Monday, December 5, 2022

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Sting of the West”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Sting of the West” directed by Enzo G. Castellari and starring Jack Palance, Timothy Brent and Lionel Stander. The story tells of Tedeum Manure (Timothy Brent) along with his father Stinky (Lionel Stander), his mother and grandfather insult and beat each other up furiously, but in their own way they love each other. They have the deed to a rich mine in an area that is full of cheaters and swindlers where documents relating to mining operations are non-existent. Mr. Grant (Eduardo Fajardo) buys these unproductive mines at auction at ridiculously low prices, which he then operates, with the intention of getting his hands on a real producing mine sooner or later. Coming on the scene is Father Jackleg (Jack Palance) a fake priest who is actually an escaped convict named Buck Santin on whose head hangs a sizeable reward. Tedeum and all the Manure family find themselves in the pool of a public restroom, where their mine document becomes soggy and faded, and then useless. Finally, it all comes together in a penitentiary, at the center of which is the well that leads to the rich mine.


Te Deum – Italian title

Tedeum – Spanish title

Sore in the Saddle – Australian title

Tedeum – Um Pistoleiro em Apuros – Brazilian title

Man kalder os Vestens frækkeste fupmagere – Danish title

Tedeum - Lännen rämäpää – Finnish title

Te deum – French title

Tedium – Jeder Hiess ein Prankschleg – German title

Tedeum, i pio dynati grothia – Greek title

Vrohi apo sfaires – Greek title

Dá-lhe Agora Tedeum – Portuguese title

Tedium tar hem potten – Swedish title

The Con Men – English title

Father Jackleg – English title

Sting of the West – English title


A 1972 Italian, Spanish film co-production [FP Cinematografica, Canaria Film (Rome),

     Tecisa (Madrid)]

Producers: Franco Palaggi, Virgilio De Blasi

Director: Enzo G. Castellari (Enzo Girolami)

Story: Gianni Simonelli (Giovanni Simonelli), José G. Maesso (José Gutiérrez Maesso),

     Enzo Girolami

Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Gianni Simonelli (Giovanni Simonelli), Enzo Girolami, José G.

     Maesso (José Gutiérrez Maesso)

Cinematography: Manuel Rojas (Manuel Hidalgo) [Technicolor, Techniscope]

Music: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

Running time: 99 minutes



Buck Santini/Father Jackleg – Jack Palance (Volodmyr Palanyuk, Jr.)

Tedium Manure – Timothy Brent (Giancarlo Prete)

Stinky Manure – Lionel Stander

Betty Brown – Francesca Romana Coluzzi

Grant – Eduardo Fajardo

Wendy Brown – Mabel Karin (Ana Suriani)

Sheriff – Riccardo Garrone

Sheriff on train – Gianclaudio Jabes (Jean-Claude Jabes)

Ma Manure – María Vico (María Villardo)

Rags Manure – Renzo Palmer (Renzo Bigatti)

Billy – Ángel Álvarez (Ángel Fernandez)

Blake – Rocco Lerro

Smith – Ettore Mattia

Waiter – Dante Cleri

Rich man on train – Ivan Palance (Ivan Palanyuk)

Grant henchman – Freddy Unger (Goffredo Unger), Claudio Ruffini

Branch - Miguel Jiminez Pedregosa

Francisco – Franco Borelli

Miner – Karl Braun

Little Girl – Stefania Girolami

Way station cook – Carlo Calo

Man at water trough – Paolo Figlia

Beer wagon driver – Joaquin Solis

Train passenger – Paul Costello

Waiter – Bruno Boschetti

With: Carla Mancini, Fidel Gonzáles (Fidel Gárcia), Guillermo Méndez

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