Saturday, May 5, 2018

50th Anniversary of I Do Not Forgive… I Kill!

Today in 1968 saw the release of Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent’s “Fedra West” aka “I Do Not Forgive... I Kill!” in the U.S.A. The story is about Don Ramon’s son Stuart who returns home after being away for several years studying to become a lawyer at the beckoning of his father. Don Ramon has married a young Mexican woman after the death of Stuart’s mother. Sent away as a child to avoid problems with Fedra, Stuart now returns a man. Fedra has feelings for Stuart beyond that of a mother’s love. These feelings bring about the tragic destruction of the entire family. The story was based on the Greek myth of Phaedra.

The film starred veteran Hollywood ‘B’ actor James Philbrook who went to Europe to try and continue and revive his career. He made eight European films between 1966 and 1975, four of which were westerns.

Fedra West - Spanish title
Fedra West - tragedia al sol - Spanish title
Io non perdono... uccido - Italian title
Pas de pardon, je tue - French title
Eu não perdoo... mato - Portuguese title
Fedra West - English title
Phaedra West - U.S.A. title
I Do Not Forgive... I Kill! - U.S.A. title

A 1967 Spanish, Italian cp-production [Estudios Ballesteros, Aitana Films (Madrid)]
Producer: José Luis Jerez (José Luis Jerez Aloza)
Director: J. L. Romero Marchent (Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent)
Story: J. L. Romero Marchent (Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent), Giovanni Simonelli, Víctor Aúz(Victor Castro), Bautista Lacasa (Juan Nebot), Jose Luis Hernández Marco
Screenplay: J. L. Romero Marchent (Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent), Giovanni Simonelli,Víctor Aúz (Victor Castro), Bautista Lacasa (Juan Nebot), José Luuis Hernández Marco
Cinematography: Fulvio Testi [Eastmancolor, Totalvision]
Music: Piero Piccioni
Running time: 91 minutes

Don Ramon/Raymond James Philbrook
Fedra/Wanda Norma Bengell (Norma Benguell)
Stuart Simón Andreu (Simón Trobat)
José Emile G. Caba (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba)
Isabelle Alvarez Mary Silva (María Rodríguez)
Julio Alvarez Alfonso Rojas (Alfonso González)
Fedra’s/Wanda’s brother Luis Induni (Luigi Radici)
Maria Mary C. Cumani (Maria Quasimodo)
outlaws Giancarlo Bastianoni, Álvaro de Luna (Álvaro Blanco) Alonso dela Vega, Carlos Romero (Carlos Marchent)
Don Ramon cowboy Javier Maiza
with: Ralph Hernández (Rafael Herrero), Anthony Padilla (Antonio Padilla), J.R. Solis (Joaquín Sols del Cerro)

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