Saturday, February 23, 2019

Who Are Those Composers ~ Douglas M. Lackey

Douglas Myron Lackey was born in Sacramento, California on August 10, 1932. He grew up in Petaluma, California and played in several Marching Bands. He was also the Valedictorian of his graduating class.

Lackey was educated at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and became a prolific composer of film and television scores, He has also composed the musical scorings for a number of industrial motion pictures. Joining the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1963, his chief musical collaborator was Gene Kauer. He may best be remembered as the music editor for 22 episodes of the TV series “Family Guy” for which he won 2 Golden Reel Awards.

Douglas Lackey died in Woodland Hills, California on June 22, 2016.

LACKEY, Douglas M. (aka Douglass Lackey, Douglas Lackey, Doug Lackey, Doug Lacky) (Douglas Myron Lackey) [8/10/1932, Sacramento, California, U.S.A. – 6/22/2016, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.] – composer, songwriter, musician (French Horn), film editor, married to Rosemary Helen Connor [1937-2017] (1965-2016) father of Michele Marie Lackey [1969-    ], Elizabeth Ann Lackey [1973-     ].
The Proud and the Damned – 1968 (co)

Special Birthdays

Denis Arndt (actor) is 80 today.

Friday, February 22, 2019

SW Trivia ~ The Wing and the Wang

One of the most interesting actors in the Euro-western genre was George Wang, whose reaal name was Wang Chunyang. He was born in Liao Ning Andong Province, China in 1926 and got his start in the Chinese film industry before he was involved in a Chines produced movie that was filmed in Italy. He was so taken aback by the country and was immediately found himself in high demand as one of the only Oriental actors available to play villains. He wound up appearing in more than a dozen Spaghetti Westerns. He moved to Hong Kong in 1978 and started a film production company there. George died of a heart attack in 2015 at age 96.

RIP Clifton Brandon

American production manager Clifton Brandon died on September 20, 2018, he was 91. Brando was born Clifton Allan Brandon in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 26, 1927. He began his career as a second assistant director and gained his first experience as a production manager on ‘The Errol Flynn Theatre’ (1956-1957). He went on to work on films including “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964) and “The Mechanic” (1972). He was a production supervisor on the 1972 Euro-western “Chato’s Land”.

RIP Gus Backus

Recording artist and actor Gus Backus has died. The native American died on February 21, 2019 after a long illness in Germering near Bavaria, Germany. Backus was 81 years old. In Germany, hea singer in the 1960s and 1970s, among others, with hits such as ‘Brauner Bär und weiße Taube’, ‘Da sprach der alte Häuptling der Indianer’ and ‘Der Mann im Mond’ were famous recordings. Born in Long Island, New York under the name Donald Edgar Backus on September 12, 1937, the singer came to Wiesbaden in the mid-50s as a US soldier. In addition to several chart successes in Europe, Backus also had engagements as an actor. He had his most famous appearance in the Austrian comedy film "Unsere tollen Tanten" (1961) with his ‘Sauerkraut Polka’. He was also a member of the American singing group The Dell-Vikings whose big hit was “Whispering Bells in 1957. Backus appeared as Fryer in the 1969 German TV western “Pistolen-Jenny”   

New DVD Blu-ray release

Mehr tot als lebendig
(A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die)

Director: Franco Giraldi
Starring: Alex Cord, Robert Ryan, Arthur Kennedy, Nicoletta Macchiavelli

Country: Germany
Label: Colosseo Film
Discs: 2
Region: B/2
Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
Languages: DTS-HD 2.0:, German, English
Subtitles: German
Running time: 118 minutes
Extras will include the original German theatrical trailer from the Dirty Pictures Archiv, 16 page booklet and interview with Alex Cord
Bonus DVD will include the shorter German version
Released: February 22, 2019