Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Charles Barley

[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.]

Charles Barley was a silent film actor. I do not see him listed in any of the British film books I have so I cannot determine what his nationality or find any biographical information on the man.

His only Euro-western films were the 1920 films “Lederstrumpf, 1. Teil: Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook” (The Deerslayer) and “Lederstrumpf, 2. Teil: Der Letzte der Mohikaner” (The Last of the Mohicans) where he appeared as Harry.

BARLEY, Charles – film actor.

The Deerslayer – 1920 (Harry)

The Last of the Mohicans – 1920 (Harry)

“The Teacher”


The Teacher – International title


A 2023 Spanish short film production

Producer: Victor Picalló

Director: Victor Picalló

Story: Victor Picalló

Screenplay: Victor Picalló

Animation: Victor Picalló [color]

Music: Lucas Imbiriba

Running time: 3 minutes


Animated characters

A wild west bank robber falls in love during his latest train robbery in Austin, Texas. A girl gets stuck on the train and the bank robber has to choose to run away or to save her.

Trailer link:

Who Are Those Guys? ~Miguel de la Riva


Here’s another star of the Spaghetti westerns that we know basically nothing about. He’s a Spaniard, probably born sometime in the 1930s in Madrid. He appeared early on as a supporting actor and leading man in the Spanish westerns. Later on, he would continue his career in supporting and character roles. The IMDb credits him with 42 films beginning with an appearance as a soldier in 1956’s “Alexander the Great directed by Robert Rossen and starring Richard Burton and Frederic March. His last credited film was in 1985’s “El donante” in the role of Finado. The film stars Andrés Pajares and directed by Ramón Fernández.

His Spaghetti western career covered 26 films. He was often credited under the alias Michael Rivers, Miguel Riva, Michael Martin and variations of those names. The slim, blond-haired actor could easily pass as a Gringo so he was usually cast in those roles. From the little I can find and this is from secondary sources he was used because of his resemblance to Clint Eastwood and Anthony Steffan. He apparently was a bit difficult to work with and drank heavily. This may have limited him to lesser films and stagnated his career.

He’s seldom mentioned in books on the genre, which amazes me more as he was one of the early stars of the genre. All I can add is he was married and the father of a daughter.

de la RIVA, Miguel (aka Michael Martin, Miguel della Riva, Miguel Riva, Michael Rive, Michael Rivers, Michaël Rives, M. de la Riva, Michale Rivers) [19??, Madrid, Madrid, Spain -     ] – film actor, married to ? father of a daughter.

The Savage Guns – 1961 (Mexican)

Welcome Padre Murray – 1962 (Trampero)

The Implacable Three – 1963 (burglar) [as M. de la Riva]

Shoot to Kill – 1963 (Ranger captain)

$5,000 on One Ace – 1964 (Jack)

Joe Dexter – 1964 (John Randolph)

Welcome Padre Murray - 1964 (Trampero)

The Colt is My Law – 1965 (Peter Webb) [as Michael Martin]

Epitaph for a Fast Gun – 1965 (Sheriff Sid/Kelly Brady) [Michael Rivas/Miguel Riva]

Shoot to Kill – 1965 (Ranger captain)

Tomb for an Outlaw – 1965 (Johnny) [as Michael Rivers]

Django Does Not Forgive – 1966 (Private Ray)

A Dollar of Fire - 1966 [as Michaël Rives]

Dynamite Jim - 1966 (Lieutenant Williams) [as Miguel della Riva]

$4.00 of Revenge – 1966 (defense attorney)

Clint the Stranger – 1967 (Toby)

For a Few Bullets More – 1967 (lieutenant)

Sartana Does Not Forgive – 1968 (Kovac henchman)

Sonora – 1968 (Kovacs’ henchman)

Villa Rides! – 1968 (Villista)

The Law of Violence – 1969 (Bill Hackett)

The Rebels of Arizona – 1969 (Rudy) [Michael Rivers]

$20,000 for Every Corpse - 1969 (Bruce/Glenn/Dale Brice) [as Michael Rivers]

Zorro the Lawman – 1969 (Warner henchman)

Blood River – 1973 (Ben Webster) [as Michael Riviere]

Al oeste de Río Grande – 1983 (outlaw) [as Michael Rivers]

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Les Barker

[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.]

Les Barker was born on January 30, 1947, in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, U.K. He was a poet/performer and author much admired on the folk scene. Barker was 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. Les died in Oswestry, West Midlands, England, U.K. on January 15, 2023. He was two weeks shy of his 76th birthday.

Barker appeared in the futuristic Euro-western “Welcome to Blood City (1976) starring Jack Palance in the credited role of 3rd citizen.

BARKER, Les [1/30/1947, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, U.K. - 1/15/2023, Oswestry, West Midlands, England, U.K.] – poet, songwriter, film, TV actor.

Welcome to Blood City – 1976 (3rd citizen)



Velox – International title


A 2023 Spanish short film production [Auraprods (Madrid)]

Producer: Pablo Reche

Director: Pablo Reche

Story: Pablo Reche

Screenplay: Pablo Reche

Cinematography: Pablo Reche [color]

Music: Aitor Castillo

Running time: 3 minutes



Pablo Reche, Diego Remal


Story: A traditional futuristic sheriff patrols the desert with his ship, when a young man passes him at full speed exceeding the speed limit. A chase of spaceships begins with the question of why the young man is running? Where is he headed? Why is he in such a hurry? The sheriff intends to finds out.

Voices of the Spaghetti Western – “Rampage at Apache Wells”

 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 “Rampage at Apache Wells”

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

Old Surehand – Stewart Granger (G) Helmo Kindermann, (F) Michel Gudin, (S) Juan Carlos Gustems

Winnetou – Pierre Brice (G) Thomas Edkelmann, (F) Marc Cassot, (S) Albert Roig

The Oil Prince – Harald Leipnitz (G) Harald Leipnitz, (F) Henry Djanik, (S) Paco Gázquez

Lizzy – Macha Meril (G) Marion Hartmann, (F) ?, (S) ?

Richard Forsythe - Mario Girotti (G) Christian Wolff, (F) Claude Bertrand, (S) Xavier Fernández

Bill Campbell – Walter Barnes (G) Arnold Marquis, (F) Jean Berton, (S) Jordi Royo

Old Wabble - Paddy Fox (G) Hugo Schrader, (F) ?, (S) ?

Michel Gudin  (1916 – 1994)

Michel Gudin was born in Paris, France on April 17, 1916. He was a French theater, film and TV actor and singer. Gudin specialized in dubbing, he was notably the French voice of Dean Martin in most of his films with Jerry Lewis and that of Chief Inspector Craddock in the Miss Marple film series (1961-1964), as well as that of General Alcazar in the 1991 series of “The Adventures of Tintin”. Gudin died in Le Chesnay, France on July 31, 1994.

Monday, October 2, 2023

RIP Thomas Danneberg


Germany’s most famous dubbing voice Thomas Danneberg died from a stroke at his home in Wannsee, Berlin, Germany. He was 81. Danneberg was born on June 2, 1942, and was a German actor and voice actor who made a significant impact in the film industry. He was best recognized for his role as Charles Emerson in the 1967 Edgar Wallace film “The Blue Hand”. However, his voice was his passport to fame, dubbing over actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terence Hill, Franco Nero, Sylvester Stallone, John Cleese, Dan Aykroyd, Adriano Celentano, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, Michael York, Rutger Hauer, and Dennis Quaid. His contribution to the German trance/techno-band E Nomine further expanded his repertoire, marking him as a versatile artist.

Thomas Danneberg’s Euro-westerns – voice actor: Frontier Hellcat – 1964 [German voice of Mirko Kraljev], The Desperado Trail – 1965 [German voice of Ivan Novak], Duel at Sundown – 1965 [German voice of Terence Hill], The Tramplers – 1965 [German voice of Franco Nero], The Hellbenders – 1966 [German voice of Julian Mateos], Kill or Be Killed – 1966 [German voice of Fabrizio Maroni], The Ugly Ones – 1966 [German voice of Tomas Milian]. Winnetou and Old Firehand – 1966 [German voice of Pierre Brice]. For a Few Bullets More – 1967 [German voice of Peter Lee Lawrence], Gentleman Killer – 1967 [German voice of Joaquin Blanco] Kill and Pray – 1967 [German voice of Lou Castel], A Man, a Colt – 1967 [German voice of Diego henchman], The Man from Canyon City – 1967 [German voice of Antonio Almoros], My Name is Pecos – 1967 [German voice of Carlo Gaddi], Ace High – 1968 [German voice of Terence Hill], Day of Anger – 1968 [German voice of Giuliano Gemma], God Forgives… I Don’t – 1968 [German voice of Terence Hill], If You Want to Live… Shoot! – 1968 [German voice of poker player], Stranger in Paso Bravo – 1968 [German voice of Anthony Steffen], To Hell and Back – 1968 [German voice of George Hilton], Viva Django – 1968 [German voice of Terence Hill], The Wild and the Dirty – 1968 [German additional voice] Boot Hill – 1969 [German voice of Terence Hill], True Grit – 1969 [German voice of Glen Campbell], The Unholy Four – 1969 [German voice of Leonard Mann], Doc – 1970 [German voice of Denver John Collins], El Topo – 1970 [German voice of Juan José Gurrola], Have a Good Funeral – 1970 [German voice of killer #2], Santana Kills Them All – 1970 [German voice of Alvaro de Luna], Catlow – 1971 [German voice of Michale Delano], Companeros – 1971 [German voice Franco Nero], His Name was Pot They Called Him Joy – 1971 [German voice of Peter Martell], Lawman – 1971 [German voice of Richad Jordan], Valdez is Coming – 1971 [German voice of Richard Jordan], Call of the Wild – 1972 [German voice of Horst Heuck], Pancho Villa – 1972 [German voice of Angel del Pozo], Tedeum – 1972 [German voice of Giancarlo Prete], They Call Me Providence – 1972 [German voice of Horst Janson], Trinity is STILL My Name – 1972 [German voice of Terence Hill], My Name is Nobody – 1973 [German voice of Terence Hill], The Crazy Bunch – 1974 [German voice of George Hilton], White Fang to the Rescue – 1974 [German voice of Maurizio Merli] , The Genius – 1975 [German voice of Giuliano Gemma], The White, the Yellow, the Black – 1975 [Giuliano Gemma], Spaghetti Western – 1976 [German voice of Franco Nero], Garden of Venus – 1981 [German voice of Jorge Rivero], Django Strikes Again – 1987 [German voice of Franco Nero], They Call Me Renegade – 1987 [German voice of Terence Hill], Lucky Luke – 1990 German voice of Terence Hill], Troublemakers – 1994 [German voice of Terence Hill], Doc West – 2008 [German voice of Terence Hill], Triggerman – 2008 [German voice of Terence Hill]

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Gino Bardi


[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.]

Born Giuseppe Biago in Italy on June 12, 1907. He arrived in New York with his family as a child. He became the co-editor of the American Communist Party’s Italian-language weekly, L’Unitàdel Popolo. Bardi’s co-editor was Maria “Mary” Testa, the mother of Suze Rotolo, visual artist and author of the memoir, A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties (2008), who the Calandra Institute presented in November 2008. Bob Dylan’s song, “Ballad in Plain D,” references Testa in passing. In 1940, Biago ran for Congress as the American Labor Party’s candidate for a district representing Greenwich Village. Giuseppe obtained a degree in philosophy at Columbia College and returned to Italy to teach at the University of Florence. There he was drafted into the fascist army. He returned to the States, joined the Army in 1942, served, and wrote for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. He was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), as were other Italian-American soldiers, to assist Italian partisans behind enemy lines.

After the war, he changed his name to Gino Bardi returned to Italy and worked in the Italian film industry, in particular with producer Dino De Laurentiis. He and director Luchino Visconti translated Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” into Italian. He also became a dubbing director.

Bardi died at the age of 71 in New York in May of 1978 and is buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Queens. His nephew, Basil Bascetta, is the Chief Administrative Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at Queens College, the Calandra Institute’s parent college. Bardi’s unfinished memoir has been lost.

Gino Bardi appeared in only one Spaghetti western as Lucock, the Notary Public in 1966’s “3 pistole contro Cesare” (Death Walks in Laredo)

BARDI, Gino (Giuseppe Biago) [6/12/1907, Italy – 5/?/1978, New York, U.S.A.] – author, politician, film, voice actor.

Death Walks in Laredo – 1966 (Lycock, the Notary Public)

Spaghetti Western Locations Then and Now - $5,000 on One Ace”

 In the 1964 film we see a scene where Robert Woods’ character Jeff Clayton is standing at a gravesite with shovel in hand when he’s suddenly distracted and turns to see what the commotion is about. The scene was filmed in Candasnos, Huesca, Aragon, Spain.

We see the same location as it looks today with a train line running through the valley.


European Western Comics ~ Tarocchi d'Arte


Tarocchi d'Arte

A comic book series in a miniature edition published from 1992 to 1995 in Turin, Italy by Edizione d'Arte Lo Scarabeo under the direction of Ferruccio Giromini. It came out as a quarterly supplement to the Tarocchi d'arte series of boxed sets. It is filled with reprints and collected in mini box sets the first episodes of Martin Mystere (A. Castelli/G. Alessandrini), Zagor (G. Nolitta/G. Ferri), Dylan Dog (T. Sclavi/Stano), Tex (G. Bonelli/A . Galleppini), Nathan Never (Medda, Serra, Vigna), Nick Raider (Nizzi/Trigo), Mister No (G. Nolitta/G. Ferri), Commander Mark, Captain Miki and The Great Blek (EsseGesse), Mafalda (Quino), Kriminal and Satanik (Magnus/Bunker). Furthermore, it published box sets dedicated to Milo Manara, Corto Maltese, Marvel superheroes and "Italian comics in 300 characters". In November 1996 he also published the box set "I mitici numeri 100" in color with the nos. 100 by Martin Mystere, Commander Mark, Dylan Dog and Tex.

The first issue of this comic book series was published in July 1992 and ended in 1996. Each issue contained 94 or 98 black and white pages with color covers.

Anno di prima pubblicazione: 1992


Supereroi Marvel (April 1994)

Supplement A:

01 - X-Men

02 - Wolverine

03 - Ghost Rider

04 - Spider-Man

Supplement B:

01 - Fantastic Four

02 - The Incredible Hulk

03 - Amazing Spider-Man

04 - The X-Men


Sunday, October 1, 2023

From the WAI! vault


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Florin Barcun

 [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.]

Florin Barcun is a Romanian stuntman and sometimes actor. Probably born in the 1970s, he’s worked on close to 75 films including four Euro-westerns. His first stunt credit was for 1994’s “Nostradamus” directed by Roger Christian and starring Tchéky Karyo, F. Murray Abraham and Rutger Hauer. He’s still active today with his latest fil being 2023’s “Freedom” directed by

Tudor Giurgiu and starring Alex Calangiu, Tudor Giurgiu, Nap Toader.

BARCUN, Florin (aka Florin Barciun, Barcum Florin, Barcun Florin) [Romanian] – stuntman, TV actor.

Tom Sawyer – 2011 [stunts]

Dead in Tombstone – 2012 [stunts]

The Keeping Room – 2013 [stunts]

The Timber – 2013 [stunts]


Who Are Those Singers & Musicians ~ Bobby Hanna


Robert Alexander Faulds was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18, 1941. When still a youngster his parents moved to the Prairies, Canada before settling in Victoria, British Columbia.

He graduated from Victoria High School and was a member of several bands including The Wayward Trio - Bobby Faulds and the Strangers - The Canadian Strangers.

The Canadian Strangers arrived in the UK in October,1966. They played in clubs including the Cavern in Liverpool and a concert at London’s Saville Theatre, owned by Beatles manager Brian Epstein. However, some of the group became homesick and the group disbanded. Eventually Bobby decided to pursue a solo career. Faulds became a Decca recording artist as Bobby Hanna in 1967.

Bobby was married to Pau

He died in Victoria, Australia on October 10, 2014.

HANNA, Bobby (Robert Alexander Faulds) [10/18/1941, Penilee, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland U.K. – 10/10/2014, Victoria, Australia] – singer, TV, married to Pauline Margaret Stasinowsky [194?-    ] (1972-2014), father of Damien Faulds, Ben Faulds, Shane Faulds, member of the groups ‘The Wayward Trio’, ‘Bobby Faulds and The Strangers’.

Hannie Caulder – 1970 [Sings: "Hannie Caulder", "Life’s Never Peaceful"]

Saturday, September 30, 2023

From the WAI! vault

Tex turns 75


Tex Willer is the main fictional character of the Italian comics series Tex, created by writer Gian Luigi Bonelli and illustrator Aurelio Galleppini, and first published in Italy on 30 September 1948. It is among the most popular characters of Italian comics, with translations to numerous languages all around the world. The author took inspiration from Sardinia, where he grew up as a kid. The fan base in Brazil is especially large, but it is very popular also in Finland, Norway, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, France, India, Serbia, Bosnia, Israel and Spain.

The Tex Willer series is an Italian-made interpretation of the American Old West, inspired by the classical characters and stories of old American Western movies.

Tex is depicted as a tough guy with a strong personal sense of justice, who becomes a ranger (even if living in Arizona) and defends Native Americans and any other honest character from exaction and greed of bandits, unscrupulous merchants and corrupt politicians and tycoons.

Native Americans are portrayed in a complex way, emphasizing positive and negative aspects of their culture. The same can be said of the American authorities, like the U.S. Army, the politicians, the businessmen, the sheriffs or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tex had a son, named Kit (who became a ranger too), with a Native American woman, named Lilyth, the daughter of a Navajo Chief (she later died of smallpox). Later, Tex himself went on to become the Chief of the Navajo tribe.

Tex is not only featured in a monthly comic book series, but also in a special series called Tex Albo Speciale (sometimes called Texone, meaning big Tex, because of their bigger size). The Texone have around 240 pages and some artists known outside the Tex universe have been involved, like Jordi Bernet, Joe Kubert and Ivo Milazzo.

Happy Birthday 75th birthday Tex Willer.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Giuseppe Barcella

[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.]

Giuseppe Barcella was an Italian actor who had only two film credits. Both films starred Mino Reitano so that maybe his only connection to being in films.

His only Spaghetti western was as the sheriff in 1971’s “Tara Poki”.

BARCELLA, Giuseppe [Italian] – film actor.

Tara Poki – 1971 (sheriff)

Franco Nero’s idea on his appearance in “Django Unchained”

 Fandom Wire

By Nishanth

September 9, 2023

“It haunted him”: Quentin Tarantino Shut Down Original Django Actor’s Idea for $426M Jamie Foxx Movie That Led to One Wet Dream for Western Fans.

Quentin Tarantino’s tribute to the Spaghetti Western genre came in the form of the Jamie Foxx starrer Django Unchained. The film follows Foxx as the titular Django, a freed slave a few years before the American Civil War, who becomes a bounty hunter and searches for the love of his life. The film was a huge success, earning over $426 million at the box office.

While the film has a star-studded cast with actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson, true blue Western fans were elated when they saw the original Django, Franco Nero make a cameo appearance. The actor has only two scenes but his impact is amazing. Nero once mentioned that he had a totally different idea for his cameo, which could alter the course of the narrative.

Django Unchained was the second film in Quentin Tarantino’s series of revisionist history films, where he looked at key moments in world history and added his own sense of poetic justice to them. The other entries in his series were Inglorious Basterds and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Tarantino mentioned that he wanted to look at slavery but not in the usual dramatic way. He chose to set the film in the Deep South of America and add a Spaghetti Western style to it. In an interview with the Telegraph, he said,

“I want to do them like they’re genre films, but they deal with everything that America has never dealt with because it’s ashamed of it, and other countries don’t really deal with because they don’t feel they have the right to.”

The director has always been inspired by Spaghetti Westerns, which is seen in his films from time to time. He used many musical pieces composed by Ennio Morricone, the composer behind Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy. One of Tarantino’s inspirations was director Sergio Corbucci’s films, especially the original Django, which starred Franco Nero. He was also inspired by Corbucci’s Il Grande Silenzio.

Sergio Corbucci’s films were one of the foundations of the Spaghetti Western genre along with Sergio Leone’s films starring Clint Eastwood. Django spawned many unofficial sequels and iterations of the classic character. 

Quentin Tarantino has mentioned that he was a huge fan of the original Django and admired lead actor Franco Nero since the age of fourteen. The duo reportedly met in 2009, where Tarantino expressed his admiration and deep knowledge of the Django lore.

Franco Nero mentioned about the meeting in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter,

“We had lunch in Rome and he told me all the story, that he first saw Django when he was 14, when he was working in a video store. He knew practically all my work, he recited lines from my movies, and the music from my movies. He knew almost all of them.”

Tarantino finally pitched the idea of Django Unchained to Nero in 2011. While the actor agreed to feature in the film, he mentioned that he had his own idea for a Django film. He said,

“My idea is that Jamie Foxx, through the movie, had a vision of a horseman dressed in black, coming toward the camera. It haunted him. Until the very end, then there’s the horseman — that is me — and the camera pulls back and there’s a young black boy, and a black mother, who looks up and says “That’s your father,” and I would give him some advice, like “Fight for freedom,” or something like that. Quentin said he would think about it, but in the end, he didn’t go for the idea.”

As mentioned, Tarantino chose to go with his iteration which eventually made it to the final cut. Nero stars as a Mandingo owner who meets Jamie Foxx’s Django on Leonardo DiCaprio’s estate. He has a nice callback to his original character, which became a subtle yet impactful part of the film.

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Bad Man’s River”

 We continue our search for locations for “Bad Man’s River”. This scene was filmed at Daganzo de Arriba, Spain. The scene shifts from Duarte’s camp to the King gang trying to cover Fiero’s automobile with wooden boards and planks to make it as bulletproof as they can under the supervision of Montero.

This scene was filmed at Daganzo de Arriba, Spain.

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

Friday, September 29, 2023

Spaghetti Western Trivia – “Wonderful Like” (Swinger’s Paradise) western scene


One of the ten most popular films of the year at the British box office in 1964

A group of drifting youths find themselves in the Canaries involved in the filming of an episodic desert movie. They reckon a few song-and-dance numbers would liven things up.

Sections include the Western, Peplum Romans & Teenage Beach movies.

The movie was filmed in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city, and the "desert" scenes shot on Maspalomas sand dunes on Gran Canaria Island, Canary Islands, Spain.

YouTube trailer link:

 [submitted by Michael Ferguson]

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Ciccio Barbi

 [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.]

Alfio Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Barbi was born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy on January 19, 1919. As Ciccio Barbi he appeared in nearly 70 films from 1943’s “L'ultima carrozzella” directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Aldo Fabrizi and Anna Magnani.

A reliable character actor, he began his career in avant-garde theater and fortobustas, where he worked with Erminio Macario and Totò, moving into Italian cinema in the early 1940s,

After taking part in about sixty films between 1951 and 1962, he switched to television in the early sixties, appearing frequently in episodes of the historic ‘Carosello’. In 1968 he appeared in the drama “La freccia nera” directed by Anton Giulio Majano and in Franco Brusati's film “Tenderly”, in minor roles. He starred in his last film on the big screen in 1977’s “Orazi e Curiazi 3 – 2” directed by Giorgio Mariuzzo which starred Elio Pandolfi and Francesco Mulè.

Barbi also worked as a voice dubber on over a dozen Italian films.

Ciccio died in Rome, on November 26, 1992 at the age of 73.

His only Spaghetti western film was as Armando in “I magnifici tre” (The Magnificent Three) in 1961, which starred Walter Chiari, Ugo Tognazzi and Raimondo Vianello.

BARBI, Ciccio (aka Alfio Barbi) (Alfio Francesco Barbi) [1/19/1919, Turin, Piedmont, Italy – 11/26/1992, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – theater, film, TV, voice actor.

The Magnificent Three – 1961 (Armando)

Two new Blu-ray, DVD releases “In einem Sattel mit dem Tod”, “Eine Kugel für MacGregor”


“In einem Sattel mit dem Tod”

(Hannie Caulder)



Director: Burt Kennedy

Starring: Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine


Country: Germany

Label: Mediacs

Discs: 1


Limited edition: 777 copies

Language: German

Running time: 85 minutes


Available: September 29, 2023

“Eine Kugel für MacGregor”

(Up the MacGregors)



Director: Franco Giraldi

Starring: David Baily, Agatha Flory, Leo Anchoriz


Country: Germany

Label: Explosive Media

Blu-ray, DVD

Region: B

Discs: 1

Resolution 1080p 2K, HD

Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1, 16:9 - 1.77:1

Languages: German, English, Italian

Subtitles: German, English

Extras: trailer; gallery


Release date: September 28, 2023

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Three Musketeers of the West”

 Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “The Three Musketeers of the West” directed by Bruno Corbucci and starring Timothy Brent, Pietro Tordi, George Eastman and Eduardo Fajardo. It is a comedy film that takes place at the Mexican border in the late 1800’s, the young Dart (Timothy Brent) enlists in the famous Texas Rangers. Assigned to cover the Mexican, U.S border, the boy discovers that the businessman Horatio Maurice DeLuc (Eduardo Fajardo) is in talks with General Ortega (Vicente Roca), who would give him illegally the rights to certain mining concessions. Reporting the transaction to his superiors, he along with two accomplices, Dart is able to ruin DeLuc’s plans and operations.

The film ranks 106 on the Italian earnings list bringing in 532,137 lire.


Tutti per uno, botte per tutti – Italian title

Todos para uon, golpes para todes – Spanish title

Lännen muskettisoturit – Finnish title

Les rangers défient les karatékas – French title

Les trois mousquetaires de l’Ouest – French title

Alle für einen - Prügel für alle – German title

Kataigida me karate sto Far West – Greek title

4 yperohoi Trinita – Greek title

Västerns vildaste musketörer – Swedish title

The Three Musketeers of the West – English title


A 1973 Italian, Spanish film co-production [Capitolina Produzioni Cinematografica

     (Rome), Dieter Geisier Filmproduktion (Munich), Star Films (Madrid)]

Producers: Edmondo Amati, Antonio Mazzi

Director: B. Corbucci (Bruno Corbucci)

Story: Tito Casrpi

Screenplay: B. Corbucci (Bruno Corbucci), Tito Carpi, Leonardo Martin (Leonardo

     Mendez), Peter Berling

Cinematography: Rafael Pacheco (Rafale de Usa) [Technicolor, Techniscope]

Music: Carlo Rustichelli

Running time: 95 minutes



Dart Coldwater, Jr. – Timothy Brent (Giancarlo Prete)

Dart ‘Pa’ Coldwater Sr. – Pietro Torti (Pietro Tordi)

Mac Athos/Mercathos – George Eastman (Luigi Montefiori)

Horatio Maurice DeLuc – Eduardo Fajardo

Dr. Alice Ferguson – Karin Schubert

Portland – Chris Huerta (Cris Brieva)

General Ortega – Vicente Roca

Baron von Horn - Max Turilli (Marcello Turilli)

Cheese Valley band leader – Carlo Rustichelli

Aramirez – Leo Anchóriz (Leopoldo Fustel)

Chen Li – Li Chen (Hsueh Han)

Senor Mendoza – José Canalejas

Domingo – Fabian Conde

Juanita – Virginia Samso (Virginia Garcia)

Juan – Adolfo Thous

Esteban – Jose Luis Zalde (Jose Luis Lizalde)

Mayor of Bordertown – Juan Casalilla (Juan Cazalilla)

Sheriff of Fort Delivery – Francisco Camoiras

Fort Delivery saloon greeter - Maribel Hidalgo (Maria Hidalgo)

Baron von Grubben - Max Turilli (Marcello Turilli)

Gangsters – Giovanni Ukmar, Giancarlo Ukmar

Man whistling – Jose Jaspe (José Rivas)

Fire eater – Osiride Pevarello

Grabie – Luis Gaspar (Luis Osorio)

Lover in opening scene – Eleonora Giorgi

Tattooed cowboy - Bruno Boschetti

Circus performer – Franca Scagnetti

Square dance caller - Vittorio Congia

Square dance attendee – Gilberto Galmiberti, Margarete Horowitz, Virgilio Ponti,

     Angelo Casadei

Circus employees – Franca Scagnetti, Adriana Bruno

Circus acrobat – Franco Ukmar

With: Peter Berling, Rafael Albaicin (Ignacio Escudero), Roberto Chiappa, Luigi Leoni, Giuseppe Cozzi, Lorenzo Ramirez, Luigi Antonio Guerra, Antonio Ramis, Juan Amigo, Frank Clement (Francisco Clement), Hernando Rodriguez, Lisardo de la Iglesia

Monday, September 25, 2023

Vacataion September 25 - 28, 2023


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Orlando Baralla

 [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.]

Orlando Baralla was of the most active character actors in Italian cinema, on the stages since the forties, his career slowed down in the second half of the 1960's. He has around eighty film credits but only one Spaghetti western appearance as Governor Wallace in 1967’s “...e divenne il più spietato bandito del sud” (For a Few Bullets More) starring Peter Lee Lawrence. He was also a prolific character actor in fotoromanzi magazines.

He’s probably best remembered as the doctor in the 1959 Horror classic “Caltiki il mostro immortale” (Caltiki the Immortal Monster).

Orlando was married to Beatrice Fiammetta and his adopted daughter was the actress Fiammetta Baralla [1943-2013].

BARALLA, Orlando [192?, Italy -    ] – fotoromanzi, film actor, married to Beatrice Fiammetta (19??-194?), father of adopted actress Fiammetta Baralla (Beatrice Bentivoglio) (1943-2013).

For a Few Bullets More – 1967 (Governor Wallace)

Spaghetti Western Locations Then and Now – “The Price of Power”

 We see a scene where President Garfield is assassinated while visiting Dallas, Texas. The film was 1969’s “The Price of Power” starring Giuliano Gemma and Van Heflin. The townsite set was Flagstone which was built for 1968’s “Once Upon a Time in the West”. It is located in La Calahorra, Granada.

This is the same site as seen in 2022, where only a few of the brick buildings remain and the location is now a goat farm and a paved road runs right through the center of the few buildings that are left.