman" fame was partly responsible for ruining his marriage, and he would be typecast and almost unemployable for a while after the series ended.
In 1972 he met and married Marcelle Tagand Lear, and picked up two stepchildren, Moya and Jill. In addition, they had two children of their own: Nina West in 1976 and Perrin in 1979. You can't keep a good actor down -- Adam's career took off again, and he has been in about 50 projects since then: movies, TV-movies and sometimes doing voices in TV series. Adam wrote his autobiography "Back to the Batcave" in 1994. One of his most prized possessions is a drawing of Batman by Bob Kane with the inscription "To my buddy, Adam, who breathed life into my pen and ink creation".
West appeared in one Euro-western: “The Relentless Four” (1965). Today we celebrate Adam West’s 85th birthday.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

RIP Richard C. Sarafian

Vanishing Point director Richard C. Sarafian died today in Santa Monica of complications from pneumonia. He was 83. The New York City-born Sarafian had suffered a fall recently where he broke several ribs and back. He contracted the infection while recovering from that incident. Sarafian’s helming of the iconic 1971 car pic was an inspiration to Quentin Tarantino, who gave the director a Special Thanks in the credits of 2007’s car-themed Death Proof. The director was also behind the camera on a number of episodes of TV shows like Batman, I Spy, 77 Sunset Strip and Gunsmoke as well. His last directing job was a 1990 episode of Zorro: The Legend Continues. Sarafian was a presence in front of the camera too. Among his various acting jobs, his good friend Warren Beatty cast him in both Bullworth and Bugsy. Sarafian also was the director on the 1971 Euro-western "Man in the Wilderness" starring Richard Harris.


Remembering Franco Franchi

Franco Franchi was born (Francesco Benenato) on September18, 1928 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He began with small funny performances in the streets using the nickname Ciccio Ferraù. In 1955 he and Ciccio Ingrassia formed a comedy team and acted in low-class stage shows until they were discovered by the movie director Mario Mattoli who gave them two bit parts in "Appuntamento a Ischia" alongside the singer and actor Domenico Modugno. Modugno used them in an important stage performance in the musical comedy "Rinaldo in campo". Franchi & Ingrassia's specialties were low budget, quickly turned movies: twelve of their films were made in one year, one in four Sundays. Their careers really took off in the 1960s. Franco starred in a few dramatic roles such as Luigi Comencini's “Adventures of Pinocchio” (1972), in which they paired memorably as the Fox and the Cat and in the film “Due Marines e un Generale” (1966), with Buster Keaton. Franchi appeared in eleven Euro-westerns from: “Two Mafiamen in the Wild West” (1964) to “Grandson of Zorro” (1975).
Franchi is the father of actor Massimo Franchi [1965- ]. Franco died in Rome, Italy on December 9, 1992. Today we remember Franco Franchi on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Las Cruces: Silver Starr - Italian title
Shuna: the Legend - English title
A 2011 Italian production [West 46th Films (Rome)]
Producer: Alessandro Parrello, Giampaolo Duranti    Massimo Sperati
Director: Emiliano Ferrera
Story: Emiliano Ferrera
Screenplay: Emiliano Ferrera, Igor Maltagliati, Alezzandro Parello   David Tettoni
Cinematography: Cosimo Fiore [color]
Music: Vittorio Giannelli  Emiliano Ferrera
Running time: ?
Shuna – Ada Perotti (Hong Hu)
Joe Galvez – Alex Parrello (Alessandro Parrello)
Randall McNally - Stefano Fregni
Dickins - Franco Trevisi
Stark - Francesco Cabras
Liz – Laura Baldi
with: Enzo Castellari (Enzo Girolami), Simone Pieroni, Francis Goat, Andrea Fitoavanti, Angela Pablico, Marco Caldoro, Hong Hu
Stunts: Angelo Allegretti, Benedetto Lo Monaco

2009 Cast:
Shuna - Monica Pellini, Joe Galvez - Mendez Maurizio Sinibaldi, Sciamana - Vanda Carboni, Zeb - Angelo Amoretti, Stark - Benedetto Lo Monaco, Jhon - Giuseppe Cannistraro, Frank p Emiliano Ferrera, with: Stefano Liberati, Paolo Galiano

New Mexico, 1874. Indians are being persecuted and killed by the Americans. A woman has survived a massacre and with her rifle and Winchester she seeks justice. Known under the name of Shuna, she encounters and kills the brother of Joe Galvez a feared bandit who now wants revenge and a closer of accounts with the Indio, keeper of a secret that concerns them both.

[The film was originally begun in 2009 with Massimo Sperati as Executive Producer and a story by David Tettoni. Director was still Emiliano Ferrera. The cast was completely different even mentioning Giuliana Gemma as a possible participant. The following cast and crew were: Shuna - Monica Pellini, Mendez - Maurizio Sinibaldi, Sciamana - Vanda Carboni, Zeb - Angelo Amoretti, Stark – Benedetto lo Monaco, Jhon - Giuseppe Cannistraro, Frank - Emiliano Ferrerea, Joe - Paolo Galiano and with Stefano Liberati. This production was never completed and two years later in 2011 Shuna: The Legend was completed with the crew and cast listed above.]

YouTube 2009 trailer: