Monday, July 13, 2020

European Western Comic Books ~ Alleluja

Alleluja is a Western comic with drawings by Nestore Del Boccio. The two leading characters are based on the characters played by Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.

Only three issues were published in 1974 with issue one released in August and ending with issue number three in October. It was published by BCM in Milan under the direction of Rosalia Guccione. Each issue contained 128 black and white pages with color covers.

01 (00.08.74) - "Pentiti, fratello!" (Repent, brother!)
02 (00.09.74) - "Viva la rivoluzione" (Long live the revolution)
03 (00.10.74) - "Avanti, peones!" (Come on peons!)

Special Birthdays

Captain Jack Kelly (actor) would have been 120 today, he died in 1972.
Sandro Continenza (screenwriter) would have been 100 today, he died in 1996.

Jude Farese (actor) is 80 today. 

Malisa Longo (actress) is 70 today.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Who Are Those Composers ~ Peer Raben

Peer Raben was born Wilhelm Rabenbauer on July 3 1940. He was a German composer who worked primarily with German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Raben was born in Viechtach, Bavaria, Germany and attended Musische Gymnasium Straubing.

In 1966, Raben, together with several others, founded the Action Theatre in Munich, which led to the Anti Theatre in 1968, where he was active as a writer, composer and director. In 1969 and 1970 he produced Fassbinder’s first films. After working on a film of his own (Die Ahnfrau), he concentrated on composing for theatre and films.

He directed three films himself: Die Ahnfrau - Oratorium nach Franz Grillparzer (1971), Adele Spitzeder (1972) and Heute spielen wir den Boß (1981), for which he also composed the music.

In addition to Fassbinder, Raben composed music for Robert van Ackeren, Barbet Schroeder, Daniel Schmid, Bernhard Sinkel, Peter Zadek, Doris Dörrie, Hansgünther Heyme, Ulrike Ottinger, Werner Schroeter, Tom Toelle, Dan Polsby, Percy Adlon, Wong Kar-wai and Sergej Stanojkovski.

In 2006 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy.

Peer Raben died on January 21, 2007 in Mitterfels, Bavaria, Germany.

RABEN, Peer (aka Peer Rabeen, Wil Rabenbauer) (Wilhelm Rabenbauer) [7/3/1940, Viechtafell, Viechtach, Bavaria, Germany – 1/21/2007, Mitterfels, Bavaria, Germany] – producer, production manager, director, writer, songwriter, composer, actor, co-founded the Action Theatre in Munich, which led to the Anti Theatre in 1968, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy [2006].
Whity – 1971
     Song: “I Kill Them” sung by Gunter Kaufmann
Chetan, Indian Boy – 1972

Special Birthdays

Dieter Knust (actor) is 80 today. 

Monica Teuber (actress) is 75 today. 

Marco di Gregorio (aka Mark Gregory) (actor) is 55 today.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The funeral of Ennio Morricone

The National Catholic Registry

By Edward Pentin
July 7, 2020

A very private funeral for the popular film-score composer Ennio Morricone took place July 6th in Rome, the same day he died at the age of 91.

According to Morricone’s wishes, his soundtrack to the 1986 movie The Mission — a composition to which he was particularly attached — was played as the priest blessed the body, the Italian news agency Adnkronos reported. Only family and his closest friends were present.

Born in the former working-class Trastevere district of Rome, Morricone died on Monday in a Rome hospital where he had been admitted days earlier with a fractured femur. His lawyer said he died “with the comfort of faith.”

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, in an interview with the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire on Tuesday, the cardinal recalled awarding Morricone the Pontifical Gold Medal last year in recognition of his work. The composer asked for the award ceremony to take place in the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone in Piazza Navona, during a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion.

“He was very moved,” Cardinal Ravasi said. “On that occasion, he told me, ‘Let’s hope they won’t put on great celebrations for my death.’” In his will, reports said he had made
Pope Francis made a “short, affectionate phone call” to Morricone’s widow Maria on Wednesday afternoon, to comfort her and assure her that he would pray for him, Italian media reported on July 9. The Pope also expressed his closeness to Morricone's family. The two spoke for a few minutes, the reports said. 

In an interview last year on his 90th birthday, Morricone said he had cried twice in his life: when watching The Mission for the first time, and on meeting Pope Francis.

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Day of Anger”

We continue our search for filming locations for “Day of Anger”. After arriving at the mill Judge Cutcher, Turner, Nigel and Muph ask him to come over to their side to help restore law and order to the town. Scott refuses saying Talby has only killed for justice and in self defense. Murph tells Scott he’ll chase Talby out of Clifton like he did out of Abilene 20 years ago. Scott refuses and walks away. Judge Cutcher says so much for him the bastard will have to die and then he tells Murph he’ll be next.

This scene was filmed on the Cinecitta western set barn.

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

Special Birthdays

Yul Brynner (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 1985.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ Pancho Villa and the Armendárizs

Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz and his son Pedro Armendáriz Jr. have both played Pancho Villa during their film careers. Pedro Armendáriz Sr.Aquí está Pancho Villa’ (TV 1960), “Cuando ¡Viva Villa..! es la muerte” (1960),Pancho Villa and Valentina” (1960) and Pedro Armendáriz Jr. in “Old Gringo” (1989).

Once Upon a Time in Spaghetti Westerns

Join Jay Jennings and myself as we welcome actor, writer Brett Halsey to the show to discuss his career as a Eurowestern actor and novelist. Click on the link on the sidebar and we hope to see you at high noon Pacific Standard Time.

Grand Slam Brings Back The Spaghetti Western With THE PARDNERS

Grand Slam, the celebrated Jazz Rock Latin fusion band led by acclaimed bassist/composer Robert Miller, today announced the premier of their latest music video, "The Pardners". The video takes one of the songs from their upcoming album, East Side Sessions, and creates a fun, compelling Spaghetti Western saga.

"Like a lot of kids I grew up watching Westerns in the movies and on TV", says Robert. "I loved all the Western movie stars from John Wayne to Clint Eastwood, the action, the horses, the whole Wild West thing."

He adds: "As I was writing the songs for our new album this cowboy motif came into my head and I went with it. Every Western has good guys and bad guys and tells a story. So my song tells the story of a pistol packing, straight shooting, tough-as-nails woman who is double crossed by her partner in crime, takes the law into her own hands, and winds up getting her just reward."

"In the middle of the song I put in a little classic jazz section", continues Robert, adding: "So the overall effect is what I call a Cowboy Jazz song - which may be a first! I also threw in some classic Western effects like horses clopping, a whip cracking, and a horse whiney, just to be authentic!"

Robert asked the band's videographer, Aaron Wilhelm, to create a video that captured the feel and the story of the song. Says Robert: "Aaron used footage from a 1968 Spaghetti Western starring the lovely Italian actress, Elsa Martinelli, and came up with a totally fun video."

Early views of the video have produced a terrific response so far. "I think that with the unprecedented times we're living in right now, a little humor and fun works terrifically well. There's no Zoom with the band in this video, just a true little motion picture," he adds.

This is Miller's third video off the upcoming album in advance of its formal release. The first, "It Is A Miracle To Me", is a joyous, fun, life affirming song that Robert calls "my musical antidote to the virus", while the second, "I'm Falling Off Of The World", written of course before the pandemic, is about a world that's falling apart and has over 300,000 YouTube views in just a few weeks.

Says Robert: "With what's happening right now in the world, one of the few ways for musicians to create is through videos. We don't know when we will be able to perform live again, so the more creative we can be, the better."

Charley Crockett Shares Neo-Spaghetti Western Video For “Run Horse Run”

Live for Live Music
By Michael Broerman
June 30th, 2020

Charley Crockett has shared a new music video for the single, “Run Horse Run”. The song is set to appear on the rising country singer-songwriter’s latest album, Welcome to Hard Times, his seventh in five years.

The album, due out on July 31st via Thirty Tigers, finds the up-and-comer continuing to hold true to the vintage 70’s country-western movement that is currently seeing a revitalization through artists like Crockett, Colter Wall, and more.

The video, co-directed by Crockett and Bobby Cochran, is also itself an ode to a bygone era of fetishism of the American frontier. Part Quentin Tarantino, part Sergio Leone, “Run Horse Run” is immediately steeped in the tradition of the Spaghetti Western genre. While that term typically conjures up images of gratuitous bloodshed on fake Western sets built in Italy, Crockett’s “Run Horse Run” is anything but phony.

Much like Clint Eastwood‘s iconic role of the Man with No Name, which he reprised throughout several of the most popular Westerns of the time, “Run Horse Run” comes as part of a cinematic universe that finds Crockett playing the same lonesome traveler. This video finds his character in constant motion, as he chases after the same mysterious yellow phone that pops up in all of the videos for Welcome to Hard Times. Crockett said of the inspiration for this video,

When I’m in Las Vegas I like to sit at the bar and watch all the races on the screens inside the Wynn Casino. There’s a comfort I find in knowing those horses are running. I remember watching people place bets on the races in the French quarter. All the old time gamblers pouring over the news papers trying to get a fix on who’s thoroughbred was gonna come through. It’s a wild chance to take because with horses it’s really anybody’s guess. And there’s so many different ways to bet. There’s a lot of cheating going on too. A champion horse might retire to green pastures. The forgotten one’s don’t always fair so good. That reminds me a lot of the game I’m playing.

Special Birthdays

Wilfried Pucher (actor) is 80 today.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Spaghetti Western Location ~ Uceda, Spain

Ucceda is a small town in the province of Guadalajara, whose territory is separated from that of Torremocha (in the province of Madrid) by the Rio Jarama. Between the river and the barren and steep hills that extend to the south there is a farm, called Finca El Soto, in which some westerns ere filme, for which a ranch was also built, which included five buildings, among which a two-story ranch house and stable with a high pitched roof, very similar to that of Triple X Ranch in Jackson Hole (Wyoming), used as a set in the film Jubal, 1956 and in some other westerns. The Finca El Soto farm is still active today: but the sets have disappeared.

It was seen in “Minnesota Clay” (1964) (as Antonio Casa's ranch); “Adios Gringo” (1965); “Hands of a Gunman” (1965); “$100,000 for Lassiter” (1966); “Son of Jesse James” (1965) (where it represents the Double Horse Ranch, owned by Dorothy / Mercedes Alonso, which has a central role in the story); “Django” (1966) (as the base  campo for the Mexican bandits in the night scene); “Navajo Joe” (1966); “Savage Gringo” (1966) (where it plays a large role in the film); :The Relentless Four” (1966); “Face to Face” (1967) (as Lydia Alfonsi's farm).

“Minnesota Clay” (1964)

“Hands of a Gunman” (1965)

“Django” (1966)

“Navajo Joe” (1966)

“Face to Face” (1967)

Special Birthdays

Hesperia (actress) would have been 140 today, he died in 1959.

Sheldon Lawrence (actor) is 95 today.

Jacques Bezard (actor) would have been 80 today, he diad in 2004.

Reginald Samsø (actor) would have been 85 today, he died in 1998.
Mercedes Alonso (actress) – is 80 today.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Who Are Those Gals ~ Joan Collins

Joan Henrietta Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England and brought up in Maida Vale, the daughter of Elsa Collins (née Bessant, 1906–1962), a dance teacher, and South Africa native Joseph William Collins (1902–1988), a talent agent whose clients would later include Shirley Bassey, the Beatles and Tom Jones. She had two younger siblings, Jackie (1937–2015), a novelist, and Bill, a property agent. She was educated at the Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in London.

She made her stage debut in the Henrik Ibsen play A Doll's House at the age of nine, and at the age of sixteen trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. At the age of 17, Collins was signed to the Rank Organisation, a British film studio.

She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and entered British films in 1951. With 1954's Our Girl Friday she joined the stable of beautiful young starlets at Rank studios. In 1955 she went to Hollywood with a contract to 20th Century Fox. A selection of largely forgettable roles followed, as the Londoner becoming better known for her roster of high-profile boyfriends, which included James Dean, hotel heir Nicky Hilton, Ryan O'Neal, Harry Belafonte and her former fiancée Warren Beatty, than for her acting repertoire.In 1981, she landed the role of Alexis Carrington, the vengeful and scheming ex-wife of John Forsythe's character, in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty, which made her an international superstar and brought her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1982. In 2015, Collins was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity.

She is still working hard on both stage and screen, has a second career as a novelist and in 1998 became a grandmother. Joan being Joan, however, refuses to be known as "Granny", and her granddaughter Miel calls her "DoDo" instead.

COLLINS, Joan (Joan Henrietta Collins) [5/23/1933, Paddington, London, England, U.K. -     ] – producer, theater, film, TV actress, singer, sister of producer, writer, actress Jackie Collins (Jacqueline Jill Collins) [1937–2015], married to actor Maxwell Reed [1919–1974] (1952-1957), producer, director, writer, composer, singer, actor Anthony Newley (George Anthony Newley) [1931–1999] (1963-1971) mother of writer, actress Tara Newley Arkle (Tara Cynara Newley) [1963-    ], actor  Alexander Newley (Alexander Anthony 'Sacha' Newley) [1965-    ], married to producer Ronald S. Kass (Ronald Stanley Kass) [1935–1986] (1972–1984) mother of actress Katyana Kass (Kennedy "Katy" Kass) [1972-    ], married to producer, actor Peter Holm [1947-
    ] (1985-1987), married to producer Percy Gibson [1965-    ] (2002-    ), awarded an OBE [1997].
The Great Adventure – 1974 (Miss Sonia Kendall)

Special Birthdays

Danny Gürtler (actor) would have been 145 today, he died in 1917.

Hans Elwenspoeck (actor) would have been 110 today, he died in 1989.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Ennio pens his own obituary

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Sartana Kills Them All”

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 “Sartana Kills Them All”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Sartana/Santana – Gianni Garko (S) José Guardiola, (G) Rainer Brandt
Marcos – Guglielmo Spoletini (S) Vicente Bañó, (G) Wolfgang Kieling
Maria Anderson – Maria Silva (S) Celia Honrubia, (G) Beate Hasenau
Richard Kirby – Andrés Mejuto (S) Estanis González (G) Martin Hirthe
Fred Burton – Raf Baldassare (S)  Fernando Mateo (G) Christian Rode
Adam Kirby – Charly Bravo (S) Ernesto Aura (G) ?
Donald Kirby – Carlos Romero Marchent (S) Carlos Romero Marchent (G) Arne Elsholtz

Estanis González (1925 – 1992)

Estanislao González León was born in Madrid, Spain on May 8, 1925. He began his career working for Radio Barcelona where he was co-host of the morning program Musica para el aperitivo. He then went to appear on Radio Nacional de Barcelona on which he played the role of Mieh Yang in the serial La mano moan de Dios.

He then became a theater actor in 1964 in the play Reinar After Dying with Alejandro Ulloa’s Company. His theater career flourished. Then in 1955 he moved into films with El Ceniciento, written and starring Miguel Gila. He participated in six films in five years. In 1960 he left films for television and theater. Starting in 1953 he became a voice actor in secondary roles for the next ten years. 

Special Birthdays

Ringo Starr (actor) is 80 today.

Vaughn Armstrong (actor) is 70 today.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Historical panel placed at Cortijo Del Fraile

A new historical panel has been built and placed at the Cortijo Del Fraile used as the Mission San Antonio in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and several other Euro-westerns. The panel describes the  the panels manufacture and placement was organized by Manuel Hernández owner and operator of the Hostal Rural Restaurante Alba in Los Albaricoques and designed by José Hita.

European Western Comic Books ~ ALLEGRIA la rivista del ragazzo italiano

The Italian boy's magazine

This magazine was published by Motta to children of Italian schools. Among columns, reports, stories and varieties, some comic books including Jack Mandolino by Benito Jacovitti and "Mottino Show".

This monthly published magazine began in December 1960 and ended on May 1961. It was published by Epipubbi under the direction of Enzo Biagi in Milan, Italy. It contained 96 black and white pages with color covers.

6 issues were divided into two years and contained non progressive numbering.
Year I n. 1 (Dec. 1960)
Year II n. 1 (Jan. 1961) no. 5 (May 1961)