Friday, May 27, 2022

50th Anniversary of the premier of “The Magnificent West”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of the Italian comedy western “The Magnificent West” directed by Gianni Crea and starring Vassili Karis. The film tells the story of a young gunslinger named Texas Bill (Karis ) and his friend Pistola (Italo Gaseperini) who save an innkeeper and his daughter Mary (Fiorella Mannoia) from the hands of two outlaws just a few years after saving two brothers, Fred and Jim , from an unjust hanging. Their dual action raises the ire of Martin (Gordon Mitchell), a gang leader who dominates, with terror the city of Tucson. He tries to get rid of Texas Bill by having him jailed, but the young gunman, with the help of Pistola, escapes and joins a group of farmers who have settled in a village a few miles from Tucson. Anticipating a showdown with Martin's men, they are prepared to meet the gang head-on and when they do attack are soundly defeated. Martin’s rule is reduced to impotence, Texas along with Mary, rides off to new adventures.


Il magnifico west – Italian title

Texas Bill – Brazilian title

Une corde a l’aube – French title

El Oeste magnifico – Spanish title

My Name is Texas Bill – English title

The Magnificent Texan – U.K. title

The Magnificent West – U.S.A. title


A 1972 Italian film production [Dinmanica (Rome)]

Producer: Elio Ottaviani

Director: Gianni Crea

Story: Gianni Crea

Screenplay: Gianni Crea

Cinematography: Giovanni Raffaldi [Eastmancolor, widescreen]

Music: Stelvio Cipriani

Running time: 84 minutes



Texas Bill – Vassili Karis (Vassili Karamesinis)

Lefty Jim – Lorenzo Fineschi

Fred – Derio Pino (Dario Pino)

‘Pistola’ – Italo Gasperini

Sam Gun – Gennarino Pappagalli

Martin – Gordon Mitchell (Charles Pendleton)

Martin henchman – Artemio Antonini, Enzo Pulcrano (Vincenzo Pulcrano), Sergio


Mary – Fiorella Mannoia

Bearded Martin henchman – Emilio Messina

Girl at dance – Olga Bisera (Olga Vukotic)

Spy - Pino Mattei (Giuseppe Mattei)

With: Mimmo Raffa (Domenico Raffa)


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