Sunday, September 5, 2021

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Arizona Kid”

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the premier of the comedy western “Arizona Kid” directed by Luciano B. Carlos and starring Filipino comedian Chiquito, American sex symbol Mamie Van Doren and Spaghetti western regulars Gordon Mitchell, Victor Israel and Dan van Husen.

The film tells about a Filipino named Ambo (Chiquito) immigrant begins a search for his relatives in the Old West. In the process, he goes through a number of comedic sequences involving language problems between himself (speaking Tagalog, the Philippine national language) and Chinese immigrants ... not to mention everyday garden variety cowboys. Through a number of misunderstandings, flattery, and outright deception by people in a small town, he finds himself their sheriff - not knowing that, before his arrival, the town was besieged by a band of cutthroat outlaws who vow to return. This is a problem for Ambo since, by nature, his character is a coward. But, on the search to find his family, he ends up finding something more ... love and courage.


I fratelli di Arizona – Italian title

The Arizona Kid – English title


A 1970 Italian, Fillipino co-production [Premiere Productions (Manila)]

Producer: Cirio H. Santiago

Director: Luciano B. Carlos

Story: Luciano Carlos

Screenplay: Lino Brocka (Catalino Brocka), Luciano Carlos

Cinematography: Felipe Sacdalan [color]

Music: Restie Umali

     Song: "Cucurucucu" sung by Chiquito (John Mercado)

     Song: "San Francisco" sung by Mamie van Doren (Joan Olander)

Running time: 111 minutes



Ambo/Arizona Kid - Chiquito (John Mercado)

Sharon Miller - Mamie Van Doren (Joan Olander)

Coyote - Gordon Mitchell (Charles Pendleton)

Ramona - Mariela Branger

Leonardo - Bernard Bonnin (Herman Bonnin)

Frank - Victor Israel (José Vilanova)

Stagecoach passenger – Vicente Roca

Outlaw - Dan van Husen (Daniel van Husen)

With: Cass Martin, John Mark, Felipe Solano, Gene Reyes, Tony Brandt (Antonio Brandt), Vigente Poja, Ramón Serrano, Zalba Moreno, M. Restilla (Mariciato Revilla), Ángel Aranda, Pilar Vela (Maria del Pilar Velázquez Llorente), Modesto Dajarado (Modesto Cuadra)


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