Thursday, March 23, 2017

50th Anniversary The Cold Killer

On this date 50 years ago had its premiere in Rome, Italy. The film was directed by Guido Celano and starred Dan Harrison (Bruno Piergentili), Philip March, Rita Ferrel, and Lilian Faber.
The film was based on the book La montagna spaccata writtern by W. Charlie Reed.

Uccideva a freddo – Italian title
O Colt Assassino – Brazilian title
Tué à froid – French title
To megalo katharma – Greek title
Mataba a sangre fria – Spanish title
The Killer – English title
The Cold Killer – English title

A 1966 Italian production [Palinuro Film (Rome)]
Producer: Guido Celano
Director: William First (Guido Celano)
Story: La montagna spaccata by W. Charlie Reed
Screenplay: George W. Ballor, George Molten (Palmambrogio Molteni), Amid Trail (Amedeo
Cinematography: Angelo Baistrocchi [Eastmancolor, Panavision]
Music: The Wilder Brothers (John Ireson, Weyman Parham)
Songs: “He Wore a Silver Star” sung by The Wilder Brothers (John Ireson, Weyman Parham)
Running time: 92 minutes

Story: A butler named Jose Desmet, has killed his employer, a former District Judge, who at one time, years before, condemned Desmet's father, a famous outlaw, to death. Then Desmet tries to seduce a miner named Salazar's daughter, who is heir to a goldmine. He also kills another woman and the town doctor because they have found out that he was selling weapons to the Indians. A government investigator, Bill McGregor/Walcom, together with the local sheriff, sets out to put an end to Desmet's atrocities and outlawry once and for all.

Bill McGregor/Walcom - Dan Harrison (Bruno Piergentili)
José Desmont - Philip March (Aimé de March)
Helena/Ellen - Rita Ferrel
Miss Becket - Lilian Faber
Judge - Mario Feliciani
Attorney - Attilio Dottesio
Sheriff - Guy W. Ceylon (Guido Celano)
Saloon patron - Ennio Pagliani
Minstrels - The Wilder Brothers (John Ireson, Wayne Parham (Weyman Parham)
Piano player - Luis Barber (Luigi Barbieri)
Priest - Amid Trail (Amadeo Trilli)
Lester – Claudio Ruffini
Desmont henchman - Ennio Pagliani
With: Claude Mealli (Claudio Mealli), Giorgio Bandiera, Luciano Odorisio, Bill Reed, W. Thomas Green

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