Sunday, March 26, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Franco Aloisi

[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 given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Franco Aloisi was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy on November 16, 1943. Today he is best known as one of Italy's most important artists of paintings and serigraphs. When he was very young, he asserted himself as an author of comic strips, which were printed in Italian, European and South American periodicals. Starting in the early 1950s, Aloisi contributed to magazines like Lo Scolaro, Calandrino and La Domenica del Corriere. Through Bottaro's studios, the Milanese artist created several characters for the publishing house Alpe, including 'Pietro e Genio', the monkeys 'Trik e Trak', the gorilla 'Napoleon', 'Re Pistacchio', 'Nicolino & Carmelino' and 'L'Incredible Ernesto'. Aloisi eventually abandoned comics to work in theatre, films and the television field.

Franco appeared in only one Euro-western as Fred in 1968’s “Uno di più all'inferno” aka (Full House for the Devil and One More to Hell) with George Hilton and Paolo Gozlino.

ALOISI, Franco [11/16/1943, Genoa, Liguria, Italy -     ] – cartoonist, film, TV actor.

Full House for the Devil – 1968 (Fred)

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

 Once on board the riverboat they are met by a Mr. Montero who has hired King and his men to blow up a mission on the Texas / Mexico border where the Mexican army has an arsenal of weapons. King keeps looking at the back of a woman playing the piano across the room from their discussion. He seems to recognize her for some reason. When she’s finished playing, she turns around and it’s Alicia.

The steamboat footage is stock footage while the interiors were filmed on a soundstage in Madrid.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations

Special Birthdays

 Domenico Scala (cinematographer) would have been 120 today but died in 1989.

Eduardo Calvo (actor) would have been 105 today but died in 1992.

Renzo Marignano (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 1987.

Tinto Brass (director, screenwriter) is 90 today.

Ignazio Dolce (actor) is 90 today.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Cristino Almodovar

 [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 given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Cristino Almodovar is a Spanish film, television and voice actor. He has no direct relationship to producer, director Pedro Almodovar. Cristino appeared in 20 films and TV series beginning in 1972 and ending in 1983. After that he disappears, and I can find no other information regarding him. Almodovar appeared in only one Euro-western as Deputy John in 1974’s “If You Shoot… You Live!” starring James Philbrook.

ALMODOVAR, Cristino (Cristino Almodóvar) [Spanish] – film, TV, voice actor.

If You Shoot... You Live! – 1974 (Deputy John)

Who Are Those Singers & Musicians? ~ La Famiglia dello zio Charlie


La Famiglia dello zio Charlie. (Uncle Charlie’s Family) were a 1970’s singing group much like the American groups The Cowsills and the Partridge Family. Among the members of the singing group were guitarist Marco Bellucci born in Rome on September 17, 1964 and Claudio Natali. According to a post on You Tube Bellucci has died but I can find no reference other than that to confirm his passing. Who the other members of the group were I don’t know.

Thanks to Michael Ferguson who was able to turn up information on the names of the family but no real biographical information on any of them except Marco (see below). 

LA FAMIGLIA DELLO ZIO CHARLIE (Enrico Beccucci -singer, Mirella Beccucci, - singer Clementine Beccucci - singer, Tizana Beccucci - singer, Marco Beccucci [9/17/1964, Italy -    ] singer, musician (guitar) ) [Italian] – singing group.

White Fang and the Kid – 1977 [Sings: “Evviva Zanna Bianca”]

Special Birthdays

 Mario Brega (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 1994.

Romano Puppo (stuntman, actor) would have been 90 today but died in 1994.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Spaghetti Western Trivia: Raquel Welch, Jim Brown and Burt Reynolds


Raquel Welch was well known for many reasons and one of them is making film history with African American actor Jim Brown. The duo starred in the 1969 Western 100 Rifles and made history for the first-ever interracial love scenes in a film. Burt Reynolds was also in the film.

According to Landrum C, Brown asked for a towel to be placed between his body and Welch's during romantic scenes but never said why. It's believed he wanted to lessen the impact of his being in such an intimate scene with a white woman. Brown did not socialize with Welch because he did not want anyone to get the assumption that he was "coming on" to his co-star. Reynolds said that he had to referee fights between Raquel and Jim and that Welch also was at odds with him.

Reynolds also said that Welch required that she was never in the same scene with him but that she was professional and always showed up on time. Welch admitted in later years that she was afraid Reynolds would steal scenes from her because he was so charismatic. The film did not obtain great reviews and was considered a Spaghetti Western which most times were cheap B-grade films made in the 1960s-1970s in countries like Spain with characters whose names are Django or Sartana and are antiheroes.

In later years 100 Rifles has developed a cult following and the film is being thought about differently today than when it was made. Raquel Welch and Jim Brown set the stage for other film characters to have romantic scenes with co-stars of a different race. Even though they clashed during the filming of the movie Brown says they later dated.

RIP Marion Game


French theater, film, TV and voice actress Marion Game died in Paris on March 23, 2023. She was 84. Born in Casablanca on July 31, 1938, she was known for her TV role of Huguette in the series ‘Scènes de Ménage’. She had begun her career in the theater in the 1960s, where she had quickly established herself as a talented actress. Over the years, she explored different facets of the artistic world, moving into television and film with success. Throughout her career, she has worked with great directors and actors, and has thus marked the history of French entertainment. Game was known to Euro-western fans as a voice actress and was heard in two Lucky Luke films and TV series: “Lucky Luke and the Escape from Grumble Gulch” 1983 [various voices] and ‘Lucky Luke’ (TV) 1983-1984 [French voice of Arabella Films, Madam Van Buren].

RIP Maria Silva


It was announced by friend of Spanish actress Maria Silva passed away on March 17, 2023, in Madrid, Spain. No official obituary has been posted but there has been references to her passing on Facebook.

Born on August 16,1941, Palencia, Palencia, Castilla y León, Spain, Silva began her career in 1959 with “Una gran señora” (April in Portugal) playing the role of a model. Her career continued on for 74 more films and television appearances finishing in the 1991-1992 TV series ‘Taller mecánico’ in the role of Consuelo. Born María Jesús Marín Rodríguez on August 16, 1941 in Palencia, Palencia, Castilla y León, Spain she was married to director, writer, cinematographer José Grañena [1933- ].

Silva appeared in ten Spaghetti westerns: “Shadow of Zorro” 1962 (Irene); “The Terrible Sheriff” 1962 (Clementine); “Zorro the Avenger” 1962 (Irene) [as Mary Silvers]; “Shoot to Kill” 1963 (Mary Thompson); “Cavalry Charge”1964 (Valerie Jackson) [as Mary Silvers]; “Kill the Wicked!” 1967 (Shelley); “I Do Not Forgive... I Kill!” 1968 (Isabel Alvarez) [as Mary Silva]; “Santana Kills Them All” 1970 (María Anderson); “The Black Wolf” 1980 (Marquesa); “Revenge of the Black Wolf” 1981 (Marquesa).

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ José Hita Almeria

 [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 given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]


José Hita Almería was born José Manuel Hita Segura in Almeria, Spain on November 24, 1961 where he graduated from the University of Almeria. He’s a student and teacher of Ninjutsu martial arts. Taking his stage name from his hometown, he’s appeared usually in small supporting roles and as an extra in nine recent Spaghetti westerns filmed in Spain and works as a stuntman at Texas Hollywood/Fort Bravo. He’s married to M. Tiande and is the father of a daughter named Stephanie.

ALMERIA, José Hita (aka José Hita) (José Manuel Hita Segura) [11/24/196, Almeria, Andalusia, Spain -     ] – film actor, married to M Tiande (198?-    ) father of Stephanie Hita [1989-    ].

Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy (TV) – 2012 (townsman)

El Tenedor – 2013-2014 [as José Hita]

…and then the Vultures had a Feast – 2014 (alcalde) [as José Hita]

Hoodlums – 2016 [as José Hita]

Botas de Sangre – 2017 (Garcia)

Execution – 2018

A Bastard, a City and the Dead – 2019 (Jimmy Boy) [as José Hita]

Dead Men Don’t Die! – 2019

Recompensa – 2022

Special Birthdays

 Gaston Roudes (director) would have been 145 today but died in 1958.

Gerd Martienzen would have been 105 today but died in 1988.

Claudio Mancini (production manager) is 95 today.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Carl-Olof Alm

 [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 given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Karl Olof Stig Alm was born in Stockholm, Sweden on March 21, 1925. He was a theater film radio and television actor who appeared in over 60 films and television appearances from 1944 to 1993. Besides his acting career he was also a lyricist and composed some melodies. He was married to the actress Inga Gill from 1950 to 1956 and the father of actress, writer Anika Alm who was born in 1952.

Carl-Olof Alm died in Stockholm on October 17, 1996 at the age of 71.

ALM, Carl-Olof (aka C.O. Alm, Carl Olof Alm, Karl-Olof Alm) (Karl Olof Stig Alm)) [3/21/1925, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden – 10/17/1996, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden] – theater, film, radio, TV actor, songwriter, married to actress Inga Gill (Inga Stina Gill Holmsten) [1925-2000] (1950-1956) father of actress, writer Annika Alm [1952-    ].

Wild West Story – 1963 (Pete)

Dead Man’s Trail – 1975

New German Blu-ray release “Sein Gesangbuch war der Colt”


“Sein Gesangbuch war der Colt”

(Massacre Time aka The Brute and the Beast)



Director: Lucio Fulci

Starring: Franco Nero, George Hilton, Nino Castelnuovo,


Country: Germany

Label: Plaion Pictures

Discs: 1

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Languages: German, English

Running time 92 minutes


Available March 23, 2023

New Book release Tanya Lopert: Mémoires d'une comédienne ratée


Tanya Lopert: Mémoires d'une comédienne ratée

Author: Tanya Lopert


Publisher: L'Archipel

Language: French

Pages: 250

ISBN-10: 2809847118

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-280984711

Available: March 23, 2023


Tanya Lopert has rubbed shoulders with the greatest actors, from Marlon Brando to Gérard Depardieu, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, and shot with the greatest directors, from Fellini to Polanski. At 80, she looks back on her career as a "failed" actress, she who waited all her life, in vain, for the great role that would make her a star.

The memoirs of a failed.

Tanya Lopert experienced the golden age of Hollywood, that legendary time when anything was possible, when young girls could be spotted while eating ice cream or by a pool. But, despite an impressive filmography, she waited all her life in vain for the great role that would make her a star, like all those she has met and of which she reveals countless anecdotes from New York to Paris, via Rome. Because no other actress has, to date, known Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Burt Reynolds, Jane Fonda and Romy Schneider, Woody Allen, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Gérard Depardieu, or the Montand-Signoret couple.

This "failed actress" takes us into an unforgiving world where dreams are often shattered.

Special Birthdays

 Roddy McMillian (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 1979.

Maria Rosa Valenza (screenwriter, actress) would have been 100 today but died in 2007.

Norman Bailey (actor) is 90 today.

Damon Albarn (composer) is 55 today.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

RIP Santiago Cortes


Voces en imágenes announced the passing of Spanish voice actor and dubber Santiago Cortes. He was two weeks shy of his 90th birthday. Cortes was a Barcelona voice actor and was the Spanish voice of Pedro Regas in the 1985 video release of “Villa Rides” the voice of Piero Vida in the video release of “John the Bastard”, the voice of Dan Sturkie in the video release of “They Call Me Trinity”, the voice of Lionel Stander in the 1991 DVD release of “Boot Hill” and he was the Spanish voice of Dr. Aldous Smith in the 2005 film “Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons”.


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Luis Aller

 [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.]

 Luis Aller is a Spanish child actor who had a six-year career from 1968 to 1973. He had no credited roles as far as character’s names but played a Mexican youth and newlywed in his only two Spaghetti westerns.

ALLER, Luis [Spanish] – child film, TV actor.

Charley-One-Eye – 1972 (Mexican youth)

Sonny and Jed – 1972 (Mexican newlywed)

Spaghetti Western Locations Then and Now: “Duck You Sucker”

 In 1971’s “Duck You Sucker” Juan Miranda and a his family rob a coach full of aristocrats. After making them strip naked they put them in a wagon and send it on it’s way into a pile of mud. This scene was films north of Mini Hollywood along route A-92.

Here is the same location as seen in 2022.

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Abby Dalton


Gladys Marlene Wasden was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 12, 1932. Gladys worked as a model and a dancer at the Sands Hotel in her hometown and at the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood. She made her onscreen debut for Roger Corman in “Rock All Night” (1957), followed by “Teenage Doll” (1957), “Carnival Rock” (1957), “The Saga of the Viking Women” as Desir, the leader of a group of women who take to the high seas in search of their missing men and “Stakeout on Dope Street” (1958).

She also kept busy with guest-starring turns on such shows as ‘Have Gun — Will Travel’, ‘Rawhide’, ‘Maverick’, ‘The Rifleman’ and ‘Mike Hammer’ before landing on the CBS comedy Hennesey. She played Martha Hale, a Navy nurse and girlfriend of Jackie Cooper’s doctor character and received an Emmy nomination in 1961. She portrayed the scheming winery heiress Julia Cumson on the primetime soap “Falcon Crest”.

Dalton was always fun to have on game shows; in addition to ‘The Hollywood Squares’, she was a frequent player on ‘The $25,000 Pyramid’, ‘Password’, ‘Match Game’ and ‘Body Language’.

Married to entrepreneur Jack Smith for 60 years, her daughter, Kathleen Kinmont, was married to Lorenzo Lamas (her mom introduced them). She and Smith also had two sons Matthew and John.

Dalton died in Los Angeles, California on November 23, 2020 at the age of 88.

DALTON, Abby (Gladys Marlene Wasden) [8/15/1932, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. – 11/23/2020, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.] – theater, film, TV actress, singer, married to businessman Jack David Smith (1960-198?), mother of producer, writer, actor Matthew David Smith [1963-    ], Kathleen Kinmont (Kathleen Kinmont Smith) [1965-    ], John Smith, married to musician Joe Mondragon [1920-1987] (198?-19??).

Buck and the Magic Bracelet – 1997 (Ma Dalton)

Special Birthdays

 Louis Dearborn LaMoore (aka Louis L’Amour) (writer) would have been 115 today but died in 1988.

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

Nazzareno Cardinali (actor, stuntman) would have been 90 today but died in 1996.

Stefano Curti (composer) is 60 today.

Francesco Quinn (actor) would have been 60 today but died in 2011.


Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Vivian Allen

 [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 given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Vivian Allen appears to be an American theater, film and TV actress who has only two credits at the IMDb. The first is for a 1950-1952 TV series called ‘The Show Goes On’ and her only film 1970’s ‘Doc’ as a whore. This is where the possible connection to Penelope Allen may come into play. As I posted yesterday Penelope Allen played Mattie Earp in ‘Doc’. Vivian also acted in the theater where I can find three plays she appeared in beginning with her participation in 1941’s “Crazy With the Heat” followed by “Stars on Ice” in 1942 and then “Oklahoma” 1943 as a replacement actress for the roles Ado Annie and Gertie Cummings. Since both actresses were theater actresses and appeared in the same film it’s a good bet they are or were related.

ALLEN, Vivian – film actress.

‘Doc’ – 1970 (whore)

New German Blu-ray release “Django - Sein Gesangbuch war der Colt”

 “Django - Sein Gesangbuch war der Colt”

(The Brute and the Beast)


Director: Lucio Fulci

Starring: Franco Nero, George Hilton, Nino Castelnuovo


Country: Germany

Label: Explosive Media

Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1

Languages: German, English

Running time: 92 minutes


Available: March 23, 2023

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “The Last Gun”

 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 “The Last Gun”

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

Bill/Jim Hart – Cameron Mitchell (I) Riccardo Cucciolla, (G) Gert Günther Hoffmann

Guitar - Carl Möhner (I) Silvano Tranquilli, (G) Rainer Brandt

Jane - Ketty Carver (I) Mirella Pace, (G) ?

Jess – Capobanda – Livio Lorenzon (I) Alessandro Sperli, (G) Werner Lieven

Alessandro Sperli  (1925 – 1990 )

Alessandro Sperli was born in Borzoli, Genoa, Italy on February 23, 1925. He was an Italian actor and voice actor, sometimes credited as Sandro Sperlì or Nick Sperlì. He graduated from the National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1951 and appeared in numerous television dramas in the 1960s and 1970s. He appeared in such films as “Giants of Rome” (1964), “The Possessed” (1972) and “The Valachi Papers” (1972). In addition to this activity, he combined cinema, theater and dubbing. He voiced Burt Young in the two chapters of the Rocky saga (in the second and third films) with Sylvester Stallone and many other actors including Christopher Lee, Robert Loggia, Charles Durning, Ernest Borgnine. His daughter Valentina, born in 1960, is an actress and worked as a voice actress in the 1980s. He died in Rome on November 2, 1990.

Special Birthdays

 Antonio Pica (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 2014.

Monday, March 20, 2023

First Day of Spring 2023


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Penelope Allen

 [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.]

Penelope Allen, also known as Penny Allen was born on January 29, 1941 and is an American stage, film and television actress. Although primarily a theater actress, she is best known as the head bank teller being held hostage in the film “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975). She also played Annie, the wife of Francis Lionel "Lion" Delbuchi in the film “Scarecrow”. Speaghetti western fans will remember her for her portrayal of Mattie Earp in 1970’s “Doc” with Stacy Keach.

Allen is married to actor, acting coach Charles S. Laughton and they live in Santa Monica, California.

ALLEN, Penelope (aka Penny Allen) [1/29/1941, U.S.A. -     ] – theater, film, TV, voice actress, married to actor Charlie Laughton (Charles S. Laughton) [1929-    ].

‘Doc’ – 1970 (Mattie Earp)

RIP Ann Green de Toth


Ann Green de Toth, a screenwriter and film industry veteran who worked alongside her husband producer André de Toth on several projects, died on March 3 in Toluca Lake, California. She was 82. She was a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the WGA West. She also worked as an executive secretary at Warner Bros. for studio chief Bob Daly. Born in London on June 16, 1940, de Toth attended a convent school for 10 years before she pursued secretarial training and held several secretarial roles. She then worked at the Berlitz Schools of Language, where she organized special courses and recruited English teachers for European schools. She spoke seven languages. Green worked as a production assistant on 1969’s Eiro-western “El Condor” starring Lee Van Cleef and Jim Brown.

Two New Italian CD releases “I tre spietati”, “Requiescant”, “O Cangaciero”, “The Mercenary”


“I tre spietati”, “Requiescant”, “O Cangaciero”

(Gunfight at High Noon, Kill and Pray, Viva Cangaceiro)

(1964 1967, 1969)

Composer: Riz Ortlani


Directors: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, Carlo Lizzani, Giovanni Fago

Starring: Richard Harrison, Fernando Sancho / Lou Castel, Mark Damon / Tomas Milian


Country: Italy

Label: BEAT

# CDCR148

Tracks: 35

Listening time: 54:37


Track listing

01. I tre spietati –Seq.1 2:26

02. I tre spietati –Seq.2 1:00

03. I tre spietati –Seq.3 2:03

04. I tre spietati –Seq.4 1:40

05. I tre spietati –Seq.5 1:29

06. I tre spietati –Seq.6 2:13

07. I tre spietati –Seq.7 2:22

08. I tre spietati –Seq.8 1:21

09. I tre spietati –Seq.9 1:13

10. I tre spietati –Seq.10 1:04

11. I tre spietati –Seq.11 2:01

12. I tre spietati –Seq.12 4:25

13. Requiescant - Seq. 1 1:36

14. Requiescant - Seq. 2 1:29

15. Requiescant - Seq. 3 1:07

16. Requiescant - Seq. 4 2:29

17. Requiescant - Seq. 5 1:39

18. Requiescant - Seq. 6 1:43

19. Requiescant - Seq. 7 2:25

20. Requiescant - Seq. 8 1:19

21. Requiescant - Seq. 9 1:55

22. Requiescant - Seq. 10 3:25

23. Requiescant - Seq. 11 2:44

24. Requiescant - Seq. 12 2:16

25. Requiescant - Seq. 13 1:02

26. Requiescant - Seq. 14 2:33

27. Requiescant - Seq. 15 1:59

28. Requiescant - Seq. 16 1:34

29. Requiescant - Seq. 17 1:05

30. Requiescant - Seq. 18 2:02

31. Requiescant - Seq. 19 1:33

32. Requiescant - Seq. 20 1:30

33. Requiescant - Seq. 21 1:09

34. Mulhe rendera 1:56

35. Vou caminhando 3:10

BEAT is releasing REQUIESCANT and O’CANGACEIRO on one CD, with tracks included from the score to I TRE SPIETATI these are three westerns by Maestro Riz Ortolani, the latter has never been released before, with the former two already being released. Ortolani was the odd man out when it came to Spaghetti western scores, he often opted to go for a more romantic or melodic approach as opposed to the raw and savage sound as achieved by other composers within the genre.

Il Mercenario

(The Mercenary)


Composer: Ennio Morricone


Director: Sergio Corbucci

Starring: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Giovanna Ralli, Jack Palance


Country: Italy

Label: Beat


Tracks: 16

Listening time: 38:14

Available: March 20, 2023


Track List

01. BAMBA VIVACE (titoli di testa) 2:13

02. ESTASI 2:01

03. IL MERCENARIO (sueno mejicano) 2:28

04. FIESTA (mariachi) 0:55

05. IL MERCENARIO (ripresa) 2:06



08. LIBERTA' 4:13

09. IL MERCENARIO (sueno mejicano 2) 1:46

10. FIESTA (valzer) 1:44


12. IL MERCENARIO (ripresa terza) 2:09

13. IL MERCENARIO (suspense) 2:15

14. PACO 2:29

15. RICCIOLO 2:25

16. IL MERCENARIO (l'arena) 4:44


BEAT records in Italy are re-issuing THE MERCEANRY or A PROFESSIONAL GUN, which is a classic spaghetti western score from Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai, probably one of the best non-Leone westerns the movie belonging to the Zapata western sub-genre of the Italian western. Directed by Sergio Corbucci, it stars Franco Nero Tony Musante, Giovanna Ralli, and Jack Palance. One of the handful of politically slanted westerns within the genre it is a polished and entertaining piece of cinema, the score being rousing and up-beat with a flawless performance from whistler Alessandro Alessandroni and exhilarating choral performances from his I Cantori Moderni who are both uncredited on the soundtrack release which is criminal. No extra cues are available, this edition being the same track line up as the original LP records, and all of the subsequent re-issues on CD and digital platforms.

European Comic Books – Albi Raid


Albi Raid

This comic book series contains the adventures of different themes (western, war, fantasy) written, drawn and published by Pini Segna. In each issue a complete episode. In the appendix to #6/8 reissue of The Little Wolves. Announced, but never published, the #9 The Man of the Past, which is then published in Kansas-Jack of the Series Albo K2 (1954). #5 and #6 have the same title and the same cover.

The series was published in 1952 with issue #1 released on April 11, 1952 and ending with issue #8 on December 31, 1952. It was published in Milan, Italy by Pin Segna Publishing under the direction of Pini Segna. Each issue contained 16 black and white pages with color covers.


01 (04.11.52) - “La mia vita per la legge” (My Life for the Law)

02 (11.11.52) - “Gladius il re degli schiavi” (Gladius the King of the Slaves)

03 (18.11.52) - “Gli uomini squalo” (The Shark Men)

04 (25.11.52) - “Grise Ors l’indomabile del Kansas” (Grise Ors the Indomitable of Kansas)

05 (02.12.52) - “Il ritorno dei piccoli lupi” (The Return of the Little Wolves)

06 (09.12.52) - “Il ritorno dei piccoli lupi” (The Return of the Little Wolves)

07 (24.12.52) - “I due ribelli” (The Two Rebels)

08 (31.12.52) - “Il superstite della legione” (The Survivor of the Legion)

Special Birthdays

 Manuel Bermudez (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1978.

Ilse Petri (actress) would have been 105 today but died in 2018.

Walter Marsh (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2005.

Anthony Blond (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 2008.