Tuesday, May 10, 2022

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Joe Dakota”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of 1972’s “Joe Dakota”. The film was directedby Emilio Miraglia using the pseudonym of Hal Brady and starring Richard Harrison, Antonio Cantafora, Roberto Maldera, Franca Polsello and José Torres. The story goes that Ted Brown (Roberto Maldera) and his gang pull off a bank robbery and Ted hides the loot. Meanwhile a wounded and dying man hands over a map to buried money to Joe Dakota (Richard Harrison), a poor hunter who has rescued him. Ted’s henchmen find Joe and torture him to try and make him reveal what he knows. The burns inflicted on him make him go blind. The band take advantage of Joe’s weaknesses for Rosy (Franca Polsella), the madam of the saloon so he promises to lead them to the money. When the gang take Rosy and Joe to their hideout he is beaten by the robbers, who take the map and go for the loot. Joe, who has since regained the use of his eyes, eliminates the bandits but during the fight Rosy takes advantage of their distraction to flee with the money. Recklessly she tries to cross a swollen river and is swept away. Joe, who tries in vain to help her, is left standing alone with nothing.


Spara Joe... e così sia! - Italian title
Un uomo chiamoto Dakota Joe - Italian title

Dispara Joe... y asi sea - Spanish title
Joe Dakota - Spanish title

Joe Altra Matar – Brazilian title
Tire Joe et... Amen! - French title
Einai kairos na pethaneis, Joe - Greek title
Shoot Joe, and Shoot Again - U.S.A. title
Joe Dakota - U.S.A. title

A 1971 Italian, Spanish co-production [Neptunia (Milan), P.C. Balcázar S.A.(Barcelona)]
Producer: Benito Bertaccini
Director: Hal Brady (Emilio Miraglia)
Story: Jean Josipovici
Screenplay: Jean Josipovici, Hal Brady (Emilio Mirgalia)
Cinematography: Silvio Fraschetti [Eastmancolor, Totalscope]
Music: Vasco & Mancuso (Vasili Kojucharov, Elsio Mancuso)
Running time: 88 minutes

Joe Dakota - Richard Harrison (Richard Harrison Jr.)

Tab – Antonio Cantafora
Ted Brown - Roberto Maldera
Rosy - Franca Polsello
Lou - José Torres (José Medina)
Jack - Indio Gonzales (Gaspar González)
Sam - Vittorio Fanfoni
Chuck - Rick Boyd (Federico Boido)
Sheriff - Paolo Magalotti

Bandit – Giulio Baraghini

Lou Sastrol – Alberigo Donadeo

Cowhand assaulting Rosy – Corrado Olmi

Bartender – Giulio Battiferi

Dance attendee – Rolando De Santis

Bank teller - Bernard Faber (Bernard Farber),
with: Claudio Trionfi


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