Tuesday, May 18, 2021

50th Anniversary of “His Name Was King”

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the premier of “His Name Was King” directed by Giancarlo Romitelli under the alias Don Reynolds and starring Richard Harrison and Klaus Kinski. The film tells the story of the gun smuggling Benson brothers who take their guns across the Mexican border. They kill John ‘King’ Marley’s (Richard Harrison) newly wedded brother and rape his wife. King is determined to stop their illegal activities and find out who is behind their activity and gain revenge for his family. 


Lo chiamavano King – Italian title

Til sidste Kugle – Danish title

Bullet King – Filipino title

Vilmeinen luoti – Finnish title

Il’s appelait King – French title

On m’appelle King – French title

Sun ombre fue Rey – Spanish title

The Last Bullet – English title

The Man Called King – U.K. title

His Name was King – U.S.A. title


A 1971 Italian film production [Foro Film (Rome)]

Producer: Luigi Nannerini

Director: Don Reynolds (Giancarlo Romitelli)

Story: Renato Savino

Screenplay: Renato Savino

Cinematography: Guglielmo Mancori [Eastmancolor, widescreen]

Music: Luis Enriquez Bacalov

     Song: “His Name was King” sung by Ann Collin

Running time: 90 minutes



John ‘King’ Marley – Richard Harrison (Richard Harrison Jr.)

Sheriff Brian Foster – Klaus Kinski (Nikolaus Nakaszynski)

Carol Manley – Anne Puskin

Mr. Collins – Luciano Pigozzi

Ben Benson – John Silver (Goffredo Unger)

Sam Benson – Rick Boyd (Federico Boido)

Benson brothers – Lorenzo Fineschi, Lusio Zarini

Benson henchmen – Osiride Pevarella, Paolo Magalotti

Pepe Mestas – Marco Zuanelli

Deputy – Vasili Karis (Vasili Karamesinis)

Major Ericson – Tom Felleghy (Tamas Fellegi)

Sheriff Roberts – John Bartha (Janos Barta)

Smuggler – Giorgio Dolfin

Mexican girl – Ada Pometti (Nunzia Pometti)

Soldier – Antonio Danesi

With: Giuseppe Monteverdi, Sergio Smacchi

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