Saturday, November 11, 2017

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Death Rides Alone”

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Con lui cavalca la morte” (Death Rides Alone) starring Mike Marshall, Helen Chanel, Paolo Giusti Carol Andre and Robert Hundar. Marshall was the son of director William Marshall and actress Michèle Morgan. Mike would also star in the 1968 Euro-western “Vendo cara la pelle” (I'll Sell My Skin Dearly).

Con lui cavalca la morte – Italian title
Com Ele Cavalga a Morte – Brazilian title
Tödlicher Ritt – German title
Tödlicher Ritt nach Sacramento – German title
En kula for var och er – Swedish title
Yasamak icin dua et! – Turkish title
Pony Express – U.K. title
Death Rides Alone – English title

A 1967 Italian production [Intalcine TV, Piciene (Rome)]
Producer: Franco Palombi, Gabriele Silvestri, Enzo Bulgarelli
Director: Joseph Warren (Giuseppe Vari)
Story: Augusto Caminito, Fernando di Leo
Screenplay: Augusto Caminito, Fernando di Leo, Adriano Bolzoni
Cinematography: Amerigo Gengarelli [Eastmancolor, Cromoscope]
Music: Lallo Gori (Coriolani Gori)
Running time: 92 minutes

Story: Bobby 'Idaho' Kent works as an agent for the pony express. He's asked to go to Sacramento with proof to indite, Bryan Talbot, a corrupt political candidate for Senator against Stuart Cooper. Talbot hires a group of henchmen led by Kriss to try and keep Idaho from completing his mission. Kent is ambushed but rescued by pioneers from a wagon train. Kriss tries to stop Kent again but he and two of his men are killed. Talbot's wife Dolores now hires her ex-lover Luke Prentiss to stop the messenger. Prentiss tracks Idaho down disarms him, hits him and watches as he falls over a cliff. Thinking he's accomplished his task Prentiss returns to Sacramento only to find Kent has reached Sacramento and is able to keep Talbot from winning the election. In his place Cooper is elected Senator.

Bobby 'Idaho' Kent - Mike Marshall (Michael Marshall)
Dolores Talbot - Hélène Chanel
Kriss - Paolo Giusti
Susan - Carole André (Carol Smith)
Luke Prentiss - Robert Hundar (Claudio Undari)
Susan - Carole André (Carol Smith)
Bryan Talbot - Andrea Bosic
Luke Prentiss - Peter Martell (Pietro Martellanza),
Jeremiah - John McDouglas (Giuseppe Addobbati)
Warwick - Attilio Severini
Susan’s mother - Luisa Della Noce (Maria Della Noce)
Man killed in church - Alfredo Adami
Talbot cook - Amerigo Santarelli
Talbot henchman - Amerigo Castrighella, Claudio Ruffini
With: Giorgio Gargiullo, Carlo Gaddi, Paola Natale, Bruno Arié, John Bryan (Gianni Brezza)

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