Thursday, June 25, 2020

50th Anniversary of the “One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!”

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the premier of “One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana” directed by Demofilo Fidani and starring Hunt Powers and Fabio Testi.  The story is about a stagecoach which arrives in Black City bringing the new sheriff, Jack Ronson. The country is under the control of Budd Wheeler, an adventurer who, in league with the Mexican bandit Sanchez, is terrorizing the region. The old telegraph operator, Mc Laren, informs the young sheriff of the code of silence that reigns in the country and the misdeeds that for over five years Sanchez and Budd have committed. Meanwhile in Black City comes an unknown knight - who is actually the "bounty hunter" Django - who checks into the only accommodations available, a shabby tavern. Django has come seeking vengeance for the death of two of his friends and at the same time will try to pocket the large rewards for Sanchez and Budd, meanwhile, the sheriff Ronson has been challenged to a showdown with Budd but Django intervenes and exterminates Budd and his men. The news of the death of Budd unleashes the wrath of Sanchez, who arrives in town with his band. Ronson fights against Sanchez and his henchmen and manages to eliminate them, with the help of Django. When they finally leave Black City, Ronson reveals that he actually is the "bounty hunter" called Sartana.

Quel maledetto giorno d’inverno… Django e Sartana all’ultimo sangue – Italian title
Django e Sartana – Italian title
Lo scerifo – Italian title
Quel Maledetto Giorno d’Inverno… Django e Sartana all’Ultimo – Argentinian title
Django møder Satan – Danish title
Django ontmoet Satan – Dutch title
Django et Sartana – French title
O serifis – Greek title
Oi dyo ektelestes – Greek title
Django e Sartana… ate ao ultimo sangue – Portuguese title
Duell i gryningen – Swedish title
Django and Sartana’s Showdown in the West – English title
One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana            ! – English title

A 1970 Italian film production [Tarquinia Cinematografica (Rome)]
Producer: Demofilo Fidani
Director: Miles Deem (Demofilo Fidani)
Story: Demofilo Fidani
Screenplay: Demofilo Fidani, M.R. Vitelli Valenza (Mila Vitelli)
Cinematography Franco Villa [Eastmancolor]
Music: Coriolano Gori
Running time: 90 minutes

Django – Hunt Powers (Jack Betts)
Sartana/Sheriff Jack Ronson – Stet Carson (Fabio Testi)
Bud Wheeler/Willer – Dean Stratford (Dino Strano)
Sheriff Mason – Calogero Caruana
Paco Sanchez – Dennis Colt (Benito Pacifico)
Joe ‘The Worm’ Smith – Lucky McMurray (Luciano Conti)
Dolores – Simone Blondell (Simonetta Vitelli)
Peter Sturges – Franco Pasquetto (Gianfranco Pasquetto)
Widow Sturges – Mariella Palmich (Azzurra Pamphilli)
Frank Cutler – Celso Faria
Paco – Pietro Torrisi
Bill/Willy McLaren – Dan Reesy (Attilio Dottesio)
Mordera – Robert Dannish (Roberto Danesi)
Bart – Antonio Basile
Sanchez henchman – Michael Brank (Michele Branca)
With: Joel Moore, Franco Graziosi, Luciano Pallotta

1 comment:

  1. Great Director and re-creator of Spaghetti Western Miles Deem (Demofilo Fidani)