Monday, November 28, 2022

English Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns – Marc Smith


Marc Smith was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 21, 1945 who’s career in films was mainly as a voice dubber beginning in 1957 with “The Seventh Seal” where he voiced Plog the blacksmith. He had over 40 film acting credits and 16 dubbing credits. Later in his career he was a dubber for several Japanese animated cartoons. He had one credit as a director for 1985’s “Space Warriors 2000”.  

SMITH, Marc (aka Marc Smith/Michael Simpson, Michael Simpson, Mark Smith) [1/21/1945, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. – 12/24/2006, London, England, U.K.] – director, radio, film, voice actor.

Marc Smith’s English dubbed westerns:

They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [English voice of ?]

Viva! Django – 1971 [English voice of Anthony Steffen]

The Spikes Gang – 1974 (Abel Young)

4 of the Apocalypse – - 1975 [English voice of Fabio Testi]

European Western Comic Books - Albi Mira: Falco d’Argento


Albi Mira: Falco d’Argento

Four unique issues published by Edizioni Mira di Piacenza. Undated, they advertise the sticker album "All footballers - 1966-67 Championship". The "Selima" book is designed by Gaspare De Fiore. Images provided by Franco Guerra and Sergio Morello. The comic books were published in 1966 by Edizioni Mira and each issue consisted of 16 black and white pages with color covers.


(01) (00.00.66) - "Falco d'Argento"

(02) (00.00.66) - "Missione nel Mar di Giava"

(03) (00.00.66) - "Selima"

(04) (00.00.66) - "Gli Uomini Pantera"

Special Birthdays

 Jorge Eras (composer) would have been 95 today but died in 2012.

Cesare Gelli (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 2016.

Emilia Schüle (actress) is 30 today.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Gabriel Rueda: "Playing bad for me costs me a lot, because I am very good"

 "Spaghetti feminist western". Actor, musician and horse whisperer. The next film in which Rueda acts is another short by Enrique Novials

Diari de Tarragona

May 8, 2021

Q: Gabriel Rueda, are you a cowboy?

A: Of course... at specific times. When I come down to reality, I see that no, I am not in the West, ha, ha, ha. But yes, being a cowboy is in my DNA.

Q: Do you identify with the stereotypical cowboy character?

A: No. Stereotyped, no. I identify with a unique, unrepeatable cowboy character that nobody has seen, and that nobody knows, and that is me.

Q: Very nice! And you're about to participate in the shooting of a new movie, a short film by Enrique Novials, called 'Kill them and don't come back alone', right?

A: We are going to shoot it in July in Tabernas, Almería. Indeed, it is a project of Enrique Novials, who is the director, and who may also participate as an actor. The title is a nod to Kill them and come back alone, a classic that was shot in 1968 in Almeria. Kill them and don't come back alone is a spaghetti feminist western.

Q: A feminist spaghetti western? Can you explain?

A: That in a western it is the woman who takes the chestnuts out of the fire and kills the bandits and rescues the prisoner, and is the heroine of the movie, is rarely seen. With Enrique Novials we already made Calamity Jane 1882, a short film based on the letters that this outlaw, which really existed, and who drank whiskey and cheated poker, wrote to his daughter.

Q: 'Calamity Jane 1882' won last year many recognitions and awards at national and international festivals, right?

A: Yes, all last year we have been receiving news of nominations and awards at festivals around the world: India, Greece, Turkey, Uruguay, Japan, in many US cities such as Texas, Oklahoma, Los Angeles... In Arizona we have won the awards for best director, best supporting and best actress. It's been like an invasion of prizes, up to 14. Now Calamity Jane 1882 is competing in Houston, in the official section of a festival.

Q: What role do you play in 'Calamity Jane 1882'?

A: Bad gunman. I kidnapped Calamity Jane's girlfriend, because in the movie they are both lesbians.

Q: I see that the argument is innovative.

A: It turns out that we are part of the sheriff's gang, but we are corrupt, and we do all kinds of misdeeds. And we learn that Calamity Jane has cheated in the game, in poker, and that she has won $ 20,000, and then, we go to a brothel to find Calamity Jane's girlfriend to kidnap her.

Q: Hell.

A: Yes, what a fabric. We kidnapped her, and we asked for a ransom. Then Calamity Jane comes, peels us all and takes the bride. Very briefly, the argument is like this.

Q: And in the short film you're going to shoot in the summer, 'Kill Them and Don't Come Back Alone', what is your character?

A: Again, I play the outlaw, the bad guy. I start by robbing a bank.

Q: How do you feel in these types of roles?

A: Man, it's hard for me to play bad, because I'm very good. So, you see, I have to work a lot. And I don't play bad things around, because that's dangerous for one's psychology. You can deviate from yourself and from real life. In order not to get into those problems, I avoid playing with it.

Q: You speak like a person already used to acting. Do you have many years of experience?

A: Well, yes. I studied theater. In fact, as a child we played theater with my friends, between six and eight years old. I was born in Barcelona and at the age of 17 I came to Tarragona. I started with the theater officially at the Escola Josep Ixart. I was also at the Escola d'Art. I set up several companies.

Q: Did you set up several theater companies? Which?

A: Cerebral Light, of happenings and performances; Those of the Cosmos, of mime and pantomime; Plis Plas, children's theatre... I was also at La Fura dels Baus. Then I went to Nicaragua and set up a circus school. It was a project of the Associació Nou Barris and the Committee of Solidarity with Nicaragua. I was at the circus school in Barcelona doing clown, clown, juggling and fixed trapeze and acrobatics classes. My entire career in the world of theater, circus and horse can be seen in

Q: In the world of the horse?

A: That's how I met director Enrique Novials, because he came to our equestrian because he wanted to ride a western and wanted to learn to ride a horse.

Q: Wait a minute: what does an actor paint in an equestrian?

A: About ten years ago I began to lower the piston of my most theatrical, performer and cirquera part, and I dedicated myself more to horses. I met Anna Salas. She is a horse tamer who has dedicated her entire life to this. For me Anna Salas is an eminence in natural dressage and in everything related to horses. Respect for the animal, how to tame without violence, the connection with the horse... I learned all this from her. It was when the crisis of 2008. Then there were many people who could not support their horses, and we set out to rescue those who were abandoned or abused.

Q: In an equestrian?

A: They donated us a farm in La Nou de Gaià and we set up an outdoor horse riding. We had the horses there loose, and we taught to ride without bite, with respect, to learn how to approach a horse and get hold of it little by little, until the horse trusts you and you trust him, to make the union of natural dressage, and many things.

Q: So you're an actor and a horse tamer.

A: Horse whisperer. And musician since life. I play guitar and mouth harp and give lessons, I write lyrics and music, and I sing. At the Mostra de Músics de Tarragona in 1990 he played with Los Enigmáticos. I also played with Blue Bus, Simago Boys, Absentha Brothers, Los Leonardos and Los Kiroga. Now I play with the Dalton Paints and Los Siderales.

Q: And you told me that one day the director Enrique Novials appeared for the equestrian.

A: Yes. I wanted to set up a western and I wanted to learn how to ride. It's a long process, and more complicated than it seems. I was dedicated for five years and I still have to learn a lot.

Q: What did you discover thanks to horses?

A: I discovered that I had advantages to ride, because as I had done a lot of theater, mime, pantomime and acrobatics, I dominated my body, I had a sense of balance, I had awareness of all the parts of my body and movement, and an agility and a preparation that gave me a lot. With the students, what I did was teach them to become aware of their body – "foot to ground", "I am a horse" – because you can feel very insecure when you do not know anything about the horse, nor its psychology, nor its behavior, nor its way of being, nor its thoughts, nor its emotions.

Q: And talking to Enrique...

A: I told him I wanted to be in the western. In the end, I starred in the teaser of The Crossing, which was sent to the Almería Western Film Festival. And we were able to see it on the big screen, at the Oasys Minihollywood, which has a Western room that is where very good films have been shot. Where with Enrique we are going to shoot in July, Sergio Leone filmed, with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef...

Q: What is it about westerns that hook you so much? Could it be that they give room for a little crazy creativity, because the Wild West is outside civilization?

A: Yes, it's fun because there's a lot of freedom and you can do almost anything you want. It's like living in a time when everything is allowed.

Q: When you told Enrique that you wanted to go out in the western, he must have said yes right away, right? Because I have you in front of me and the truth is that it costs me nothing to see in you an outlaw.

A: The bag or life! Ha ha ha. Well, that's what everyone tells me. I don't get it.


Who Are Those Singers & Musicians ~ Tony Del Monaco


Antonio ‘Tony’ Del Monaco was born in Sulmon, Abruzzo, Italy on December 27, 1935. He started in show business as an actor, appearing in the 1961 musical comedy “L'adorabile Giulio”, starring Carlo Dapporto and Delia Scala. In 1965, he performed on the TV show ‘Campioni a Campione’ with the song "Vita Mia", which he'd composed, and which entered the Italian pop charts.

In 1959, he debuted at the Vibo Valentia song festival, ranking 3rd with the song "Al ciel manca un angelo". In 1967, he participated in the Sanremo Festival with "È più forte di me", paired with Betty Curtis, and released "Una spina e una rosa" the same year. Del Monaco competed in Sanremo again in 1968, paired with Dionne Warwick, with the song "La voce del silenzio "; in 1969, with "Un'ora fa" paired with Fausto Leali; and in 1970, with the Claudio Villa song "Serenata".

In the 1960s and 1970s, Del Monaco composed many songs that were covered by star singers of that era, such as "L'ultima occasione" by Mina and Tom Jones.

Tony died of cancer on May 27, 1993, in a clinic in Ancona, Marche, Italy. He was 58.

Del MONACO, Tony (Antonio Del Monaco) [12/27/1935, Sulmona, Abruzzo, Italy – 5/27/1993, Ancona, Marche, Italy] – actor, songwriter, singer.

A Fistful of Songs – 1964 [sings: “Il silenzio”]

Special Birthdays

 Jirí Holý (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2009.

Jacqueline Alexandre (actress) is 80 today.

Kaspar Eichel (actor) is 80 today.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

The Tabernas Desert becomes a true 'European Film Treasure'




 The Tabernas Desert becomes an authentic 'European Cinematographic Treasure'. The president of Diputación and the representative of the 'European Film Academy' inaugurate the monolith that accredits this denomination and places this immense outdoor set in the 'Treasure Map' of the filmmakers

It's official. November 19, 2022, will go down in the history of cinema in the province as the date on which the Tabernas Desert became an authentic 'European Film Treasure'. This prestigious, and select, denomination granted by the European Film Academy (EFA) has been made official with the inauguration of the monolith that accredits it and that places this immense outdoor set in the 'Treasure Map' of the filmmakers.

The president of Diputación, Javier A. García, and the representative of the EFA, Antonio Saura, have been in charge of discovering the monolith accompanied by the representatives of the film academies of the different autonomous communities, as well as the director of FICAL, the deputy of Culture and Cinema, the accidental mayor of Tabenas, councilors and those responsible for Oasys Mini Hollywood.

With the characteristic landscape of the only desert on the European continent as a backdrop, Javier A. García and Antonio Saura have been excited to witness a "transcendental" day for the history of European cinema.

The Almerienses should feel proud that the Tabernas Desert is the second European cinematographic treasure of Andalusia (The first is the Plaza de España in Seville). This means that the 6,800 scholars have recognized this environment as one of the most wonderful and prolific sites for filming and for the talent of the authors to be manifested." There are currently only 12 cinematic treasures in the world.

Spaghetti Western Locations “The Mercenary”

 We continue our search for filming locations for “The Mercenary”. After Kowalski’s trial the scene shifts to Paco’s wedding to Columba. Kowalski is scene bound and gagged while Paco and Columba consummate their marriage.

This scene was filmed in Nuevo Baztan, Madrid, Spain.

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

 Joco Turc (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1991.

Don Medford (director) would have been 105 today but died in 2012.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Spaghetti Western Trivia – Sal Mineo’s unfinished Spaghetti western.


The Akron Beacon Journal

May 6, 1968


All right, you’ve been wondering and worrying about Sal Mineo. He was in town briefly last week on promotion business for Cinerama’s “East of Java,” then flew to London for arrangements o the first picture for his own recently formed independent company, “The Flower Children,” after which he will be off to Italy to star in a spaghetti-Western with the unlikely title “Gomorrah”.

Additional information from Mike Ferguson

Gladiole Films (for Anglo-EMI)... Avianca's Maurice Stanton to Israel re coproduction of "Magnificent Mexicans" and "The Wrong People" latter with Sal Mineo directing.

     Correcting an earlier report, I's Murray Smith, not Robin Estridge, who has scripted "Wrong and Fran Avianca and Jack Gross Jr. who wrote "Mexicans" Estreidge screenplayed Avianca's upcoming "God Protect Me From My Friends"... Producer Ewan Lloyd due in Hollywood.



Spaghetti Western Location – “Valdez is Coming”

 The Plain of Trujillo, Gador, Almeria was used for a seen in 1971’s “Valdez is Coming”

The same Rambla location as seen in 2022.

Remembering the Canary Islands’ Santiago Rivero


November 14, 1999


Perhaps that name says little, or perhaps nothing, to the youngest, nor to the credit titles of movies and television productions. However, the definitive absence of Santiago Rivero from the Canary Islands was noted because he was an excellent actor in theater, film and television.

Seventeen years have passed since his death, which occurred in Madrid on August 5, 1982, and memory alerts us to his good interpretative trace from his happy interventions as a notable fan in this his hometown: “Mariane-la, El Nido or El conflicto de Mercedes”, for example, with Conchita Ricolfi, Maria Luisa Marquez, Conchita Rodriguez, Manuel Romero...”'Cuadro Galdos”, under the direction of Sebastian Suarez Leon, also our teacher in “The Mayor of Zalamea”.

In the days when he, granted a scholarship by the Island Council, went to the Insular Conservatory of Dramatic Art, a beautiful tribute was paid to him at the Perez Galdos theater, and it did not take long for him to become the leading man-leader in the company of Fulgencio Nogueras and Carmen Ortega. The night that the group debuted with El Famoso Carballeira in our coliseum, when Santiago Rivero burst onto the scene, his friends started a round of applause that suddenly turned into a warm and extensive ovation. In Madrid, longing for the land, he came to tell us,

I can't remember that applause without getting angry. My countrymen...

Because Santiago was very Canarian. And he has not forgotten the lares of him. He liked to refer to them because they consoled him -he said- in the forced distance from him. He kept a lot of history of Spanish cinema and theater. His last film was “Seven Women”, with Nadiuska as the protagonist.

He would also be an indisputable value in dubbing movies, lending his ringing voice and remarkable diction to several of the "stars" in vogue. The list in which he took part is endless -more than two hundred-, several of them, such as “Raza and Los ultimos de Filipinas”, with the character of blockbusters and the leading role.

He appeared frequently on the small screen and in the 'Western' films shot in Almeria we used to see him appearing as a judge, head of rural areas, bank manager or father of the lady in love. We do not remember him incarnated as ignoble or harsh characters, because those characters did not suit his comedy actor fiber.

We have remembered a dead person who still seems to be alive.


RIVERO, Santiago (aka Santiago Ribero) (Santiago Rivero Marrero) [1917, Arucas Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain – 8/5/1982, Madrid, Madrid, Spain] – theater, film, TV, voice actor.

The Coyote – 1954 (Captain Pots)

Welcome Padre Murray - 1962

Heroes of the West – 1963 (Jonathan)

The Implacable Three – 1963 (Don Julio Benavente)

Shoot to Kill – 1963 (George Taylor)

The Sign of the Coyote – 1963 (Doctor Valdez)

Three Swords of Zorro – 1963 (governor)

Charge of the 7th – 1964

Massacre at Fort Grant – 1964 (prosecutor)

The Son of Jesse James - 1964 (O’Connor)

A Coffin for the Sheriff – 1965 (banker)

Legacy of the Incas – 1965 (Minister Ruiz)

A Place Called Glory – 1965 (Roy)

Rebels in Canada – 1965 (James Sullivan)

7 Hours of Gunfire – 1965 (Senator Russell)

Django Does Not Forgive – 1966 (Indian agent)

Dynamite Joe – 1966 (Senator Senneth/Stinson)

Rebels on the Loose – 1966 (Colonel Martin)

For a Few Bullets More – 1967 (Silver City Sheriff)

Rattler Kid – 1967 (prosecuting attorney)

Zorro the Conqueror – 1968 (cantina waiter)

Zorro the Dominator – 1969 (treasurer)

Another Dollar for the McGregors – 1970 (poker room host)

[Remarkable actor, participated in more than two hundred films.]

Special Birthdays

 Sergio Pastore (director, screenwriter) would have been 90 today but died in 1987.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

RIP Antonio de Cunha Telles


Portuguese producer, director, writer and actor Antonio de Cunha Telles died in Lisbon, Portugal on November 23, 2022. He was 87. Born on February 26, 1935, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. He studied Medicine in the University of Lisbon. He went to Paris around 1956, studying filmmaking at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques (IDHEC), graduating in 1961. Back to Portugal, he ran a newspaper called Imagens de Portugal (Images of Portugal) and assumed leading functions at the Cinema Services of State Entities. His directing debut was made with the documentary “Os Transportes” (1962), and started activity as a producer, becoming one of the essential names of the Portuguese New Cinema (Novo Cinema) movement. He produces “Os Verdes Anos” (1963) by Paulo Rocha and “Belarmino” (1964) by Fernando Lopes. The most recent films directed by Cunha Telles are Vidas (1984), Pandora (1996) and, more recently, Kiss Me (2004), the first and only cinematic experience of the top model Marisa Cruz. Telles was executive producer on the 1994 TV Euro-western “El águila y el caballo” starring David Carradine.

Thanksgiving 2022


Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “Gunfight at High Noon”

 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 be 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 “Gunfight at High Noon”

[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Jeff Walker – Richard Harrison (I) Giuseppe Rinaldi, S) Ángel María Baltanás, (G) Klaus Kindler

Pedro Ramirez – Fernando Sancho (I) Giorgio Capecchi, (S) Vicente Bañó, (G) Werner Lieven

Louise Walker – Gloria Milland (I) Rosetta Calavetta, (S) Celia Honrubia, (G) ?

Chet Walker – Robert Hundar (I) Nando Gazzolo, (S) Simón Ramírez, (G) Gert Günther Hoffmann

Brad Walker – Miguel Palenzuela (I) Sergio Graziani, (S) José Guardiola, (G) Manfred Andrae

Susannah Westfall – Gloria Osuna (I) Fiorella Betti, (S) Josefina de Luna, (G) ?

CAPECCHI, Giorgio  (1901 – 1968)

Giorgio Capecchi was born in Livorno, Italy on August 7, 1901. He was an Italian theater, film, voice actor and dubber. He was the son of the photographer Eugenio Capecchi and older brother of the baritone singer Renato Capecchi, he began his artistic career at a very young age with the theater company of Lyda Borelli, debuting in the role of Armando in “La signora delle camellie” by Dumas. During a break in the theatrical activity of touring, he stopped for a year in his city because of the death of his father and founded the "Filo drammatica Labronica", which he directed for some years with considerable success in the splendid setting of the Teatro San Marco, proposing works such as “The Merchant of Venice”, “Murder in the Cathedral” and “Resurrection”.

In the autumn of 1934, called on by Giovacchino Forzano, he landed at the cinema, shooting inside the Tirrenia establishments the film “Maestro Landi”, with Odoardo Spadaro, released in theaters at the beginning of 1935, and in “Campo di Maggioand Thirteen Men and a Cannon. He was married to Elba Gragnani and  at the end of 1937 they moved to Rome, where he continued his film activity, collaborating, among others, with Mario Bonnardin Jeanne Doré in “Il ponte dei sospiri”. He was relegated to only character roles, despite the remarkable temperament that could have allowed him even more important parts.

Endowed with a warm and well-set voice, after acting on the radio with “Il signore delle ore 13”, Capecchi was invited by Mario Almirante, dubbing director at Scalera, in the synchronization rooms, and so he began to dub Tom Tyler in “Red Shadows”, Samuel S. Hinds in “The Eternal Illusion” and Melville Cooper in “Rebecca - The First Wife”. Later he lent his voice with deep tones to such great international actors, as Louis Calhern, Eduardo Ciannelli, Karl Malden and George O'Brien, and early actors, such as Charles Laughton, Jack Palance, Broderick Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, Orson Welles and Spencer Tracy. A founding member of CDC, he became one of the industry's strengths, returning only sporadically in front of the camera. Between 1952 and 1954 he filmed, with Raffaello Matarazzo, “Chi è senza peccato..., Torna!”, “Vortex”, “La nave delle donne male dette” and “La schiava del peccato”.

A recurring voice in science fiction films, he was also often used to voice cartoon characters, such as King Hubert in “Sleeping Beauty” and Sir Hector in “The Sword in the Stone”. His last performance at the cinema was in the film “La notte pazza del conigliaccio,” directed in 1967 by his nephew, Alfredo Angeli, which Capecchi brought from Livorno, after obtaining a degreei n law, to make him pursue a career as a screenwriter and director.

Giorgio Capecchi died in Rome on December 2, 1968, at the age of 67.

Special Birthdays

 Raoul Paoli (actor) would have been 135 today but died in 1960.

Anna Maria Polani (actress) would have been 75 today.

José De Negri (actor) – is 75 today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

New French Clint Eastwood documentary


Clint Eastwood, la dernière légende – French title

Clint Eastwood - Der Letzte seiner Art – German title

Clint Eastwood: The Last Legend – English title


A 2022 French television documentary production [Agat Films & Cie, ARTE France,

     Ciné+ (Paris)]

Producers:  Emelie de Jong, Muriel Meynard

Director: Clélia Cohen

Story: Clélia Cohen

Photography: [black & white, color]

Music: Matteo Locasciulli, Andrea Moscianese

Running time: 78 minutes



Narrators: Sarah-Jane Sauvegrain, Nina Kunzendorf

Clint Eastwood, Michael Cimino, Morgan Freeman, Rock Hudson, Maggie Eastwood (Maggie Johnson), Pauline Kael, Sergio Leone, James Lipton, Sondra Locke, Lee Marvin, Bill McKinney, Vincente Minnelli, Jack Nicholson, Burt Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Scorsese, Gene Shalit, Don Siegel, Meryl Streep, Barbara Streisand, Diane Venora, John Wayne, Orson Welles, Forest Whitaker, Ruth Wood.

A portrait of the last cowboy Hollywood legend dives into the 65 years of an extraordinary career in Hollywood, highlighted iconic films like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, as well as “Million Dollar Baby”, “Mystic River” and “Gran Torino” all the way to “Cry Macho” in 2021. It is no small task to cover more than 60 years of cinema history, especially when it is trying to survey with such breadth and diversity: TV star, international star, controversial icon, contested director, filmmaker with a capital F, Eastwood has been through it all, experienced it all, and it is first of all this romantic trajectory, this true American pastoral that the documentary wants to tell with all the passion it possibly can.

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Franco Cobianchi D’Este


Lanfranco Cobianchi D’Este was born in Orbignano, Pistoia, Italy October 3, 1930.He was an Italian character actor, mostly in small parts, who was active in Italian films from the mid-1950's until the end of the 1960's. He also has a number of credits as a screenwriter and one as an assistant director.

He was credited on occasion under variations of his name such as "Franco D'Este", Franco Cobianchi D'Este", "Lanfranco Cobianchi", so from that we can possibly surmise that his full name could be "Lanfranco Cobianchi D'Este". He was also credited in a number of films under the pseudonym "Peter White". In the later years of his career he played a surprisingly large number of Roman emperors in peplums and blue-eyed Mexicans in spaghetti westerns. His career mysteriously ends after 1969.

Why Lanfranco dropped out of the business is unknown but he died in Coccomaro DiCona, Italy on July 12, 2015, at the age of 84.

D’ESTE, Franco Cobianchi (aka F. Cobianchi, Franco D'Este Cobianchi, Franco d'Este Franco D'Este, Peter White) [10/3/1930, Orbignano, Pistoia, Italy – 7/12/2015, Coccomaro DI Cona, Italy] – assistant director, writer, film actor.

The Colt is My Law – 1965 (Henry O’Brien) [as Peter White]

The Brute and the Beast – 1966 (barman) [as Franco Cobianchi]

For a Few Dollars Less – 1966 (Toro)

Long Days of Revenge – 1966 (General Porfirio)

If You Want to Live... Shoot! – 1967 (General Alvarez/Alvera) [as Peter White] [also credited as screenwriter and assistant director]

No Graves on Boot Hill – 1968 (Paco) [as Peter White] [also credited as screenwriter]

Special Birthdays

 Franco Balducci (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2001.

Susan Anspach (actress) would have been 80 today, but died in 2018.

Ernest Brancussi (dubber) would have been 75 today but died in 2021.

Salli Richardson (actress) is 55 today.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Three/Four new French BluRay/DVD releases: "La Mort était au rendez-vous", "Il grande duello", "Mon nom est Pécos"


La Mort était au rendez-vous

(Death Rides a Horse)



Director: Giulio Petroni

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law


Country: France

Label: Elephant Films: La Vendetta Collezione #1

BluRay/DVD, new HD restoration, uncut. Also available as single disc editions

Aspect ratio: ‎ 2.35:1

Languages: English, French, Italian

Subtitles: French, English

Running time: 105 minutes

Extras: 12- page booklet by Alain Petit


Released: November 15, 2022

Il grande duello

(The Grand Duel)



Director: Giancarlo Santi

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Horst Frank, Peter O’Brien


Country: France

Label: Elephant Films: La Vendetta Collezione #2

BluRay/DVD, new HD restoration, uncut. Also available as single disc editions

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Languages: English, French, Italian

Subtitles: French, English

Running time: 94 minutes

Extras: 12- page booklet by Alain Petit


Released: November 15, 2022

Mon nom est Pécos

(My Name is Pecos), (Pecos Cleans Up)



Director: Maurizio Lucidi

Starring: Robert Woods, Maurizio Lucidi


Country: France

Label: Elephant Films: La Vendetta Collezione #3

Also included Pecos Cleans Up (in SD) La vendetta Collezione # 4

BluRay/DVD, new HD restoration, uncut. Also available as single disc editions

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Languages: English, French, Italian

Subtitles: French

Running time: 85 minutes

Extras: 12- page booklet by Alain Petit


Released: November 15, 2022

Special Birthdays

 Edoardo Toniolo (actor) would have been 115 today but died in 1986.

Robert Vaughn (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 2016.

Yuri Avsharov (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2010.

Ian Sander (actor) would have been 75 today but died in 2016.

Sharon Bailey (actress) is 65 today.

Monday, November 21, 2022

English voices of the Spaghetti westerns – Gene Luotto


Eugene ‘Gene’ Luotto was born in Astoria, Queens, New York on December 29, 1925. He was an Italian-American screenwriter, dubbing director and voice actor.

Luotto came to Italy after a divorce, where he found work as a screenwriter and later as a dubbing director. Numerous films have been translated into English by him and he supervised their international versions. Gene’s two sons Steve and Andy both are active in films and dubbing. Andy has a TV show about cooking and both have Facebook pages. Andy came from New York City to Rome at 15 to live with his father. Question then arises was Gene an Italian American or was he Italian and married an American woman and moved to New York. Andy the youngest son was born in 1950's. Gene was a co-writer on the screenplay of Guy Madison’ "Gunmen of the Rio Grande" (1964) as well as the English dialogue for "They Call Me Trinity" (1970), "Trinity is STILL My Name" (1971) and "Buddy Goes West" (1981).

LUOTTO, Gene (Eugene Luotto) [12/29/1925 Astoria, Queens, New York, U.S.A. – 10/20/2011, Rome, Lazio, Italy (brain tumor)] – director, film actor, writer, voice actor married to ? (194?-1964) father of sound technician Clementina Luotto, actor, writer Steven ‘Steve’ Luotto, actor André Paul ‘Andy’ Luotto [1950-    ].

Gene Luotto’s English dubbed Spaghetti westerns:

Gunmen of the Rio Grande – 1964 [wrote story, screenplay, English dialogue, English voice of ?]

Hate for Hate – 1967 [English dialogue, English voice of ?]

They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [English dialogue, English voice of Chico]

The Ballad of Ben and Charlie – 1971 [English dialogue, English voice of ?]

Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 [English dialogue, English voice of ?

Buddy Goes West – 1981 [English dialogue, English voice of ?]

21 European Western Comic Books – Albi Mignon: Ric-Rac - Cow Boy vs the Sheriff - Capitan Molinar)


Albi Mignon: Ric-Rac – Comedy - Cowboy vs the Sheriff - Capitan Molinar


This comic book series consisted of 47 issues divided into four series with non-progressive numbering.

Series I #1 (October 7, 1948) - #18 (1950)

Series II #1 (1949) - #6 (July 23, 1949)

Series III #1 (May 7, 1949) - #20 (January 28, 1950)

Series IV #1 (1950) # (December 20, 1950)

Series I: Ric-Rac (RR) consisted of 32 pages. I tells the adventures of a couple of boys divided into two parts. The first, with the subtitle Gli Allegri Bambini (#1/12), and the second with Giovani Atomici (#13/18) where the protagonists have become adolescents. Texts by Lascial (#1/12), drawings by Angelo Platania (Gelo) (#1/12). The first issues came out as a supplement to Popular Enigmistica.

Series II: Comic Series consisted of 36 pages. It covers various books in part written and drawn in a grotesque style by G. Lani.

Series III: Cowboy vs Sheriff  (CF) consisted of 36 pages. An elongated strip. In each issue two stories of cowboy Bill Donovan struggling with Sheriff Porter. Texts by Kant, drawings by Angelo Platania.

Series IV: The Gestures of Captain Molinar (CM) consisted of 12 pages. It was a reprint of Tom Drake in the version of by Kant and G. Castellani.

The comic book series was published by E.P.I. Italian Periodicals in Florence, Italy under the direction of Ernesto Varoli

Court authorization: FI 49 (03.11.48)


Series I RIC-RAC (RR)

01 (07.10.48) - “Ric-Rac e la cicogna” (Ric-Rac and the Stork)

02 (21.10.48) - “Ric-Rac e l’elefante” (Rc-Rac and the Elephant_

03 (04.11.48) - “Ric-Rac e l’orso bruno” (Ric-Rac and the Brown Bear)

04 (18.11.48) - “Ric-Rac e il canguro” (Ric-Rac and the Kangaroo)

05 (02.12.48) - “Ric-Rac e il pinguino” (Ric-Rac and the Penguin)

06 (16.12.49) - “Ric-Rac e la foca” (Ric-Rac and the Seal)

07 (19.03.49) - “Ric-Rac nel mistero del vecchio rancho” (Ric-Rac and the Mystery of

                           the Old Ranch)

08 (00.00.49) - “Ric-Rac e i lupi della prateria” (Ric-Rac and the Prairie Wolves)

09 (00.00.49) - “Ric-Rac e il segreto di Penna Azzurra” (Ric-Rac and the secret of Penna


10 (00.00.49) - “Ric-Rac nella città incantata” (Ric-Rac in the Enchanted City)

11 (02.07.49) - “Ric-Rac e la pagoda d’oro” (Ric-Rac and the Golden Pagoda)

12 (00.00.49) - “Ric-Rac e il gigante della jungla” (Ric-Rac and the Giant of the Jungle)

13 (00.00.49) - “Ric-Rac e lo scrigno misterioso” (Ric-Rac and the mysterious cascket)

14 (15.12.49) - “Ric-Rac al torneo magico” (Ric-Rac at the Magic Tournament)

15 (01.01.50) - “Ric-Rac contro il mago Giuliano” (Ric-Rac Against the Magician


16 (00.00.50) - “La scomparsa di Ric” (The Disappearance of Ric)

17 (00.00.50) - “Ric-Rac contro i banditi” (Ric-Rac Against the Bandits)

18 (00.00.50) - “L’aereo razzo di Ric-Rac” (Ric-Rac’s Rocket Plane)



01 (00.00.49) - “Le trappole di Furfa e Fante” (Furfa and Fante's Traps)

02 (09.04.49) - “I cartoni animati di Mimmo e Mommi” (The Cartoons of Mimmo and


03 (00.00.49) - “L’elefante della jungla” (The Jungle Elephant)

04 (00.06.49) - “Scarabocchio allievo poliziotto” (Police Student Scribble)

05 (00.00.49) - “Trippapiena e la rana” (Trippapiena and the Frog)

06 (23.07.49) - “Il bandito fantasma” (The Ghost Bandit)



01 (07.05.49) - “Il cavaliere dell’audacia”, “Il difensore della legge” (The Knight of

                           Audacity, The Defender of the Law)

02 (00.00.49) - “L’agguato sulla montagna”, “Il corriere scomparso” (The Ambush on the

                           Mountain, The Missing Courier)

03 (00.00.49) - “La falsa accusa”, “La rivincita di Porter” (The False Accusation, Porter's


04 (00.00.49) - “L’oro del fiume”, “Lo spettro del canon” (The River's Gold, The Specter

                           of the Canon)

05 (00.00.49) - “I razziatori di West-City”, “Assalto al rancho” (The West-City Raiders,

                          Assault on the Rancho)

06 (22.10.49) - “Il tesoro del pioniere”, “La valle del diavolo” (The Treasure of the

                           Pioneer", "The Valley of the Devil)

07 (29.10.49) - “I falsari di Old City”, “La sconfitta di Porter” (The Forgers of Old City,

                          Porter's Defeat)

08 (00.10.49) - “John il bufalo”, “L’oro della Gold-Bank” (John the Buffalo, Gold From

                           the Gold-Bank)

09 (19.11.49) - “L’assalto alla corriera”, “La gola del «gufo»” (The Assault on the Bus,

                          The Throat of the Owl)

10 (26.11.49) - “Il cavaliere fantasma”, “Il fuorilegge di Red-Star” (The Phantom Knight,

                           The Red-Star Outlaw)

11 (00.12.49) - “La bisca maledetta”, “Il documento scomparso” (The Cursed Gambling

                           Den, "The Missing Document)

12 (00.00.49) - “Il falso mercante”, “Lotta senza quartiere” (The False Merchant,

                           Struggle Without Quarter"

13 (00.00.49) - “L’ultimo dei sioux”, “La beffa del cow-boy” (The Last of the Sioux,

                          The Mockery of the Cowboy)

14 (00.00.00) - “Il ratto di Jannette”, “L’ultimatum dei fuori legge” (The Rape of             

                           Jannette, The Ultimatum of the Outlaws)

15 (00.00.50) - “Il cavaliere senza volto”, “L’antro del bandito” (The Knight Without a

                           Face", The Bandit's Den)

16 (00.00.50) - “Assalto sulla strada ferrata”, “Il trionfo del cow-boy” (The Knight

                           Without a Face, The Bandit's Den)

17 (00.00.50) - “La carovana maledetta”, “La vendetta dello sceriffo” (The Cursed

                           Caravan, The Sheriff's Revenge)

18 (00.00.50) - “Il passo della strega”, “Il segreto della montagna” (The Witch's Pass,

                          The Secret of the Mountain)

19 (00.00.50) - “L’ultimo dei Croner”, “Il tragico duello” (The Last of the Croners, The

                           Tragic Duel)

20 (28.01.50) - “Fuga di Dolores”, “Il segno rivelatore” (Dolores Escape, The Revealing




01 (00.00.50) - “Il ritorno di Keen” (The Return of Keen)

02 (00.00.50) - “La riscossa di Tom” (Tom’s Rescue)

03 (20.12.50) - “Alla ricerca del tesoro” (In Search of Treasure)