Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Jacqueline Alexandre

 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.

Jacqueline Alexandre was born in France on November 27, 1942. She a popular French journalist, TV host and newscaster from 1969 to 1989 (on the ORTF, Antenne 2 and Fr 3), Jacqueline Alexandre also appeared in a few films and TV films, but more as a hobby than with the wish to achieve an acting career. Her other hobby is as an avid collector of stamps from the early Victorian era. Today she manages the Upsa Institute of Pain, which has contributed nine million francs in five years to research and opened nine pain centers around the world.

ALEXANDRE, Jacqueline [11/27/1942, France -     ] – journalist, newscaster, film, TV actress, host.

Return of Sabata – 1971 (Jackie McIntock)

70th Karl May season at Bad Segeberg


The Karl May Festival was founded in 1952, the exciting stories from the dream world of the author Karl May have been performed on Kalkberg. Due to the cancellation of the play in 2020 and 2021 due to the corona pandemic, the anniversary season was also postponed by two years. In the summer of 2022, the Karl May Play returned and experienced the eighth attendance record in a row. 406,917 people saw the new play "The Oil Prince".

The 2023 season runs from June 24th to 3 September 3rd. The play is performed from Thursday to Saturday from 3 and 8 pm and Sundays from 3 pm. The premiere starts on 24 June 24th at 8.30 pm. Alexander Klaws plays Winnetou for the third time.

Voices of the Spaghetti Western “Four Bullets for Joe”

 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 voices.

Today we’ll cover “Four Bullets for Joe

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

Frank Dalton – Paul Piaget (S) José Martínez Blanco, (F) Roger Rudel

Sheriff Paul – Fernando Casanova (S) Claudio Rodríguez

Katy - Liz Poitel (S) Lola Cervantes

Margaret - Barbara Nelli (S) Ángela González

Judge - Rafael Bardem (S) Eduardo Calvo

Eduardo Calvo (1918 – 1992)

 The film was never released in Germany; therefore it wasn't dubbed. Thanks to Michael Ferguson for this additional information.

Eduardo Calvo  (1918 – 1992)

Eduardo Calvo Muñoz was born in Lozoyuela, Madrid, Spain on March 26, 1918. The son of actor Rafael Calvo (Rafael Calvo Ruiz de Morales) [1911-1966] and the nephew of actor Ricardo Calvo (Ricardo Calvo Agosti) [1875-1966]. He is the brother of actor Rafael Luis Calvo (Rafael Luis Calvo Muñoz) [1911-1988].

Eduardo and his older brother Rafael Luis Calvo were children of the famous film actor Rafael Calvo, and in the 1940s they decided to follow in his footsteps by playing small roles in the movies and dubbing foreign films.  Rafael Luis settled in Barcelona while Eduardo stayed in Madrid. Eduardo He began his career on stage in 1937 and ten years later, he made his screen debut in "El Verdugo", but his career in cinema didn't take off until the 1970s. He is known for his work on “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988), “The Heifer” (1985) and “Travelling Companion” (1979).

Unlike his brother, Eduardo combined his work in front of and behind the cameras until the end of his career, which brought a characteristic rough voice and a veteran presence.  He became a habitual dubber of cinematographic minorities like John Carradine and Walter Brennan and also dubbed himself in international co-productions.  In the cinema he worked under the direction of directors like Carlos Saura, Jaime de Armiñán, Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis Berlanga, Pilar Miró, Pedro Almodóvar, Jesus Franco and Francisco Rodríguez.  He acted in the TVE series ‘El picaro’ giving life to the character of Monipodio.  In 1983 he dubbed Alfred Hitchcock in the television series ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents.’

All sources say erroneously that he died August 13th but it was actually July 25,1992.

Special Birthdays

 Silla Bettini (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2003.

Tom Aldredge (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 2011.

Erol Tas (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 1998.

Yanti Sommer (actress) is 75 today.


Monday, February 27, 2023

RIP Les Barker


RIP Les Barker. Les Barker, who died on January 15, 2023 in Oswestry, West Midlands, England, U.K., was a poet/performer and author much admired on the folk scene. Born in Manchester, England on January 30, 1947, the only child of Miriam (nee Crabtree) and George Barker, who owned a newsagent shop, Les attended Manchester grammar school. He was a bright lad and after training at Manchester College became a chartered accountant, working at the city’s town hall until 1982. But he found it boring. His real talent was in writing silly poems, which he would perform at local folk clubs. He soon became a regular at folk clubs and festivals all over Great Britain. In 1989, he formed the Mrs Ackroyd Band with Hilary Spencer, Alison Younger and Chris Harvey, putting his words to music. Barker appeared in the futuristic Euro-western “Welcome to Blood City (1976) starring Jack Palance in the credited role of 3rd citizen.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Jesse Alexander

 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.


Jesse Alexander is the son of actor, son of producer, director, composer, songwriter, actor David Hess (David Alexander Hess) [1936-2011] and actress Karoline Mardeck [1956- ]. After high school at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley he went to the University of Davis for a semester, but it wasn’t for him. He then went to Western State College of Colorado before transferring back home to College of Marin where he graduated in 2000. He also Studied Theatre, Music and Psychology at University of Redlands graduating in 2005.

Today he’s a single father with a beautiful daughter.

ALEXANDER, Jesse (Jesse Alexander Hess) [1/9/1979, Mill Valley, California, U.S.A. -     ] – film actor, son of producer, director, composer, songwriter, actor David Hess (David Alexander Hess) [1936-2011] and actress Karoline Mardeck (Regina Mardeck Morris) [1956-    ], married to ? father of a daughter.

Buck at the Edge of Heaven – 1991 (Tim)

New Blu-ray/DVD combo “The Sisters Brothers”


“The Sisters Brothers”



Director: Jacques Audiard

Starring: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Armeo


Country: U.K.

Label: Arrow Video

Resolution: 4K (2160p) Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)

Language: English Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound

Subtitles: English

Extras: Brand new audio commentary by authors and critics C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke. Barry Forshaw on “The Sisters Brothers”, a brand-new video essay by film critic Barry Forshaw on “The Sisters Brothers” and the psychological Western genre “His Own Private Wild West”, archival hour-long making-of documentary featuring interviews with many cast and crew members including director Jacques Audiard, actor John C. Reilly, cinematographer Benoît Debie, Production designer Michel Barthélémy, sound designer Brigitte Taillandier and Patrick DeWitt, author of the novel The Sisters Brothers. Animated reviews. Trailers. Short promotional featurettes. Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket. Double-sided fold-out “Wanted” poster. Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by film critic Howard Hughes, academic and Audiard expert Gemma King and original production notes

Available: February 27, 2023

European Comic Books – Albo Gabbiano Rosso


White Gabbiano Rosso

This comic book series of the seventh edition contains previously published stories of “Pioneer Buffalo Bill” (BB), “White Eagle” (AB), “Captain Blood” (CB) “The Red Seagull” (GR) with texts by P. Bracaglie and Isan with drawings by Clario Onesti. The covers were drawn by Giovanni Sforza Boselli. The last two issues of the series do not have titles on the cover.

The series was published in 1954 with issue #1 being released on September 13, 1954 and ending with issue #11 on February 16, 1955. They were published by Pioniere in Rome under the direction of Dina Rinaldi. Each issue contained 32 black and white pages with color covers.


01 (13.09.54) - “Buffalo Bill e Nuvola Rossa” (BB) (Buffalo Bill and Red Cloud)

02 (04.10.54) - “Buffalo Bill contro il tatuato” (BB) (Buffalo Bill Against the Tattooed)

03 (18.10.54) - “Aquila Bianca” (AB) (White Eagle)

04 (01.11.54) - “La rivolta dei chejennes” (AB) (The Revolt of the Cheyennes)

05 (16.11.54) - “L’ultima battaglia” (AB) (The Last Battle)

06 (01.12.54) - “Capitan Blood” (CB) (Captain Blood)

07 (16.12.54) - “I pirati della Tortuga” (CB) (The Pirates of Tortuga)

08 (01.01.55) - “Il corsaro fantasma” (CB) (The Corsair Ghost)

09 (16.01.55) - “Il Gabbiano Rosso” (GR) (The Red Seagull)

10 (01.02.55) - “La beffa di Londra” (GR) (The Hoax of London)

11 (16.02.55) - “La missione del Cormorano” (GR) (The Mission of the Cormorant)

Special Birthays

 Zofia Jamry (actress) would have been 105 today but died in 2006.

Pascale Petit (actress) is 85 today.

Rosanna Yani (actress) is 85 today.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

RIP François Hadji-Lazaro


Hadji-Lazaro, founder of the French rock band Les Garçons Bouchers. He was a guitarist and singer, who had also founded the group Pigalle, died on February 25, 2023, at the age of 66. Born in 1956 in Paris, he is best known for founding Les Garçons Bouchers. With the Wampas or Bérurier noir, it was one of the flagship bands in the French alternative rock scene of the 1980s. It was formed in 1986 under the leadership of François Hadji-Lazaro before being dissolved in 1997. François Hadji-Lazaro then pursued his solo career, directing the independent record company Boucherie Productions and performing children's songs. François appeared in one Euro-western 2004’s “Lucky Luke and the Daltons” playing the role of the grocer.


RIP Gordon Pinsent


RIP Gordon Pinsent. Iconic Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent died at his Toronto, Ontario home surrounded by his family on February 25th. He was 92. He starred opposite Julie Christie as a husband losing his wife to Alzheimer’s disease in Sarah Polley’s “Away From Her”. Born Gordon Edward Pinsent on July 12, 1930, in Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada he was a household name in his country, Pinsent also appeared on the big screen in Norman Jewison’s “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968), Lasse Hallström’s “The Shipping News” (2001), Michael McGowan’s “Saint Ralph” (2004) and Don McKellar’s “The Grand Seduction” (2013). On television, he played Possum Lake resident Hap Shaughnessy, a teller of tall tales, on the Canadian comedy ‘The Red Green Show’ from 1991-2004 and was Chicago-based Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Bob Fraser on the CTV/CBS series ‘Due South’ from 1994-99. Pinsent appeared on the Euro-western TV film “Red River” (1996) as Mr. O’Malley.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Fred Alexander

 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.

Alfred Beeh was born on June 16, 1927, in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. As Fred Alexander he made ​​his debut as a stage actor in Bochum, but later worked mainly on stages around the former East Germany in Frankfurt (Oder), Halle, Leipzig and Berlin's popular stage. In parallel, he also appeared in national film and television productions and DEFA German Television as "Carl von Ossietzky" (1963) and international productions such as "The Liberation of Prague" (Osvobození Prahy, 1976). On East German television, he was primarily as the voice of the heavenly messenger, "Arthur, the Angel," a successful well known Hungarian cartoon series. He was also host of the DFF music show "Love, Roses and Champagne." To the children of the last East German generation in the 1980s, he was a peaceful old man, in which role he occasionally appeared in the evening greeting and retelling stories using puppets and well-known fairy tales. With Germany’s reunification, he continued his career as a theater actor on stage in Stuttgart, Hannover and Frankfurt / Main. Alexander appeared in two East German westerns: “Tecumseh” (1972) and “Death for Zapata” (1979). Fred was also the German voice of Guido Lollobrigida in 1967’s “A Man, His Pride, a Vengeance”.

ALEXANDER, Fred (Alfred Beeh) [6/16/1927, Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany - 12/15/2012, Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany] – singer, theater, film, radio, TV, voice actor.

Tecumseh -1972 (Leather Lip)

Death for Zapata - 1976 (Juan)

A Fistful Of Dollars' Score Transformed The Film For Clint Eastwood


By Jeremy Smith

February 17, 2023

The Western might be the quintessential American film genre, but it probably would've fallen completely out of favor in the 1960s were it not for Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone. With loads of ingenuity and not a lot of money (initially at least), Leone overhauled the increasingly staid formula, and knocked out a surprise international hit via "A Fistful of Dollars." Aside from Leone's striking widescreen compositions, there were two keys to the film's success: Clint Eastwood's taciturn portrayal of The Man with No Name and Ennio Morricone's bizarrely innovative score.

When Eastwood traveled to Spain in 1964 to shoot "A Fistful of Dollars," he was nearing the end of his run as cowboy Rowdy Yates on CBS' Western series "Rawhide." Despite the name, his character was a bit of a cliched bore, so teaming with the up-and-coming Leone far away from Hollywood gave Eastwood the opportunity to transform his image by building an archetype from the ground up.

After wrapping principal photography in June, Leone zipped through post-production and had the film in theaters by September. When the movie exceeded commercial expectations, the producers hit up Eastwood for a sequel. Though the actor was certainly interested, he had one simple request: could he watch the first movie?

Morricone revolutionized the sound of the Western

"A Fistful of Dollars" might have been a roaring success in Europe, but American distributors were hesitant to release the film in the U.S., so a screening had to be arranged for Eastwood in Hollywood. The star was immediately knocked sideways by the stylized opening credits, which featured Morricone's peculiar main theme. As Eastwood told NPR's Terry Gross in 2007:

"[I] came in and, all of a sudden, this score comes on, and I thought, 'Wow, this score is really unusual.' And unusual is the thing I would say about Ennio Morricone is that–and I don't know whether it's him or a combination of Sergio Leone, but Sergio was always very interested in music and he was always interested in the framing of sound effects and music in films."

The instrumentation is all over the place: there's a guitar, click-clacking percussion, a church bell, and chanting. Eastwood knew he was hearing something truly original (in the most formulaic of genres), and committed to the sequel, "For a Few Dollars More."

One of the greatest, and most versatile, to ever do it

By the time the "Dollars Trilogy" concluded with 1966's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Eastwood was an international movie star. As we know, he had ambitions outside of acting, and pursued them to Oscar-winning effect over the ensuing five decades. And while Eastwood typically favored more subdued music for films he directed, he did perform in two very different movies featuring radically different scores from Morricone.

Don Siegel's 1970 Western, "Two Mules for Sister Sara," might be a minor effort from the great filmmaker, but it's well worth seeing for Morricone's sound-effects-laden music (some of which was featured in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." 23 years later, the maestro slathered on the strings and brass for the propulsive main theme to Wolfgang Petersen's superb thriller "In the Line of Fire," while breaking out the pan flute for the unexpectedly gorgeous romantic cue that plays as Eastwood's Secret Service agent falls hopelessly in love with his colleague (Rene Russo).

Eastwood was, like so many of us, a huge Morricone fan, and he explained his admiration thusly to Gross:

"The Leone pictures were very operatic, and Morricone could go flat-out on those with great trumpet solos and all kinds of different sounds and stuff, and he's very clever, very innovative for that particular time especially, and now he's been imitated by many people since then."

Imitated, but never, ever equaled.

We continue our search for locations for “Bad Man’s River”

 We continue our search for film locations for “Bad Man’s River”. After the gold is unloaded the proud banker shows off his new safe to his colleague. He pounds the walls stating they are solid and then stomps on the floor and they both quickly drop through to a tunnel below where Roy ‘Bomba’ King and his gang are waiting to rob the safe. One of the gang, Angel (Simon Andreu) then sets off a series of explosions which distract the guards outside the bank to ride off in different directions to find out the cause. The Bomba gang then proceed out the front door with all the cash and gold from the bank.

This scene was filmed in Colemenar Viejo, 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/

Special Birthdays

 Paul Asselin (actor) would have been 130 today but died in 1938.

Fanfulla (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1971.

Laura Nucci (actress) would have been110 today but died in 1994.

Dan Fosse (actor) would have been 105 today but died in 1987.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

RIP Walter Mirisch


American producer Walter Mirisch, the Oscar-winning producer for “In the Heat of the Night,” died February 24, 2023, in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 101. He was born Walter Mortimer Mirisch in New York City on November 8, 1921. In the mid-20th century, Mirisch was one of the most lauded and powerful producers in Hollywood. In 1957, he founded The Mirisch Company with his brothers Harold and Marvin — the banner was tied to such classics as “Some Like It Hot” (1959), “The Magnificent Seven” (1960), “The Great Escape” (1963), “The Pink Panther” (1963) and “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968). The Mirisch Company was also a producer on three best picture winners — “The Apartment” (1960), “West Side Story” (1961) and “In the Heat of the Night” (1967), for which Mirisch received the Academy Award for best picture. Mirisch was the producer on the 1974 Euro-western “The Spikes Gang” starring Lee Marvin and Ron Howard.

Podcast Season 5, episode 8 #108


Join me at noon PST today for another episode of The Spaghetti Westerns Podcast. Today we’ll be covering in out History of the Spaghetti western, “Gunmen of the Rio Grande”. Then we’ll cover Whatever happened to Dean Stratford and in our Who Are Those Guys? segment we’ll talk about Gerard Tichy. Our film of the week is “The Dirty Outlaws” and The CD of the week will be “Gunmen of the Rio Grande” and “El Desperado” and I’ll talk about composer Gianni Ferrio. I’ll have an autograph of the week and some posters, Then we’ll wrap things up with The News of the Week, so I hope to see you at high noon today.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Joe Alex

 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.

One of the rare male Black actors performing in French films during the colonial period, Martinican Joe Alex (sometimes credited as José Alex) born in Saint-Paul, Réunion, France on November 1, 1891, was first a singer and dancer. Alex notably appeared in various revues, the most famous being "La Revue nègre" in late 1925, in which he performed the very erotic "Danse sauvage" (Wild Dance) with Josephine Baker as his partner. With her, he also recorded the song "Voulez-vous de la cane à sucre?" (Do You Want Sugarcane?). In 1938 and 1939, Joe Alex ran the "Théâtre Africain", an all-black drama company, which was forced to cease its operations at the onset of World War II. On the big screen, he can be seen in over thirty films, in which he most often played the colored man of the piece, being more than once credited as "the Negro" or "a Native". His skin color often confined him to roles reflecting the place French society reserved for Black people, such as domestic or shoe-shiner. Surprisingly the character he played which best corresponds with the modern vision of what it is like to be Black in France, nearly devoid of paternalism and racism, is a Dranem comedy entitled “Le nègre du rapide numéro 13” (1923), directed by the obscure J. Mandemant. Zambah, the Black man he embodies in this film is suspected of a crime he has not committed. But when Dranem joins him in his cell, he becomes his friend regardless of his race. It is fine to see a white and a Black man put on an equal footing in a movie dating back to 1923. Joe died in Lima, Peru on April 5, 1948, he was only 56 years old. – Guy Bellinger

ALEX, Joe (aka Joë Alex, José Alex) (Joseph Alexander) [11/1/1891, Saint-Paul, Réunion, France - 4/5/1948, Lima, Peru] – singer, dancer, theater, film actor.

The Terror of the Pampas – 1932 (Sam)

Who Are Those Singers & Musicians ~ Fernando Esteso


Fernando Julián Esteso Allué was born on February 16, 1945, in Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain. He’s the son of comedian Luisita Esteso [1908-1986]. In 1949 at the age of four he made his debut as a clown with his father and in 1964 he moved to Madrid where he appeared in stage plays and in 1973 he made his debut in films.

He formed a comic duo with Andrés Pajares and they appeared in nine comedy films between 1979 and 1983 such as “Los energéticos”, “Los bingueros”, “Yo hice a Roque III”, “Los chulos”, “Los liantes”, “Padre no hay más que dos”, “Todos al suelo”, “Agítese antes de usarla” and “La lola nos lleva al huerto”, some of them starring Antonio Ozores, Adriana Vega, Mirta Miller, Paloma Hurtado, Ángel de Andrés.

He also worked as a singer, with the songs such as "La Ramona", "El Zurriagazo", "El Bellotero pop" and "Los niños con las niñas". In 2011 "La Ramona" was sung by King Africa and Esteso.

ESTESO, Fernando (aka Brisas Del Ebro) (Fernando Julián Esteso Allue) [2/16/1945, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain -     ] – director, writer, composer, singer, actor, comedian, nephew of actor Luis Esteso y López de Haro [1881-1928], son of comedian Luisita Esteso [1908-1986], married to María José Ege [19??-2003] (1972-1992) father of Fernando Esteso, Arancha Esteso.

Al este del Oeste – 1983 [Sings: “Al este del Oeste”]

Special Birthdays

 Gilberto Galimberti (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 2017.

Mauro Vestri (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2015.

Friday, February 24, 2023

RIP Maurizio Costanzo


Italian journalist, TV host, author and screenwriter Maurizio Costanzo died in a Rome clinic on February 24, 2023. Costanzo was born in Rome on August 28, 1938 and participated in the screenplays of many films, some of which directed by Pupi Avati: “Bordella” (1976), “Cinema!!” (1979), “Jazz Band” (1978), “La casa dalle finestre che ridono” (1976) - which over time became a real cult of the horror genre. “Except the Dead” (1977) and “Zeder” (1983). Married four times he is the father of director Saverio Cosntanzo. Maurzio co-wrote the screenplay for the 1969 Spaghetti western “In the Name of the Father”.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Stefano Alessandrini

 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.

Stefano Alessandri is an Italian actor and singer who appeared in only five films between 1967 and 1995. His only Spaghetti western 1966’s “Halleluja for Django”. I can find no further information on him.

ALESSANDRINI, Stefano [Italian] – film actor, singer.

Halleluja for Django – 1966

New German Blu-ray / DVD releases “Der Gefürchtete”, “Zwei Halleluja für den Teufel”


“Der Gefürchtete”

(Ballad of Death Valley)



Director: Roberto Mauri

Starring: William Berger, Wayde Preston, Aldo Berti


Country: Germany

Label: Mediacs / Leonine

Discs: 2

BluRay/DVD combo Mediabook, four covers limited to 333 copies each

Region: B

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1, 16:9 - 1.77:1

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, German, Italian

Runtime: 79 minutes

Extras: booklet, trailer


Release date: February 24, 2023

“Zwei Halleluja für den Teufel”

(Dig Your Grave Friend... Sabata's Coming)



Director: Juan Bosch

Starring: Richard Harrison, Fernando Sancho, Raf Baldassarre


Country: Germany

Label: Mediacs / Leonine

Discs: 2

BluRay/DVD combo Mediabook, three covers limited to 333 copies each

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1. German, Spanish

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1, 16:9 - 1.78:1

Region: B

Runtime: 90 minutes

Extras: photo gallery, booklet and trailer


Release date: February 24, 2023

Special Birthdays

 Al Lettieri (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 1975.

Dennis Waterman (actor) is 75 today.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Alberto Alemany

 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.

The 1965 Spaghetti western “Tumba para un forajido” (The Tomb of the Outlaw) is the only film credit for this actor and no other information on him is available.

ALEMANY, Alberto [Spanish] – film actor.

Tomb for an Outlaw - 1965

New German Blu-ray / DVD releases “Mein Körper für ein Pokerspiel”, “Ein Tag Zum Kämpfen”


“Mein Körper für ein Pokerspiel”

(Belle Starr Story)



Director: Lina Wertmuller

Starring: Elsa Martinelli, George Eastman, Robert Woods


Country: Germany

Label: Mediacs / Leonine

Discs: 2

Region: B

BluRay/DVD combo Mediabook, two covers limited to 333 copies each

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1, 16:9 - 1.77:1

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 German, Italian, French

Subtitles: German

Runtime: 90 minutes

Extras: Gallery


Release date: February 24, 2023

“Ein Tag Zum Kämpfen”

(Custer of the West)



Director: Robert Siodmak

Starring: Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Ty Hardin, Jeffrey Hunter


Label: Great movies / Soulfood


Discs: 1

Resolution 1080p

Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1

Languages: DTS-HD 2.0, German, English

Running time: 135 minutes


Release date: February 24, 2023

Special Birthdays

 Josef Eichheim (actor) would have been 135 today but died in 1945.

Bernard Kay (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 2014.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Julio Alemán

 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.


Mexican actor ulio Méndez Alemán was born on November 29, 1933, in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico the eighth of eleven children. When he was two months old, his parents moved with the whole family to Mexico City. He studied to be an engineer but dropped out to devote himself fully to acting.

He debuted as an actor in 1952, in the experimental staging of “Espaldas mojadas”. In 1957 he made his professional debut in the staging of “Corazón arrerapado”. He then began a long career appearing in television telenovelas. Over his long career he appeared in over 190 films and TV appearances. Later he dabbled in politics.

In November 1970, Alemán and his wife, Esperanza Martínez, were victims of a home invasion in which, in self-defense, the actor shot and killed one of the two assailants. For a long time after the incident, both felt threatened by the assailants' family.

Julio Alemán died on the night of April 11, 2012, from a lung infection.

Julio’s only Euro-western was in the Spanish/Mexican co-production of “The Warriors of Pancho Villa in 1966 which he starred with Carmen Sevilla. He’s probably best remembered though for his starring role in 1970’s “El tunco Maclovio” where he plays the lead character, a legendary one-handed gunman.

ALEMAN, Julio (Julio Méndez Alemán) [11/29/1933, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico – 4/11/2012, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico (lung cancer)] – producer, film, TV actor, singer, married to Esperanza de la Paz Gotes Martínez (1961-199?) father of Arturo Méndez Alemán, Martín Méndez Alemán, Julio Méndez Alemán, Jr, Mauricio Méndez Alemán, married to ? father of twins Alan Méndez Sierra, Daniel Méndez Sierra, married to Esperanza de la Paz Gotes Martínez (200?-2012) awarded Medal of Arts and Culture [2012].

The Warriors of Pancho Villa – 1966 (Ricardo Peñalver)

A preview showing of "Everything for a Dirty Star" at the Ricciardi theater


By Redazione

February 21, 2023


"Tutto per una Sporca Stella", premiere at the Teatro Ricciardi

-One recognition after another. There are only a few hours left to the official preview, which will be held tomorrow evening at 21 pm at the Teatro Ricciardi in Capua, of the spaghetti western short film, entitled "Tutto per una Sporca

Stella", and there is already an air of success for the director, screenwriter and cast. Directed by Daniele Bartoli, with the extraordinary music of the Caserta master Francesco Oliviero, the latter back from the collaboration with the great Italian director Pupi Avati, the short is competing at the "Rome International Movie Awards" and has already obtained the award for "best editing" of the Rome Outcast Independent Film Award". Waiting, however, for the next official presentations in Rome and Milan, the organizers say, the spotlight is all on tomorrow's event at the "Ricciardi" in Capua. The project, ambitious, aims to pay homage in particular to the "spaghetti western" genre that made history through Sergio Leone's "Dollar Trilogy". A genre, this, for many years disappeared from the film scene, to make room for the more ironic "western beans". The project of director Bartoli and screenwriter Gianpaolo Gentile goes in the direction of inaugurating a new philology of western films to make it return just as in the golden times.

The mission of West Indice Production was also that, at the same time, to reconquer a territory, that of the Camposecco plateau (Camerata Nuova – Rome) which, between the 50s and 60s, was the scene of the screenplays of over 54 western films, the most famous of which was "Lo chiamavano Trinità" with Bud

Spencer, Terence Hill and Remo Capitani. And just to pay homage to the figure of Capitani, in the cast of "Tutto per una Sporca Stella" there is the extraordinary participation of his son, Massimo Capitani. In the cast, in addition to the son of Capitani, the same Gianpaolo Gentile, Fausto Bellone and Federica Avallone. The music, by the composer from Caserta Oliviero, embellishes a work that is destined to mark the return in style of the "Spaghetti Western" genre. Appointment for tomorrow evening at the Teatro Ricciardi in Capua

Tutto per una sporca stella – Italian title

Anything for a Dirty Star – English language


A 2022 Italian short film production [West Inside Produtions (Rome)]


Director: Daniele Bartoli

Story: Gianpaolo Gentile

Screenplay: Gianpaolo Gentile

Cinematography: [color]

Music: Francesco Oliviero

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Story: In the short Wyatt, apparently looking for food and money, lives a deep emotional crisis for a dark past and is chased by a mysterious figure who monitors his every move. He finds hospitality at the home of Stormy (a farmer who lives with his niece), but the appointment with fate is just around the corner.


Gianpaolo Gentile, Fausto Bellone, Federica Avalone, Massimo Capitani

Written and performed by Gianpaolo Gentile and directed by Daniele Bartoli, the short film had as its backdrop the hills of the Simbruini mountains and the plain of Camposecco: a location already used in the past by 54 film productions, among which we remember in particular “They Call Me Trinity” as Remo Capitani was present. In "Tutto per una sporca stella" (Anything for a Dirty Star) there is the participation of Massimo Capitani, son of Remo. In the cast in addition to Massimo we find, Fausto Bellone and Federica Avallone. The music is by maestro Francesco Oliviero.