Tuesday, December 19, 2017

50th Anniversary of the Premier of Day of Anger

It was 50 years ago today that saw the premier of “I giorni dell’ira” (Day of Anger). In Germany it premiered on January 12, 1968. Westerns were especially popular in Italy at this time. Among the top 15 films of the year, eight were Westerns. The highest-grossing film of the year was “God Forgives... I Don't!”; the second was “Day of Anger” which grossed a total of 1,997,440,000 Italian lire domestically. The Italian board of censors rated “Day of Anger” as V.M.14, meaning it was forbidden to audiences under 14 years of age. In February 1968, Sansone and Chrosicki submitted another version of the film cutting it down to 111 minutes and 11 seconds opposed to the originals 115 minutes and 18 seconds which toned the violent scenes which passed with a "Per Utti" rating allowing it to be viewed by all audiences.

Day of Anger opened in the United States in 1969 with two different versions: a longer one rated M and another one cut to 85 minutes which was re-titled “The Days of Wrath” and “Gunlaw”.

I giorni dell’ira – Italian title
Der Tod ritt dienstags – German title
Hvem Trækker Først – Danish title
Sormi Liipasimella – Finnish title
Le dernier jour de la colere – French title
On m’appelle saligo – French title
Dni gniewu – Polish title
Gigantes em duello – Portuguese title
El dia de la ira – Spanish title
Días de Ira – Spanish title
En framling kom for att hamnas – Swedish title
Oskenli gunler – Turkish title
Blood and Grit – U.K. title
Gunlaw – U.K. title
Days of Wrath – English title
Day of Anger – U.S.A. title

A 1967 Italian, German co-production [Sancrosiap (Rome), Corona Film (Berlin), KG Divina Film (Munich)]
Producer: Enrico Chrosciscki, Alfonso Sansone
Director: Tonino Valerii (Antonio Valerii)
Story: “Der Tod ritt diemstags” by Ron Baker (Rolf O. Becker)
Screenplay: Ernesto Gastaldi, Renzo Genta, Tonino Valerii (Antonio Valerii)
Cinematography: Enzo Serafin (Vincenzo Serafin) [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Riz Ortolani (Riziero Ortolani)
Song: ‘It’s Time to Go” sung by Christa Linder
Running time: 115 minutes

Story: A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption. The tables are turned when Scott Mary uses the lessons taught to him by Frank Talby against his teacher.

Frank Talby - Lee Van Cleef (Clarence Van Cleef, Jr.)
Scott Mary - Giuliano Gemma
Murph Allan Short - Walter Rilla
Gwen/Betty - Christa Linder (Crista Linder)
Vivien Skill/Steel - Yvonne Sanson
Judge Cutcher/Cutchell - Lukas Ammann
Abel Murray - Andrea Bosic (Ignazio Bosic)
Wild Jack - Al Mulock (Alfred Rogers)
Killer - Giorgio Gargiullo
Blind Bill - José Calvo (José Salgado)
Turner - Ennio Balbo
Deputy Sam Corbitt - Hans-Otto Alberty
Ellie/Eileen Cutcher - Anna Orso
Owen White - Benito Stefanelli
Marshal/Sheriff Nigel - Nino Nini
Slim - Franco Balducci
Bowie Cantina owner - Ricardo Palacios (Ricardo Diez)
Deputy Cross - Paolo Magalotti
Mr. Barton - Virgillio Gazzolo
Old Man Perkins - Vladimir Medar
Mackenzie Perkins - Mauro Mannatrizio
Hart Perkins - Romano Puppo
Wild Jack’s henchmen - Sergio Mendizabal (Hermengildo Mendizabel), Alvaro De Luna (Alvaro Blanco)
Turner’s assistant - Fulvio Mingozzi
Mrs. Barton - Eleonora Morana
Barber - Ferruccio Viotti
Stagecoach driver - Antonio Danesi
Saloon patrons - Mirko Baiocchi, Raniero Dorascenzi
Gamblers - Margherita Horowitz, Enzo Mondino, Fulvio Esposti, Franz Colangeli
Townspeople - Enrico Marciani and Dolores Calò
Henchmen – Omero Capanna, Giancarlo Bastianioni, Angelo Susani.
With; Christian Consola, Ferrucico Viotti, Gianni Di Segni, Nazzareno Natale (Natel Nazzarino)


  1. Alberty ist playing a deputy; Sam Corbitt, Barber is Ferruccio Viotti. Nazzareno Natale is credited only. Gambling people are played by Margherita Horowitz, Enzo Mondino, Fulvio Esposti and Franz Colangeli; townspeople are Enrico Marciani and Dolores Calò. Antonio Danesi is a Coachman, Gang Members are Capann and Giancarlo Bastianioni and Angelo Susani. People in the saloon are Mirko Baiocchi and Raniero Dorascenzi.

  2. Thanks Fatman. Changes made. Merry Christmas!