Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Amadeo Alcaniz

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.

Amadeo Alcañiz was a Spanish actor born Amadeo Alcañiz Ros in Valencia, Valenciana, Spain in 1889. He and his wife later moved to Cuba. His only credited film role was in the Spanish version of the 1930 western “The Last of the Vargas” where he played the role of Senor Núñez. He was married to actress Marina Alcañiz and the father of actress Luana Alcaniz.

ALCANIZ, Amadeo (aka Amadeo Alcañiz) (Amadeo Alcañiz Ros) [1889, Valencia, Valenciana, Spain – 9/20/1972, Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain] – film actor, married to actress Marina Alcañiz (Marina Pubillones Guallart) [1883-1965] (190?-1965), father of Luana Alcaniz (Ana Lucrecia Ubeda) [1906-1991].

The Last of the Vargas – 1930 (Senor Núñez)

Voices of the Spaghetti Western – “Bullets and Flesh”

 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 “Bullets and Flesh”

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

Nathaniel Masters - Rod Cameron (S) Claudio Rodríguez, (E) Rod Cameron

Chata - Dan Harrison (S) Francisco Valladares

Mabel Masters - Patricia Viterbo (S) Ángela González

Nelson Masters - Manuel Zarzo (S) Manuel Zarzo

Sam Masters - Thomas Moore (S) Manuel Peiró

Minnie - Tota Alba (S) Tota Alba

Judge - Consalvo Dell’Arti (S) Carlos Revilla

Sheriff - Julio Peña (S) Julio Peña








Ángela González   [193? -    ]

Spanish actress and voice dubber Angela González Marín is nicknamed ‘Gela’. She started in radio and since she was the niece of screenwriter Jesús Vasallo, she appeared in small roles in his film "Don José, Pepe y Pepito" (1961) credited as "Angelita González". her debut in 1959 she has lent her voice to practically all Spanish cinema of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and has been the mythical voice of Mimosín, Pili and Mili and Cristina Galbó among others. She’s dubbed such classics as ‘Dynasty’, ‘Falcon Crest’, ‘Santa Barbara’, ‘The Prince of Bel Air’, ‘MacGyver’, ‘Pacific Blue’, ‘X Files’... and cartoons such as ‘X Men’ or the ‘Trotamúsicos’ among others. Not to mention the great Hollywood productions of the last four decades or the best-selling video games internationally. Few dubbing actors and actresses are left with such extensive experience (50 years!).


English Voces of the Spaghetti Westerns – Tom Wyner

 

Born Thomas Halperin Wyner on June 16, 1947, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Wyner has worked as a voice actor on numerous animated dubs, video games and live action Saban Entertainment series over the years and is best friends with fellow voice actor Richard Epcar.

He is best known as the voice of M. Bison in the “Street Fighter II” anime and movie, Project 2501/The Puppet Master in “Ghost in the Shell”, Devimon on “Digimon Adventure”, Quent Yaiden on “Wolf's Rain”, Shogun on “Heat Guy J”, Carrozo 'Iron Mask' Ronah in “Mobile Suit Gundam F91”, Gerard Villefort in “Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo”, Lord Galus in “El-Hazard: The Wanderers”, Father Juliano Colegui on “Witch Hunter Robin”, and Teddy Bomber on “Cowboy Bebop”. In addition, Wyner has worked as script writer for various works for Saban Entertainment, Harmony Gold and Streamline Pictures. He's been employed by Blackstone Audio since February of 2006, and has recorded over 250 audio books.

WYNER, Tom (aka Abe Lasser, Tom Weiner, Phil Matthews, Abe Hart, Hart Lass) (Thomas Halperin Wyner) [6/16/1947, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, U.K. -     ] – producer, director, writer, voice actor.

Tom Wyner’s English dubbed voices:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 [English voice of Confederate Officer on the 2003 extended version]

Special Birthdays

 Marie France (actress) is 80 today.



Monday, February 6, 2023

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Carlos Alcalde

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.

 

Carlos Alcalde was born in Peru and attended National School of Dramatic Art in Lima. He went on to appear is several theater performances before relocating to Spain. Here he has participated in numerous films and television series and is better known as Parrales, for the role of Rosarío Parrales Montoya who played in the series "La que se avecina" of Telecinco. In the fifth season he becomes a fixed character. He’s appeared in two Spaghetti western as Fernando in the 1994 film “Sons of Trinity” with Heath Kizzier and Keith Neubert and in 1998 played Leocacdio in Mario Camus’ “The Return of El Coyote”. He is currently the director of the theater group "Call it X (of Moments)" in Madrid.

ALCALDE, Carlos [Peruvian] – producer, film, TV actor.

Sons of Trinity – 1994 (Fernando)

The Return of El Coyote – 1998 (Leocadio)

Spaghetti Western Location - Black Star Canyon “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “The Mercenary”

 Often referred to as Black Star Canyon it is located in Lomillas, Gabor, Almeria. It’s been seen in numerous Spaghetti westerns and as shown below in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” where Blondie and Tuco are captured by Union soldiers and sent to Bettersville prison camp. The second photo is from “The Mercenary” where Sergei is taking Paco in for the reward on his head.

[“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1965)]

[“The Mercenary” (1968)]

[Black Star Canyon in 2021]


European Comic Books – Albo dello Sceriffo

 








The Sheriff’s Register

This comic book register was a reprint of The Little Sheriff. In the appendix L'Alcione by Aldo Torchio, was reprinted by ALBO BIS and Cuore indomito (Indomitable heart) by Ferdinando Tacconi, Sinbad the Sailor by Franco Bignotti and the comic book story Bill Alamo, the Texas Ranger drawn by G. Rosignoli. The covers were done by Mario Cubbino. The series was published in 1957 with issue #1 being released on May 17, 1957, and it ended publication on August 2, 1958. It was published in Milan, Italy by TOR under the direction of Tristano Torelli and each weekly issue consisted of 32 black and white pages with color covers.

Titles

01 (17.05.57) - "Il Corvo" (The Crow)

02 (24.05.57) - "Il figlio del Lupo" (The Son of the Wolf)

03 (31.05.57) - "L'assalto dell'orda" (The Onslaught of the Horde)

04 (00.00.57) - "L'abisso dell'orrore" (The Abyss of Horror)

05 (00.00.57) - "La donna incatenata" (The Chained Woman)

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07 (00.00.57) - "Gli schiavi della foresta" (The Slaves of the Forest)

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10 (00.00.57) - "Gli scotennatori" (The Scalpers)

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12 (00.00.57) - "Lady Lou" (Lady Lou)

13 (00.00.57) - "Giustizia di Dio" (Justice of God)

14 (00.00.57) - "Il gorilla dal collare rosso" (The Red-Collared Gorilla)

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17 (00.00.57) - "Il Padre Bianco" (The White Father)

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23 (00.00.57) - "Bravo Roki!" (Bravo Roki!)

24 (00.00.57) - "La città dell'oro" (The City of Gold)

25 (00.00.00) - "Le tre pepite" (The Three Nuggets)

26 (00.00.00) - "Kit in pericolo" (Kit in Danger)

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38 (04.04.58) - "Orrore" (Horror)

39 (11.04.58) - "Red il Rosso" (Red the Red)

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41 (25.04.58) - "Il Meticcio" (The Mestizo)

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43 (09.05.58) - "Ted l'Astuto" (The Cunning Ted)

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47 (06.06.58) - "Catena di delitti" (Chain of Crimes)

48 (13.06.58) - "L'ultima infamia" (The Last Infamy)

49 (20.06.58) - "Ganiakis il Greco" (Ganiakis the Greek)

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Special Birthdays

 Valentina Carnelutti (actress) is 50 today.



Sunday, February 5, 2023

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ José Albuquerque

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.

José Albuquerque was a Spanish actor who appeared in fourteen films from 1934 to 1955. He also appeared in roles in the Spanish theater. I can obtain no other information on him.

ALBUQUERQUE, José [Spanish] – theater, film actor.

Three Were Three – 1954

Rafael Albaicin, Nuevo Figura de Nuestro Cine [archived article]

 

Rafael Albaicin, New Figure of Our Cinema

Diario de Burgos

May 1, 1962

Rafael Albaicin, who, due to the exquisiteness of his art (matador), occupied a preferential place in our brava festival, has been captured in the cinema. He has great presence. He is a handsome and arrogant figure. Due to his youth and sensitivity as a great artist, innate qualities in Rafael Albaicin, it is for what we predict a brilliant future for him in the seventh art. In the picture that we have reproduced he appears, with grace and ease, on the steed, in a scene from "Tierra Brutal", a film currently being filmed under the direction of Michael Carreras.

Who Are Those Singers and Musicians? ~ Alain Emery

 

Alain François Emery was born on August 5, 1940, in Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France. He made his mark as a child actor in four films from 1953 to 1958. He starred as Mato in the 1964 French TV series “Les indiens” (The Indians) and sang the main theme song. Emery is still alive today as of this writing but lives an isolated lifestyle in the French village of Alpilles.

EMERY, Alain (Alain François Emery) [8/5/1940, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France –     ] – film, TV actor, singer, married to ? father of Louise Emery.

The Indians (TV) – 1964 [sings: “Les Indiens” (co) ]

Special Birthdays

 Vinicio Raimondo (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2013.









Timothy Brent (Giancarlo Prete) (actor) would have been 80 today but died in 2001.



Saturday, February 4, 2023

Spaghetti Westerns Podcast Season 5, Episode 5 overall #105.

 

You’re invited to join me today at noon PST for episode 5 of season 5 of The Spaghetti Westerns Podcast. We’ll discuss the History of the Spaghetti Western “The Last Gun” with Cameron Mitchell. Next we’ll discover what happened to the perennial badman Livio Lorenzon. Who are those gals? We’ll be uncovering the life of Marianne Koch who played Marisol in “Fistful of Dollars”. The film of the week will be “Dead Men Ride” starring Fabio Testi. The CD of the week will also be “Dead Men Ride” and we’ll have some posters, and an autograph. We close things out with the News of the Week. So tune into The Spaghetti Westerns Podcast Facebook page at noon today. The broadcast will be posted to You Tube later today.

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Mircea Albulescu

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.

Romanian, stage, film, radio and television actor Mircea Albulescu was born in Bucharest on October 4, 1934, he appeared in over 70 films and hundreds of stage plays in a career that spanned over 60 years. In the 1990’s he became involved in politics and held the position of Romanian State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture. He died in a Bucharest hospital on April 8, 2016 from a respiratory ailment at the age of 81. His only Euro-western appearance was as Wheeler in 1978’s “The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians”.

ALBULESCU, Mircea (Iorgu Constantin Vasile Albulescu) [/4/1934, Bucharest, Romania - 4/8/2016, Bucharest, Romania (heart failure)] – poet, writer, theater, film, TV, voice actor, married to Maria Albulescu [1956-2007] (1985-2007) father of director of Porsche Romania Matei Albulescu [1969-    ], he held the position of State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture [1992-1994], decorated with the Order of Faithful Service in rank of Commander [2000], awarded National Award for Lifetime Achievement, by the Ministry of Culture [2003], decorated with Cultural Merit Order in rank of Grand Officer [2004].

The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians – 1978 (Mac Wheeler)

Spaghetti Western Locations – “The Mercenary”

 We continue our search for locations for “The Mercenary”. Paco and Sergei are put against a wall and a firing squad is in position to execute them. The charges against them are read and Sergei scours the sheep herd in front of them and roof tops surrounding the military squad. Suddenly Columba shoots the water barrels off the roof and they land on the firing squad. Paco dives through an open window while Kowalski takes control of the machine gun on the roof above. Columba holds a pistol to Colonel Garcia’s neck and tells him if he moves he’s dead. Sergei and Paco now armed mow down the Mexican forces. A coach suddenly appears and Columba and Paco jump inside and drive away as Sergei holds off the remaining soldiers. Sergei grabs a horse and rides off into the countryside until he catches up with Paco and Columba.

This scene was filmed in old Polopos, Spain.


For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: http://y-yasuda.net/film-location.htm and Captain Douglas Film Locations http://www.western-locations-spain.com/

50th Anniversary of the premier of “The Fabulous Trinity”

 

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “The Fabulous Trinity”. Directed by Steve McCoy and Pedro L. Ramirez it starred Richard Harrison, Fernando Sancho, Chris Huerta, Ricardo Palacios, Cris Huerrta and Fanny Grey. It tells the story that in a Western town, Miss Nora Vargas (Grey), a beautiful bootlegger, meets Scott (Harrison), a bounty hunter that goes to Mexico tracking down outlaws. While in Mexico, three gun smugglers (Huerta, Palacios, Garcia) are arrested by Colonel Jimnez (Sancho) for supplying weapons to General Zapata. They are put to hard labor in a prison camp, but are freed by their niece Nora, who has used all her skills of seduction to get them pardoned. But the guerrilla leader realizes the trap and now the three smugglers are considered fugitives pursued by the Mexican revolutionaries and also by Scott, because the law has put a price on their heads. Miss Vargas hopes to put her three uncles to work smuggling guns again but the weapons are stolen and Scott comes to the rescue capturing the thieves and riding off into the sunset with Nora.

 

Los fabulosos de Trinidad - Spanish title

Los fabulosos de San Agustin - Spanish title

Alla larga amigos... oggi ho il grilletto facile - Italian title

Triniityn villi porukka - Finnish title

Fabuleux trinita - French title

Whisky, Plattfüße und harte Fäuste - German title

Trinity och hans vilda gang - Swedish title

With Friends, Nothing is Easy - English title

The Fabulous Trinity - English title

 

A 1972 Spanish, Italian film co-production [IFISA (Barcelona), Admiral International

     Films (Rome)]

Producer: Ignacio F. Iquino (Ignacio Farres Iquino)

Director: Steve McCoy, Pedro L. Ramirez (Pedro Luis Ramírz)

Story: Ignacio F. Iquino (Ignacio Farres Iquino), Jackie Kelly (Juliana de la Fuente)

Screenplay: Steve MacCohy (Ignacio quino), Jackie Kelly (Juliana de la Fuente)

Cinematography: Antonio Ballesteros, Antonio Ballesteros, Jr. [Eastmancolor,

     Panavision]

Music: Enrique Escobar (Enrique Sotes)

     Song: “Restless Hand” sung by John Campbell

Running time: 96 minutes

 

Cast:

Scott - Richard Harrison (Richard Harrison Jr.)

Colonel Jimenez - Fernando Sancho (Fernando Les)

Pinzo Trinidad/Bud Wesley - Chris Huerta (Crisanto Brieva)

Panza Trinidad/Ray Wesley - Richard Palance (Ricardo Palacios)

Ponza Trinidad/Charles Wesley - Bob Garcy (Tito Garcia)

Wells - Rex Gustafson (Gustavo Re)

Sheriff John - Lluis Nonell (Luís Brunés)

Black Jack - César Ojinaga (César Erill)

Jack - Mike Morton (Miguel Muniesa),

Nora Winters/Vargas - Fanny Grey

Captain Juarez – Luis Oar

Pedrito - Fernando Rubio (Fernando Peña)

Waystation proprietor – Irene D’Astrea

Jiménez’s secretary - Juan Fernández (Juan Muñoz)

Prison guard - John Torres (Juan Torres),

Mulligan - Ricardo Moyán

With: Jack Zurban (Francisco Zurbano), Juan Antonio Rubio (Juan Gracia), Mario Filippo



Special Birthdays

Heinz-Theo Branding (voice actor) would have been 95 today but died in 2013.









 Igor Kvasha (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 2012.



Friday, February 3, 2023

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ “Depserados!” Sylvia Syms

 

In “The Desperados” (1969), Sylvia Syms played the role of Laura Galt her son in the film Pauly Gault was played by her real life adopted son Benjamin Edney.



RIP Louis Velle

 


Veteran French actor, director, writer and comedian Louis Velle died at his home in Paris, Île-de-France, France on February 2, 2023. He was 96. He was a leading actor in the1960s and 1970a and wrote several television soap operas. Born in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt on May 29, 1926, he made his film debut in the 1950s with Maurice Chevalier. He also appeared in over 25, theater plays where he also was a playwright. Velle appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Frontier Hellcat” (1964) as Gordon and in the 1986 short film “Bitumes”.

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Elena Albu

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.

Elena Albu was born on September 1, 1949, in Iasi, Moldova, Romania. She studied at the Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, where she graduated in 1973. In 1972 she started appearing in theater and film, an actress in many of the productions of her husband, director Mircea Veroiu [1941-1997]. Her last theater role was in the show "Snowmen", directed by Louise Dănceanu, which played in the Very Small Theatre in season 1998/1999.

She died alone in her house, the victim of a cerebral hemorrhage caused by a bout of hypertension. Her body was found on March 16, 2003. She was only 43.

Elena’s only Euro-western appearance was in 1973’s “Ulzana” playing Ulzana’s wife.

ALBU, Elena [9/1/1949, Iași, Moldova, Romania - 3/16/2003, Bucharest, Romania (cerebral hemorrhage)] – theater, film actress, married to director, writer, actor Mircea Veroiu [1941-1997] (19??–1997).

Apaches – 1973 (Ulzana’s woman)

The Most Underrated Performances in Westerns, Ranked

 Movieweb

By Molly Phlig

January 1, 2023

The Western film genre has continuously reinvented itself over nearly a century. Here are a few of the great underrated performances along the way.

The Western film genre has been a popular one since the silent film era, hitting its zenith in the 1950s with the help of stars like John Wayne and Gary Cooper. And for legions of viewers, that’s what they think of with Westerns: blockbusters like High Noon and Stagecoach, featuring tales of cowboys and Indians, with clear-cut heroes and villains and damsels in distress. It began as a quintessentially American genre, all about the frontier spirit and Manifest Destiny.

Later viewers became familiar with the spaghetti Westerns of the '60s and '70s like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Fistful of Dollars, and Once Upon a Time in the West, exporting the genre to Italy and beyond. Since then, numerous countries have given their own take on the Western, with intriguing offerings from South Korea (The Good, The Bad, The Weird), Mexico (El Mariachi), Australia (The Nightingale, True History of the Kelly Gang), a whole slew from India, and beyond. We’re taking a look at some of the more under-the-radar performances across the western genre, those that broke the classic mold with style.

10. Iggy Pop and Billy Bob Thornton as Sally and Big George - Dead Man (1995).

To say that Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man is a different kind of Western is an understatement. Johnny Depp’s William Blake is on the run through a postmodern black and white world to a Neil Young soundtrack, with a Native American companion who calls himself Nobody and a quirky cast including everyone from Crispin Glover to Robert Mitchum. Like in most Jarmusch films, sometimes it is the side characters whose stories you really want to know, and this time it’s Billy Bob Thornton as a gruff mountain man with concerns about his hair, and Iggy Pop as a cross-dressing fur trader with a penchant for the Bible who could have (should have?) had their own film.

9. Everyone - Sukiyaki Western Django (2007).

8 Katharine Ross as Etta Place - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).

7. Guy Pearce as Second Lieutenant John Boyd - Ravenous (1999).

Guy Pearce gives a subtle, conflicted performance as Second Lieutenant John Boyd, a somewhat cowardly Civil War veteran whose great moment in battle only comes because he is hiding in a pile of corpses. Exiled to a remote garrison with other outcasts, Boyd thinks all he will have to wrestle with is his conscience; that is, until Robert Carlyle’s Colonel Ives comes along with a hideous tale of cannibalism. Carlyle takes up a lot of the screen, chewing, swallowing, and spitting out scenery, but Pearce is captivating as his options narrow, forced decide whether to become a cannibal like Carlyle’s mad Colonel Ives (it does have a few perks) or kill Ives and himself before things get even farther out of hand.

6. John Hurt as Jellon Lamb - The Proposition (2005).

5. Pina Pellicer as Louisa Longworth - One-Eyed Jacks (1961).

4. Ben Foster as Charlie Prince - 3:10 to Yuma (2007).

3. Chief Dan George as Old Lodge Skins - Little Big Man (1970).

2. Patricia Neal as Alma - Hud (1963).

1Jean-Louis Trintignant as Gordon or Silence - The Great Silence (1968).

You’d better have a knack for being subtle if you’re acting against someone like Klaus Kinski, and Jean-Louis Trintignant does just that. Add the fact that his character is a mute and the feat of acting he pulls off is even more stunning. Kinski is a bounty killer named Loco who killed Silence’s parents and sliced his vocal cords when he was a child. Grown up now, Silence joins forces with the bandits that Loco hunts through a snowy mountain range, preceded by his reputation for manipulating his enemies into drawing their weapons first, so he technically only kills in self-defense. Perhaps Silence’s sensitivity and vulnerability are automatically assumed by the audience due to his muteness and the loss of his parents, but Trintignant is able to express multitudes through just a flick of the eyes while Kinski’s Loco thrashes about in this wintry spaghetti Western.

[Why I hate lists. No mention of the greatest performance which has to be Eli Wallach in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”] TB.

Special Birthdays

 Frankie Vaughan (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 1999.








Victor Buono (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 1982.








Marshall Efron (actor) is 85 today.



Thursday, February 2, 2023

Groundhog's Day 2023

 

Sorry, 6 more weeks of winter.

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Josef Albrecht

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.

Josef Albrecht was born on November 27, 1894 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. Albrecht appeared in 14 films and TV appearances as a supporting and character actor, from 1954’s “Tanz in der Sonne” directed by Géza von Cziffra to the TV film “Der Fall Harry Domela” (1965). Josef appeared in only one Euro-western as Ted Daniels in “The Sheriff was a Lady” in 1964.

Albrecht died on January 10, 1996, in Hamburg, Germany at 102 years of age.

ALBRECHT, Josef [11/27/1894, Vienna, Austria-Hungary – 1/10/1966, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany] – film, TV actor.

The Sheriff was a Lady – 1964 (Ted Daniels)

Documentary tapes: boom of titles Light in contention

 


Cinecitta News

February 1, 2023

“Sergio Leone, the Italian who invented America” directed by Francesco Zippel, produced by Sky Studios and Sky Italia with Leone Film Group, is the Documentary of the Year 2023. This was announced by the SNGCI that will deliver the Nastro d'Argento to the director in Rome, immediately after the Berlin Film Festival, together with the awards for the best documentaries. The Zippel doc struck the journalists for "the originality and emotion that you breathe from the first shot, renewing with affection and great care the tribute to a Master never celebrated enough with an unprecedented cut, rich in the most prestigious international testimonies. A story that enhances the value of the innovative gaze and unique creativity of Sergio Leone, a man born in the cinema who has made immortal sequences, protagonists, music, and images of his cinema".



Clint Eastwood Legacy Collection From Sideshow Honors His Greatest Works

 SCREEN RANT

By Charles Nicholas Raymond

January 13, 2023

Sideshow's Clint Eastwood Legacy Collection, which commemorates some of the actor's biggest roles, is available for pre-order on their website.

A handful of the most memorable characters in cinematic history were portrayed by Clint Eastwood. Over the years, the Western and action movie legend has contributed a great deal to the Hollywood industry both as a director and as an actor. And now, some of the most important characters in his career are being brought to life via a series of detailed figures from Sideshow Collectibles.

Thanks to a partnership with the actor himself, Sideshow Collectibles is producing the Clint Eastwood Legacy Collection, which consists of figures depicting a few of his most well-known characters. Each 1:6 figure represents an iconic movie hero played by Eastwood. In 2023, Sideshow plans to release figures of the Clint Eastwood characters from Dirty Harry, Pale Rider, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Last February, Screen Rant revealed the first images of the Dirty Harry figure. Now, fans of the actor and director can get a closer look at images of the three upcoming figures.

Releasing first is Dirty Harry, the protagonist of the 1971 classic of the same. In four action thrillers, Eastwood played Harry Callahan, the cold-blooded detective known for his ruthless approach to fighting crime. Measuring 12 inches tall and complete with his signature .44 magnum revolver, the figure shares the look sported by the character in the first Dirty Harry film. Like every figure in the collection, Dirty Harry is fully poseable and can be customized through removable clothing and accessories, such as his jacket.

Dirty Harry is without question one of Eastwood's two most celebrated roles; the other is the Man With No Name, another character now being imagined as a figure in Sideshow Collectibles' Clint Eastwood Legacy Collection. Commonly referred to as the Man With No Name, the no-nonsense, quick-shooting drifter is remembered as the character whose films launched Eastwood to stardom and made him one of Hollywood's most popular "tough guys."

Easily recognized by his trademark poncho, Eastwood's nameless gunslinger appeared in a trilogy of Spaghetti Westerns. Sideshow's figure uses his look from the third film, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The third installment in the collection, shipping early this year, is a figure of a Clint Eastwood character called the Preacher. In 1985, the actor starred in Pale Rider as an aging pastor who turned out be an expert gunslinger with a mysterious past. As an older character, the Preacher represents a different era of Eastwood's acting career, but still captures the toughness and ferocity that tends to go hand-in-hand with the Hollywood star's movies.

On the subject of the Dirty Harry figure and the Clint Eastwood Legacy Collection as a whole, Sideshow creative director Tom Gilliland talked about the importance of Eastwood's characters and how their close partnership has helped in producing these figures.

[Throughout the nearly 30 years that Sideshow has been in business, it is rare to have a creative partnership like the one we have with Clint Eastwood.

Mr. Eastwood and his team have been incredibly communicative and collaborative – and the Clint Eastwood Legacy Collection reflects that genuine integration of talent, insight and direction. I am so proud of what we have created together, and the quick sell-out of the Dirty Harry 1:6th figure represents how we have struck a chord with the fan community, as well.

 

The pieces in the Clint Eastwood Legacy Collection are uniquely impactful. But I am most excited about what is to come next… Mr. Eastwood’s characters are symbols of strength, inspiration and independence for so many fans – and, working closely with the man himself, we have captured that essence in interpretive 1:4 scale statuary that will stir those feelings in the hearts of fans as well.]

 

Each of these incredible Clint Eastwood figurines will be available to ship in 2023, and if the reception to Dirty Harry is any proof, are sure to be hugely popular. Make sure to visit Sideshow and reserve a spot on the waitlist in order to build a collection worthy of Eastwood's legacy.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2Eju7034vg

 

 

*Buyer beware. I’ve had my ‘Man With No Name’ figure on order since September 2022 and the order has been delayed three times. The latest delivery schedule in spring 2023.


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Hans-Otto Alberty

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.

Hans-Otto Alberty was born in Berlin, Germany on November 13, 1933. He started out as an amateur boxer before discovering a talent for acting, making his début at the City Theatre in Konstanz in 1959. He then began to take supporting roles in films. He made his first appearance in English language films as an SD officer (who captures Richard Attenborough) in “The Great Escape” (1963). With his broad face, broken nose and distinctive white-blond hair, he would go on to play variations of the role of German officers in a series of films, notably “Battle of the Bulge” (1965), Andrew V. McLaglen's “The Devil's Brigade” (1968), Luchino Visconti's “The Damned” (1969), and as a Waffen-SS tank commander of a Tiger I tank from the 1st SS Panzer Division LSSAH in “Kelly's Heroes” (1970). He played a Luftwaffe general in “The Battle of Britain” (1969). He also continued to work in both Germany and Italy in a wide variety of films from dramas and comedies to Spaghetti westerns. He also made regular appearances on German television. His last appearance was in the TV series ‘War and Remembrance’ (1988). He was variously credited as Charles Albert, Charles Alberty and Carlo Alberti. Alberty died on April 25, 2015, at the age of 81.

ALBERTY, Hans-Otto (aka Charles Albert, Carl Otto Alberti, Otto Albertj, Charles Alberty, Hans Otto Alberty, Karl Otto Alberty, Karl Alberty Otto, Karl Heinz Otto) (Karl-Otto Alberty) [11/13/1933, Berlin, Berlin, Germany – 4/25/2015] – amateur boxer, theater, film, TV actor.

The Man from Oklahoma – 1965 (Hondo) [as Charles Alberty]

Day of Anger – 1967 (blond deputy with harmonica)

New French Blu-ray release “Le Grand Silence”

 






Le Grand Silence”

The Great Silence

(1968)

 

Director: Sergio Cobrucci

Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff

 

Country: France

DVD

Label: Studio Canal

Format: PAL

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Languages: DD 2.0 mono French, Italian

Subtitles: French

Running time: 105 minutes

ASIN: ‎B09QP5J62D

Available: February 1, 2023

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Arlene Dahl

 

Arlene Carol Dahl, of Norwegian extraction, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 11, 1925. She was an American actress active in films from the late 1940s. Dahl was one of the last surviving stars from the Classical Hollywood cinema era. Arriving in Hollywood in 1946, she signed a brief contract with Warner Brothers, but she is best remembered for her work at MGM. “The Bride Goes Wild” (1948) was her first work at Metro. It was an odd but rather humorous love story, which starred Van Johnson and June Allyson.

Although her beauty captivated audiences, it ultimately limited her to smaller roles, and the mark she made at MGM was small. Some of her best films were “Reign of Terror” (1949), which actually required some acting and she acquitted herself quite well, “Three Little Words” (1950), “Woman's World” (1954), “Slightly Scarlet” (1956) and “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1959).

Leaving films behind her in 1959, her typecasting would pay off financially as she became a beauty columnist and writer. She later established herself as a businesswoman, founding Arlene Dahl Enterprises which marketed lingerie and Dahlia a perfume company.

She was married six times, two of whom were actors Lex Barker [1919-1973] from 1951-1952 and Fernando Lamas [1915-1982) from 1954-1960 (both appeared in Euro-westerns). She is the mother of actor star Lorenzo Lamas [1958- ], and actually made a guest appearance in his film “Night of the Warrior” (1991).

Dahl appeared in only one Euro-western 1969’s “Land Raiders” as Martha Cardenas the wife of Telly Savalas’ character.

Arlene Dahl died in Manhattan, New York on November 29, 2021. She was 96.

DAHL, Arlene (Arlene Carol Dahl) [8/11/1925, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. – 11/29/2021, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.] – writer, film, TV actress, singer, married to actor Lex Barker (Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr.) [1919–1973] (1951-1952), married to producer, director, writer, actor, singer Fernando Lamas [1915-1982] (1954-1960), mother of producer, director, stuntman, actor, singer Lorenzo Lamas (Lorenzo y de Santos Lamas) [1958-    ], married to Chris Holmes (Christian R. Holmes) [1923-1996] (1960-1964) mother of actress Carole Christina Holmes [1961-    ], married to entrepreneur, writer, Alexis Lichine [1913-1989] (1964-1969), married to industrialist Rounsevelle W. Schaum [1934-    ] (1969-1976) mother of Rounsevelle Andreas Schaum [1970-    ], married to packaging designer Marc Rosen [1947-    ] (1984-2021), grandmother of actor A.J. Lamas (Alvaro Joshua Lamas) [1983-    ], actress Shayne Lamas [1985-    ], director, actress Paton Ashbrook (Paton Lee Lamas) [1988-    ], actress Alexandra Lamas (Alexandra Lynne Lamas) [1997-    ], art department Victoria Lamas [1999-    ], Isabella Lamas [2001 -    ], founded Arlene Dahl Creations [1954].

Land Raiders – 1969 (Martha Cardenas)

Lex Barker Documentary – 2010 [herself]

Special Birthdays

 Piero Lulli (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 1991.









Stuart Whitman (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 2020.



Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Vic Albert

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated. 

Most likely Vic Albert is an American actor and full name Victor Albert. The two films below are the only films I can find associated with this actor. I can find no other biographical information on him. The alternative is that it is an alias for a Spanish actor.  

ALBERT, Vic – film actor.

Valdez is Coming – 1970 (townsmen)

Bad Man’s River – 1971

Voices of the Spaghetti Western – “Buffalo Bill Hero of the Far West”

 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 “Buffalo Bill Hero of the Far West”

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

Buffalo Bill – Gordon Scott (I) Emilio Cigoli, (G) Michael Chevalier, (F) Jean-Claude Michel

Moonbeam – Catherine Ribeiro (I) Rita Savagnone, (G) Claudia Brodzinska, (F) Catherine Ribeiro

Monroe – Jan Hendricks (I) Arturo Dominici, (G) Jan Hendriks, (F) Jacques Beauchey

Colonel Peterson – Roldano Lupi (I) Roldano Lupi, (G) Harald Wolff, (F) Jean Michaud

Mary Peterson - Ingeborg Schöner (I) Rosetta Calavetta, (G) Margot Leonard, (F) Catherine Sola

Big Sam Donaldson – Mario Brega (I) Renato Turi, (G) Martin Hirthe, (F) Claude Bertrand








Jean-Claude Michel  (1925 – 1999)

Jean-Claude Michel was born in Paris, France on January 5, 1925. was a French actor. He worked as a voice dubber for 50 years and was known in France as the "French voice" of Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood and Leslie Nielsen. He also sometimes dubbed Gregory Peck, Rod Taylor, James Garner, Walter Matthau, Charlton Heston, Gene Hackman, Rock Hudson, Max Von Sydow, Jack Palance, Roger Moore, Paul Newman, Vittorio Gassman, James Franciscus, Robert Webber, Tony Curtis and Richard Burton. He was married to actress Paule Emanuele [1927- ]. Michel worked in dubbing for 50 years and was known for being the French voice of Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood in most of their films. He also dubbed Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Vittorio Gassman, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Mitchum and many others. In 1960, Heston sent Michel a letter praising his vocal performance in dubbing Heston for Ben-Hur. Michel was married to actress Paule Emanuele [1927- ](m. ?–1999) and was the father of three children.


English voices of the Spaghetti Western - Bret Morrison

 

Bret Morrison was born on May 5, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois. He was an American actor best known as the voice of the mysterious crusader for law and order on radio's The Shadow. He was also a popular cabaret singer. Morrison entered radio during the 1930s while he was still in Chicago High School. He began with The First Nighter Program. In 1937, he was in the cast of Lucky Girl, a Monday-Friday drama broadcast on WGN in Chicago.

Morrison portrayed the Shadow longer than any other actor, spending 10 years in the role in two separate runs. Bill Johnstone played the Shadow until early 1943. Morrison replaced Johnstone in April, 1943, continuing until 1944. John Archer (1944–45) was followed by Steve Courtleigh (1945). Morrison then returned from 1945 until 1954. For many, he was the definitive voice of the Shadow, though his delivery was much less sinister than Orson Welles, who also portrayed the Shadow during its first full year run.

At age 66, Morrison died of a heart attack on September 25, 1978. He was found slumped over the steering wheel of his parked car on a Hollywood street where he had stopped for shopping after taping an episode of Heartbeat Theater. It was believed 107-degree temperatures in a Southern California heat wave may have prompted Morrison's heart attack. He was 66.

MORRISON, Bret [5/5/1912, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. – 9/25/1978, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.] – radio, film, TV, voice actor, married to actress, singer Sylvia Syms (Sylvia Blagman) [1916-1992] (1946-1953), father of Edward Morrison.

Bret Morrison’s English dubbed voices:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – [English voice of José Montoya]

Special Birthdays

 Sheyla Rosin (actress) is 80 today.








Paul Jabara (actor) would have been 75 today but died in 1992.



Monday, January 30, 2023

Little Known European Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Eugen Albert

 These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.

Eugen Albert was a film actor and stuntman. He appeared in 25 German films and TV series from 1974 until 2002. Whether he was actually born in Germany I don’t know as I can find no biographical information on him. He appeared in only one Euro-western as Tael in 1973’s “Ulzana” starring Gojko Mitic.

ALBERT, Eugen – stuntman, film, TV actor.

Ulzana – 1973 (Tael)