Wednesday, May 3, 2023

50th Anniversary of the premier of “A Man Called Invincible”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Lo chiamavano Tresette… giocava sempre col morto” (A Man Called Invincible) directed by Anthony Ascott (Giuliano Carnimeo) and starring Geroge Hilton and Cris Huerta. The story revolves around Tresette (George Hilton), a man of peaceful disposition, constantly runs into his arch enemy Poison (Tony Norton). Tresette drifts into the town of Bad Apple and must immediately get rid of three Sicilians who mistake him for the suitor of one of their wives. In collaboration with the false Sheriff Bambi (Cris Huerta), he agrees to carry a cargo of gold to Dallas. In the wagon of a traveling salesman, they transport the gold and run into a series of ambushes by outlaw gangs. In Dallas they face the risk of being hanged because the gold is nothing, but lead sprinkled with glitter. The duo escapes from jail and disguise themselves as a maharajah and his wife. They attend a masquerade ball organized by the banker Pearson (Umberto D’Orsi), who has used the two as a decoy for the true destination of the gold. In fact, the precious metal is hidden in cakes and is being shipped to Mexico, but Tresette and Bambi after learning of the plan of the dishonest banker steal the gold for themselves.

The film made 679,834 lira making it the 77 most profitable Spaghetti western in Italy.

Lo chiamavano Tresette… giocava sempre col morto – Italian title

Lo chiamavano Tresette… - Italian title

O Retorno de Trick Dick – Brazilian title

Meu Nome é Tres Sete - Brazilian title

Kiero Dick ja Lännen villi porukka – Finnish title

Ils l’appelaient ‘Tresette’… il jouait toujours aven le mort – French title

Kennst Du das Land, wo blaue Bohnen blüh'n? – German title

To onoma mou einai 3 eptaria – Greek title

Tricky Dicky – Vestens kjappis – Norwegian title

Lo llamaban ‘Tresette’… jugaba siempre con el muerte – Spanish title

Para mí el oro, para ti el plomo – Spanish title

Ingen blåser Tricky Dicky – Swedish title

Once Upon a Time in the West There was a Man Named Invincible – English title

In the West There Was a Man Named Invincible – English title

For Me the Gold, For You the Lead – English title

They Called Him the Player with the Dead – English title

Tricky Dicky – English title

The Man Called Invincible – U.K. title


A 1973 Italian film production [Lea Films (Rome)]

Producers: Vittorio Martino, Leo Ceverini

Director: Anthony Ascott (Giuliano Carnimeo)

Story: Tito Carpi (Fiorenzo Carpi)

Screenplay: Tito Carpi (Fiorenzo Carpi)

Cinematography: Stelvio Massi [Eastmancolor, CinemaScope]

Music: Bruno Nicolai

Running time: 88 minutes



Tresette/Tricky Dicky - George Hilton (Jorge Acosta y Lara)

Sheriff Bambi – Cris Huerta (Crisanto Brieva)

Archibald McPherson/McPiedish – Umberto D’Orsi

Salvatore Pappalardo – Sal Borgese (Salvatore Borgese)

Miss Marelene – Evely Stewart (Ida Galli)

Aurelio Joe/Cotton Joe – Nello Pazzafini (Giovanni Pazzafini)

Monks – Sergio Smacchi, Franco Ukmar, Aldo Dell’Acqua (Arnaldo Dell’Acqua), Bruno


Monk bandit – Sergio Ukmar, Clemente Ukmar

Bill – Pietro Ceccarelli

Veleno/Poison/Twinkletoes – Tony Norton (Antonio Monselesan)

Mrs. Pappalardo – Rosalba Neri

Ilamo Orango/Mr. Orangutan/Tangarango – Fortunato Arena

Pappalardo henchmen – Lino Pasquale (Coletta Pasquale), Renzo Pevarello

Mayor Clarence Apple – Dante Cleri

Sheriff Pat Gray – Goffredo Unger

Pokey – Claudio Ruffini

Parker – Alfonso Giganti

Party guests – Maria Tedeschi, Angelo Casadei, Rossana Canghiari

Waiter – Mario Castaldi

Violin player – Franco Persichetti

Marlene employee, Lash brother – Riccardo Petrazzi

Marlene employees - Ettore Arena, Sergio Testori

Speedy Fingers – Furio Meniconi

Lash – Roberto Dell’Acqua

Ilamo Orango/Mr. Orangutan – Fortunato Arena

Old lady – Carla Mancini

Adam – Gino Pagnani (Luigi Fusconi)

Phyllis Jordan – Mauriec Polu

Speedy Finger member – Ottorino Poletini

Dallas Sheriff – Aldo Cecconi

Bank guard – Maurizio Streccioni

Party guard – Rinaldo Zamperla, Giovanni Ukmar

Party guests – Maria Tedeschi, Angelo Casadei, Rosanna Canghiari

Violin player – Franco Persichetti

Brawlers - Ottorino Polentini

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