Friday, December 13, 2019

New DVD Releases ~ “Mein Name ist Mallory”, “Showdown In The West”, “Friss den Staub von meinen Stiefeln”

Mein Name ist Mallory
(Mallory Must Not Die)
Director: Mario Moroni
Starring: Robert Woods, Gabriella Giorgelli, Renato Baldini, Teodoro Corra

Country: Germany
Label: Great Movies
Discs: 1
Region: 2, PAL
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (16:9)
Language: DD 2.0 German, Italian
Subtitles: None
Running time: 85 minutes
Extras: None
Released: December 13, 2019

Showdown in the West
(Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End)
Director: Demofilo Fidani
Starring: Hunt Powers, Chet Davis, Gordon Mitchell

Country: Germany
Label: Great Movies
Discs: 1
Region: 2, PAL
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1, 16:9
Language DD 2.0 German, Italian
Subtitles: None
Running time: 84 minutes
Extras: None
Released: December 13, 2019

Friss den Staub von meinen Stiefeln
(Three Bullets for a Long Gun)
Director: Peter Henkel
Starring: Keith Van Der Wat, Peter Henkel

Country: Germany
Label: Studio Hamburg Enterprises
Discs: 1
Region: 2, PAL
Aspect ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Language: DD2.0 German, English
Subtitles: None
Running time: 83 minutes
Extras: t.b.a.
Released: December 13, 2019

Special Birthdays

Arpad De Riso (screenwriter) would have been 110 today, he died in 1983.
Guido Mannari (actor) would have been 75 today, he died in 1988.

Gabriela Roel (actress) is 60 today. 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Spaghetti Western Location ~ Sant’Angelo di Pantanelli

The convent Sant’Angelo di Pantanelli is located in Baschi, Lazio, Italy. It was originally built as a small fort of the Basque Lords (Ghibellines) positioned on the left bank of the Tiber, to face the castle of Corbara dei Montemarte (Guelphs). It is said that in 1218 serious disagreements tore apart the powerful family of the Lords of Baschi. The three sons of Ugolino di Baschi were fighting for questions of interest and soon, it was predicted, there would be a great bloodshed.

St. Francis of Assisi, having learned of this, decided to visit the three brothers Ugolino, Ranieri and Bonconte to put peace between them and convince them to lay down their arms. The Saint succeeded in this difficult task and they, in particular by means of Bonoconte (later to become Fra Rizzerio), to show their gratitude, gave him a " locus " (their fortress) in the woods, now called Pantanelli, located on the left bank of the Tiber where Francesco founded a convent.

St. Francis dedicated it to St. Michael the Archangel (in Hebrew Mi-kala means " who like God ?") To whom he was very devoted.

The Basque Lords chose the convent for their burial (under the current church). From a notarial deed dated June 5, 1235, " the place of the Friars Minor, which belongs to Christ the Lord " already appeared in the " forest of Pantanelli " and already housed some friars and included a small church with a single nave. At the end of the 400 the convent was enlarged and the wooden choir, the refectory and the kitchen were built. The current appearance with the facing portico dates back to 1703. Over the centuries it underwent transformations, the last dating back to the 1700s.

This structure was used as a convent for in the 1973 Euro-western “7 Nuns in Kansas City”

“7 Nuns in Kansas City” - 1973

Special Birthdays

Owen Moore (actor) would hav been 135 today, he died in 1939.

Mavid Popovic (actor) would have been 110 today, he died in 1994.

Beni Deus (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 1989.

Gianfranco Reverberi (composer) is 85 today. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

RIP Bruno Scipioni

Italian theater, film, TV and voice actor Bruno Scipioni died in Rome, Italy on December 5, 2019. He was 85. Born in Rome on July 29, 1934, Scipioni graduated as an accountant and then, in 1958, he attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He started his film career with Kapò (1959) and he was particularly active during the 1960s, usually being cast as a character actor. He was also active on stage, in television series, in commercials and as voice actor. He was the father of voice actor Carlo Scipioni. Scipioni appeared in 10 Euro-westerns: “The Terrible Sheriff” (1962); as a juryman in “4 Bullets for Joe” (1963); as Verdugo in “Heroes of the West” (1963); as Damon henchman “Lost Treasure of the Aztecs” (1964); “Ranch of the Ruthless” (1964); “Renegade Gunfighter” (1965); “A Fistful of Songs” (1966); “0For One Thousand Dollars per Day” (1966); a townsman in  “Ringo and His Golden Pistol” (1966); “The Handsome, the Ugly, and the Stupid” (1967).

New Book Release ~ Spaghetti Western: vol.4

Spaghetti western vol.4
Author: Matteo Mancini

Country: Italy
Publisher: Ass. Culturale Il Foglio
Language: Italian
Pages: 720
EAN: 9788876067815
ISBN: 8876067817
Available: Now

Last volume of a real encyclopedia dedicated to the Italian western and, more generally, to the Italian genre cinema. Matteo Mancini starts from the nascent New Hollywood, from Indian revisionism and from the deconstruction of the myth operated by directors such as Sam Peckinpah, to show the development of the genre in Italy, but also in the world, from America to Turkey, passing through Mexico and Brazil . From the years of the proliferation of the western joke, son of the successes of smiles & punches brought to the top of the box office charts from Trinità, to the attempts of Sergio Leone, now in the guise of producer, to close with the myth in a bittersweet perspective projected to the new that advances with "My name is Nobody" and "A genius, two cronies, a chicken". A loss of identity that leads first to the demented then to attempts at contamination with the martial arts cinema from Hong Kong to find a new biting dimension with the twilight western. Hence the general crisis of the 1980s.

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Dante Cleri

Dante Cleri was born in Rome, Lazio, Italy on March 28, 1910. Cleri was not only active as an actor, but also as a singer. He began his career as an actor in variety shows and Italian theaters of the 1940s and 1950s. During a show at the Teatro Alcyone in Turin in 1961 he was discovered by Aldo Zanfrognini. Aldo just left Brutos Zanfrognini, he proposed to join Cleri as a partner. For six months Cleri remained in the vocal ensemble, with previously scheduled tours in the United States on the plan. After Maccione returns and Zanfrognini decides to start another group, Dante Cleri is kept as a member. Together they founded "Les Cyranos". Other members besides Cleri were Aldo Trentini (saxophone, flute), with his wife Loriana Bassini (solo part), Aristide Cesari (guitar), Piero Querzola (vocals, percussion) and Gilberto Forti (piano, arrangements). Together, the group recorded several records, which also led to various tours. The band even made an appearance in the 1963 film "Sexy High Voltage" by Oscar De Fina. The group disbanded in 1967.

[Dante Cleri with “Les Cyranos”]

Then Dante Cleri returned to acting. He played mostly decent and friendly characters that were seen in Italian comedies. He often appeared with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia. In addition to the comedies, Cleri was also seen in westerns, police and erotic films. One of his best known roles was that of bookkeeper Quintino Braglia in “Il Presidente del Borgorosso Football Club”, along with Alberto Sordi. Another fun role he appeared in was "L'esorciccio". Cleri is probably best remembered for his many roles in the Bud Spencer – Terence Hill films. His engagement began in 1968 in the movie "Ace High". His role was relatively small, as he was seen as a banker without any dialogue. In 1969 followed two more films with the duo. He shot "The Five Man Army" with Bud Spencer and "Boot Hill". Again, his roles were relatively small, as he was seen as the mayor and Fisher's assistant. Two years passed. 1971 came and for Dante Cleri three new job offers. He was hired to play a role in “Trinity is STILL My Name”, “Four Flies on Gray Velvet?”, and “It Can Be Done… Amigo”. Even with these films, the roles were rather small, but in "Four Flies on Gray Velvet" he received his first speaking role alongside Bud Spencer. The merchant was dubbed by Herbert Weißbach. Also in "It Can Be Done… Amigo" he was heard as Doctor Eisenbart, but dubbed by Klaus Miedel. Other Spencer / Hill films with Dante Cleri were "The Hassled Hooker”," "Man of the East", "Even the Angels Eat Beans" and "They Called Him Flatfoot."

However, he was not restrained with only comedy roles, but also some serious character parts such as "Il cinico, l'infame, il violento" playing once again an accountant. He was also active as a voice actor. At the end of the 1970s Dante Cleri ended his career in the entertainment world.

Dante Cleri died in Rome, Italy on March 30, 1982, two days after his 72nd birthday.

CLERI, Dante (aka Cleri Dante) [3/28/1910, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 3/30/1982, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – theater, film, voice, actor singer, member of ‘Les Cyranos’.
Ace High – 1968 (banker)
Boot Hill – 1969 (Fisher’s lawyer)
The 5-Man Army - 1969 (alcalde)
The Unholy Four – 1969 (tug of war announcer)
Trinity Is STILL My Name! - 1971 (veterinarian)
It Can Be Done Amigo – 1972 (doctor) [as Cleri Dante]
Sting of the West – 1972 (restaurant patron)
Man of the East - 1972 (saloon patron)
Another Try, Eh Providence?  - 1973 (Ortega)
Karate, Fists and Bean – 1973 (farmer)
The Man Named Invincible – 1973 (Mayor Clarence Apple)
Shanghai Joe - 1973 (Manuel Omero)
The Crazy Bunch – 1974 (asylum servant)
The Return of Shanghai Joe - 1974 (croupier)
Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro – 1975 (town councilman)
Trinity, the Clown, the Guitar – 1974 (Mr. Walter)

Special Birthdays

Federico G. Larraya (cinematographer) would have been 100 today, he died in 1998.

Philippe March (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in in 1980.

Axel Anderson (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 2012.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Terence Hill and the death of Bud Spencer: The impressive ‘supernatural details.

By Cristina La Bella
November 28, 2019 

Among the Italian cinematographic couples, without a doubt, one of the most beloved is the composed of Bud Spencer, born Carlo Pedersoli, who died in 2016, and Terence Hill, pseudonym of Mario Giroti, now the beloved Don Matteo of the homonymous TV Series, on RAI. Active from 1967 to 1985 (and one last time in 1994 with the movie “Troublemakers”) the two appeared in 18 films together. Among the most famous “They Call Me Trinity”, directed by E.B. Clucher, “Odds and Evens” directed by Sergio Corbucci and “Turn the Other Cheek” by Franco Rossi. The film that saw them work together for the first time was “God Forgives, I Don’t” by Giuseppe Colizzi. It was 1967 and this film, to which a particular anecdote is linked, was mentioned by Terence Hill in the movie eulogy he gave at his friend’s funeral, who died on June 27 three years ago.

Terence Hill, the death of Bud Spencer: the impressive ‘supernatural detail.

Bud Spencer died at the age of 86 in his Rome home due to complications resulting from a fall. “Dad flew peacefully away at 6:15 p.m. He did not suffer, he had all of us beside him and his last words were “Thank you”.” So the son of the former swimmer announced at the death of the well-known actor. Bud Spencer’s funeral took place on June 30th in the Church of the Artists. At the end when his coffin was removed from the church, friends and fans sang the song “Dune Buggy”, the song from the soundtrack of the film “Watch Out We’re Mad”. Obviously he couldn’t miss his lifetime friend Terence Hill who during the funeral, excitedly shared with those present, who came from everywhere, a memory that linked him to Bud Spencer.

The bitter sweet memory on the set of “God Forgives, I Don’t:

“With Bud there was joy and I already knew that we’d meet again, the first words he told me were we will never quarrel!” said Hill, speaking of the spaghetti western myth, in which he revealed a detail ‘supernatural’ linked to the first film they shot together: Carlo was shooting a film in Spain with Giuseppe Colizzi, Il cane the cat and the fox (temporarily entitled “God Forgives Me No?” Bud was the dog and the actor who represented the cat broke his leg and they called me to replace him. I had just arrived on the set Colizzi told me to undress, gave me a shirt, hat and gun and introduced me to Carlo. The first scene was immediately a fist fight. In that film we also invented the way
To fall, which we then taught the Mexican in the movie “They Call Me Trinity”, which took a lot of beating.

Nothing happens by chance, “Terence Hill was a close friend of Bud Spencer

 Hill concluded with tenderness: “I told you this anecdote because when Giuseppe (son of Carlo Pedersoli) called me to tell me that Bud had died I was in Almeria in the exact same place where we first met. After the sorrow and pain came a great calm because I realized that nothing happens by chance!” The well-known actor concluded.

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Blood at Sundown”

As we know most of the Euro-westerns were co-productions from Italy, Spain, Germany and France which incorporated British and American actors to gain a worldwide audience. The films were shot silent and then dubbed into the various languages where they were sold for distribution. That means Italian, Spanish, German, French and English voice actors were hired to dub the films. Even actors from the countries where the film was to be shown were often dubbed by voice actors for various reasons such as the actors were already busy making another film, they wanted to paid additional salaries for dubbing their voices, the actor’s voice didn’t fit the character they were playing, accidents to the actors and in some cases even death before the film could be dubbed.

I’ll list a Euro-western and the (I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German and (F) French, (E) English voices that I can find and once in a while a bio on a specific voice actor as in Europe these actors are as well-known as the actors they voiced.

Today we'll cover "Blood at Sundown"

Anthony Steffen - (I) Pino Locchi, (G) Manfred Scott, (F) Jean-Claude Michel
Gianni Garko – (I) Sergio Graziani, (G) Hans-Michael Rehberg, (F) Marc de Georgi
Erika Blanc – (I) Fiorella Betti, (G) ?, (F) Nicole Favart
Charles de Angel – (I) Arturo Dominici, (G) Norbert Gastell, (F) Philippe Dumat
Sieghardt Rupp – (I) Glauco Onorato, (G) Gernot Duda, (F) Claude Joseph


Hans-Michael Rehberg was born in Fürstenwalde, Brandenburg, Germany on April 2, 1938. Mainly a theater actor, Rehberg played at almost every well-known German-speaking stage: Burgtheater Wien, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Freie Volksbühne Berlin, Kammerspiele Munich, Salzburg Festival. One of his greatest roles was that of the "Builder Solness" in the eponymous play by Ibsen. Also as a director, he worked in the theater. The haggard Hans-Michael Rehberg became known to a broader public with his appearances in TV series and films. Based on his appearances in TV films, a good part of German television history could be told: "Berlin Alexanderplatz" is among them and "Rosa Luxemburg", "Stammheim", "Die Manns" and "Deutschlandspiel". In the cinema Rehberg was seen alongside Götz George in “Der Totmacher”, in Sönke Wortmann's comedy “Der Campus”, and in Steven Spielberg's Holocaust drama “Schindler's List”. In 2004, he also participated in one of the greatest German cinema successes, in Michael "Bully" Herbig's "Spaceship Surprise - Period 1". Hans-Michael was busy as a voice actor since the mid 1950s voicing over 100 films and TV series. Hans-Michael Rehberg died in Berlin, Germany on November 7, 2017.

Special Birthdays

Emiliano Ferrera (director, actor) – 45 today.

Monday, December 9, 2019

RIP Antonio DiMitri

Italian actor and singer Antonio Dimitri died December 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. He was 88. Known also as Tony DiMitri and George Stevenson he appeared in over 30 films and television appearances between 1953 and 1988. Born on June 12, 1931 in Manduria, Italy, he starred, using the George Stevenson alias as Quintana in 1969’s “Quintana: Dead or Alive”. He may also be best remembered in a quick cameo from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” as a Mesilla deputy who Blondie shoots his hat off at Tuco’s hanging. His other five Euro-westerns include “Two Mafiamen in the Far West” - 1964 as (Jesse James); “God May Forgive You, Not Me” – 1966 (as Manuel Hernandez); “The Judgment of God” – 1972 (as Ringo); “6 Bounty Killers for a Massacre” – 1972 (as Rinaldo) and “When Satan Grips a Colt” – 1972.  Tony also had a brief musical career as a singer releasing three 45 rpm records in 1965.

Sergio Leone exhibition in Rome

Rome exhibition C'era una volta Sergio Leone.

Rome pays tribute to the celebrated Italian film director, producer and screenwriter Sergio Leone (1929-1989) with an exhibition at the Ara Pacis Museum.

Known primarily for popularizing the Spaghetti Western genre with films such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, Leone is also credited with influencing a new generation of directors, notably Quentin Tarantino.

Organized by the Cineteca di Bologna, produced and curated in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française and the Istituto Luce Cinecittà, the "multisensory exhibition" offers insights into Leone's cult films as well as his personal and professional life.

For exhibition details see Ara Pacis website

European Comic Books ~ Albi Salgari, Gold Series

This comic book was a series of volumes without cover titles that contained four stories per issue. The first issue was published by Giusto Vaglieri in Milan, Italy from 1957 - #25 in 1966 under the direction of Giusto Vaglieri. The covers were plastic-coated and feature exclusively western themed images made by Spanish authors. From #12 to the foliation is added a sixteenth with prose novels and columns. Not all copies of the same number collect the same books. Each book consisted of 192-208 pages.

Special Birthdays

Clive Endersby (actor) is 75 today.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

RIP René Auberjonois

René Auberjonois, an actor who rose to prominence with roles on ‘Benson’, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, and the film “M.A.S.H.”, died Sunday December 8, 2019 at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, the Associated Press reported. He was 79. Auberjonois was born in New York City on June 1, 1940 and was a character actor and performed in theater of the 1960s. He made the transition to film in the 1970s, and appeared on a string of popular television series in the 1980s and ’90s among which was his only Euro-western appearance in Terence Hill’s ‘Lucky Luke’ as Mr. Edgar Rockbottom / Mendez in the 1992 episode ‘Cafe Olé’.

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Day of Anger”

We start a new search for the filming locations for “Day of Anger”. The film opens with a shot of the western town of Clifton. We see a young man, Scott Mary, pulling a cart with with two barrels which contain human waste which he collects on a daily basis from the different homes and businesses that line the main street. He stops to speak with Blind Bill whose throwing beans into a pile of empty beer bottles. Bill is chased away by the saloon owner Mr. Murray. We are introduced to Sheriff Nigel, the town doctor, Mr. Miller who have little use for Scott.

The town of Clifton was filmed on the western set at Rome’s Cinecittà Studio, which had a livery stable, saloon, town houses and sheriff’s office. Director Tonino Valerii added a few grand looking homes, picket fences, the ‘Gila Saloon’ and the ‘Colt .45’ Saloon frontages to expand the set. Other buildings used in the filming at Cinecittà Studio were interior sets, saloons, the courthouse and a bank.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations