Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Golden City

In 1962, on a hill south of the village of Hoyo de Manzanares, Spain for the film “The Shadow of Zorro” by Joaquin Romero Marchent, a village (later called Golden City) was built by the producer Eduardo Manzanos based on a project by the set designers Jaime Perez Cubero and Jose Luis Galicia, characterized by a rectangular square (used as "Main Street") and a large two-story building on the north side, or in the direction of the Sierra de Hoyo de Manzanares, often used as a saloon, hotel or sheriff's office, This village then appeared in "The Terrible Sheriff" (1962); "Bienvenido Padre Murray" (1963); "Gunfight at Red Sands" (1963); The Heroes of the West "(1963); "The Sign of the Coyote" (1963); "The Implacable Three" (1963); "Tomb of the Gunfighter" (1964); "Ride and Kill" (1964); "Two Violent Men" (1964); "Minnesota Clay" (1964); "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964), which was used as the village of San Miguel, and has a central role, with many sequences shot in the rectangular square, occupied by a large truncated cone-shaped wooden water container and some drinking troughs. The façade of the building, previously used as a saloon, was transformed to represent the Rojo residence, with a large porch on the first floor and a terrace with five arches on the second a veranda was added. On the south side of the square, the Mexican-style church building appeared in previous films, is completely renovated to represent the large Baxter house: a two-story wooden construction, with a small tower.

Other films shot on the Golden City set are: "Ranch of the Ruthless" (1964); “Bullets and Flesh” (1964); “Bullets Don't Argue” (1964); "4 Bullets for Joe" (1964); "Adios, Gringo" (1965); "A Coffin for the Sheriff" (1965); "Outlaw of Red River" (1965); "The Heroes of Fort Worth" (1965); "Johnny West" (1965); "Hands of a Gunfighter" (1965); "For a Few Dollars More" (1965); (where it represents the city of Tucumcari, where Mortimer / Lee Van Cleef kills Guy Calloway); "The Relentless Four" (1966); "Seven Hours of Gunfire" (1965); “Seven Guns for the MacGregors” (1965) (there it represents two distinct villages: La Mesas and the hideout of the Mexican bandit Santillana / Leo Anchoriz); “Son of Jesse James" (1965) (as Cedar City); "In a Colt’s Shadow" (1966); "Ringo’s Big Night" (1966); "Kid Rodelo" (1965); "Renegade Gunfighter" (1966); "Mutiny at Fort Sharp" (1966); "Rebels on the Loose" (1966); "Ringo, the Face of Revenge" (1966); "Django, Kill" (1966); "Kill the Wicked" (1967); "Face to Face" (1967); "For a Few Bullets More" (1967) (in which it represents Silver City); "Seven Pistols for a Massacre" (1967); "One by One" (1968); "Two Crosses at Danger Pass" (1968); "Death Knows No Time" (1968); "Killer, Adios" (1968); "Dead Men Don’t Count" (1968); "The Desperados" (1968); "A Pistol for 100 Coffins" (1968); "Ringo, the Lone Rider" (1968); "Rattler Kid" (1968); "Land Raiders" (1969); "Garringo" (1969); "Death on High Mountain" (1969); "The Guns of the Magnificent Seven" (1969); "A Bullet for Sandoval" (1969); "Matalo!" (1970); "$20,000 for a Cadaver" (1970); "Dead Men Ride" (1971); “Zorro the Avenger" (1971); "Gunman in Town" (1971); "Prey of Vultures" (1971); "A Man Called Apocalypse Joe" (1971); "Kill Django ... kill first" (1971); "Thunder Over El Paso" (1972); "Death Played the Flute" (1972); "They called me Requiescat ... but they were wrong" (1973); "Tequila" (1974); An isolated ranch was also built near the Golden City set, which appears in some films, including "The Magnificent Three" (1963), “Gunfight at Red Sands” (1964); “Bullets Don’t Argue” (1964); "Awkward Hands" (1969). The palisade of a fort was also built nearby, which was used in "The Heroes of Fort Worth" (1965) and "Rebels on the Loose" (1966).

“For a Few Dollars More” (1965) 

“Dead Men Don’t Count” (1968)

“Garringo” (1969)  

“Land Raiders” (1969)

“Gunfight at Red Sands” (1963)    

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