Saturday, March 2, 2024

Spaghetti Western Podcast Season 7, Episode 6, #127


Please join me at noon PST today for another episode of The Spaghetti Westerns Podcast. I’ll be covering “Blood for a Silver Dollar” starring Giuliano Gemma, in our on-going “History of the Spaghetti Western segment. Then I’ll tell you “Whatever Became of… Jess Hahn” Followed by Riccardo Pizzuti in “Who Are Those Guys? The Film of the week is “6 Bullets to Hell”. The CD of the week will be “Blood for a Silver Dollar”. I’ll have an autograph of the week, a nd some posters. We’ll finish things up with The News of the Week. So, I’ll see you around High Noon on You Tube.

From the WAI! vault



Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ I. Bobrov

[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.]

Ivan Vasilevich Bobrov was born in Moscow, Russian Empire on February 7, 1904. In 1917 he graduated from the City Primary School. Beginning in 1918 he worked as a transport agent of the Suschevsko-Marinsky District Council and from 1920 - a forwarder of the People's Commissariat of Forestry, and in 1922 - a forwarder of Rustrans.

In 1925, Ivan Bobrov made his film debut. In 1926, he became an actor at Sovkino and  graduated from the acting school at Mosfilm.

From 1926 to 1932, Ivan Bobrov served in the OGPU (The Joint State Political Directorate (JSPD) which was the intelligence and state security service and secret police of the Soviet Union from 1923 to 1934) while combining work in the cinema.

From April 1941, he became an actor of the Tashkent Film Studio, in 1944 - an actor of the Soyuzdetfilm film studio, and from 1948 an actor of the Theater-Studio of the Film Actor.

He starred in films and worked for a long time as a boxing instructor at the Dynamo MPSO. He was an award winner of Moscow for the memoirs of Kirill Stolyarov about the film "The Death of the Eagle", 1940.

Ivan died in Moscow on April 12, 1952.

His only Euro-western appearance was as a gold prospector in the 1946 Russian film “Belyy klyk” (White Fang)/

BOBROV, I. (aka I.V. Bobrov) (Ivan Vasilevich Bobrov) [2/7/1904, Moscow, Russian Empire – 4/12/1952, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.] – film actor.

White Fang – 1946 (gold prospector)

New Italian book release - Storie Scellerate il cinema di Sergio Citti


Storie Scellerate il cinema di Sergio Citti

(Wicked Stories. Sergio Citti’s Cinema)


Country: Italy

Author Roberto Baldassarre

Publisher: Falsopiano

Language: Italian

Pages: 336

ISBN: 88-9304-270-3

EAN: 9788893042703

Available: February 26, 2024


"Storie scellerate is not a film about the life of the suburbs, but represents, in a certain sense, the cultural effort made by a member of the Roman underclass to go back to the world of his fathers and grandfathers (with the help of Belli, of course)". This is what Father Virgilio Fantuzzi, one of the few essayists to follow Sergio Citti's work attentively, wrote when reviewing Storie scellerate. The second feature film of the "Pittoretto della Maranella", the film at the time was mistakenly catalogued among the decamerotics. It was a serious misunderstanding, because the film, initially conceived as a Decameron number 2 in the hands of Citti, assisted in the screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini, has become a personal novelist that mixes high culture (Bandello, Belli, Boccaccio), with low culture (oral literature, stornelli, proverbs and facts). And it even becomes an anthology that collects the main themes of the cinema of the Capitoline author. With a preface by Paolo Micalizzi.

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Face to Face”

We continue our search for locations for “Face to Face”. After the mail holdup Beauregard and Brad ride to a plantation where they are greeted by Belle de Winton. Beau asks where her brother is and he’s told he’s out searching for a runaway slave. Over dinner Maximillion de Winton pledges loyalty to Bennet’s Raiders who will ride again. Belle toasts loyalty to the South.

This was filmed in Cceda/Finca el soto Guadalajara 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

Special Birthdays

Dante Maggio (actor) would have been 115 today but died in 1992.

Uschi Glas (actress) is 80 today.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Spaghetti Western Trivia “The Legend of Frenchie King” in Burgos, Spain


Few people know that Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale travelled to Burgos in 1971 to film “The Legend of Frenchie King”. Yes, Christian-Jaque's film was set in Texas, but the reality is that Frenchie King and Marie, and their respective sisters and brothers, were in Cabezón de la Sierra, Rabanera del Pinar and Salas de los Infantes. Do you know the Santander-Mediterranean railway line from The Miracle of P. Tinto? It can boast of being quite cinematic because it also makes its cameos in this film, which shows that the Spaghetti western is not just a thing of the Tabernas Desert, in Almeria.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Stephen Blood

[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.]

Stephen Blood is/was an American actor who appeared in seven films and TV appearances from 1974 to 1981. He first appeared playing several roles in the 1974-’75 TV series ‘Petrocelli’ and his final credited role was playing the co-pilot in the 1981 film “The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper”.  

Stephen’s only Euro-western appearance was as Sheriff Gibson in 1977’s “Un autre homme, une autre chance” (Another Man, Another Chance) starring James Caan and Geneviève Bujold.

I can find no other biographical information on him.

BLOOD, Stephen (aka Stephen Monstaa Blood, Stephen Hoag) (Stephen T. Blood) [American] – film, TV actor.

Another Man, Another Chance – 1977 (Sheriff Gibson)

New Italian book release Tutti i film di Franco e Ciccio


Tutti i film di Franco e Ciccio

(All the films by Franco and Ciccio)


Author: Marco Giusti


Country: Italy

Publisher: Bloodbuster

Language: Italian

Pages: 304

EAN: 9788894764826

Available: March 1, 2024



That's what you think. An almost impossible feat. All the films by Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia, as a couple, but also as soloists, reviewed, reread, told by those who made them, but above all catalogued in order of release from the first to the last. An inextricable labyrinth. Accompanied by the statements and reviews of the time, which reconstruct the production madness, the very poor critical fortune, the incredible success in the 60s. Almost a movie a week. One title after another. Good, not so good, great, bad. But the films that take the lead grosses an average of 400 million lire per title, with peaks of one billion that will make the producers rich, who are asking for more and more. Which will make Ciccio say "Modestly, the Italian comic cinema of the 60s is called Franchi e Ingrassia". And, something never attempted, the reconstruction of another labyrinth, the theatrical one, of the birth of the comic couple within the incredible world of post-war entertainment. A great Italian story. Or, rather, Sicilian. Colour insert, 32 pages. Preface by Giampiero Ingrassia.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hollywood and the Many Lives of Lee Van Cleef

From Film Noir to classic and Spaghetti Westerns: his burning glare lit up four decades of great cinema

The Hot Corn

By John Bleasdale

February 14, 2024

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a genius at being wrong at times and no more so than when he wrote that there were no second acts in American lives. Leroy van Cleef Jr – better known to the world as Lee Van Cleef – had at least three acts to his life and career. A distinctive presence with a piercing stare and distinctive vulpine features, he stalked the screens for almost forty years, immediately recognizable, and in his ninety film credits he displayed a surprisingly broad range from Sci-Fi and Film Noir to classic and Spaghetti Westerns.

Born in New Jersey, Lee went from school straight into the Navy where he served on a mine sweeper from 1942 for the duration of the war. With that little affair wrapped up, the young man moved from stage to film, having been spotted in a performance of Mister Roberts and was cast in Fred Zimmerman’s High Noon (1950) as a villainous cowboy. Although the danger of typecasting was ever present, Lee tried to appear in a variety of material. He has a stand out role as a military sniper in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), one of the best early monster movies.

As well as westerns both on TV and the big screen, Lee played significant roles in some of the finest film noirs being made in the period. Kansas City Confidential (1952), Vice Squad (1953) and The Big Combo (1953) are all classics of the genre, and Lee’s contribution is often the conveyance of imaginative, almost joyful malice. The sniggering henchman can also be seen in such classic Westerns as Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) and The Man who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

 In 1958, Lee had almost been killed in a car crash and the resulting knee injury would cause him much pain. There were rumours of alcoholism as well. Despairing of ever making it further than third villain from the right, he began to paint, set up an interior decorating business and when some guy with a goofy name asked him to meet him in a hotel he turned up expecting to submit an estimate for a paint job. Instead Sergio Leone had spotted Lee from TV shows in Italy and he wanted his stare; he wanted his look and significantly he didn’t want him to play the villain, at least at first.

In For A Few Dollars More (1965), Lee plays Colonel Mortimer, a decent man hell bent on revenge who pals up with Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name to take on Gian Marie Volante’s gang. It was a superb and (at last) substantial performance. And in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Lee would be taking joint top billing alongside Eastwood and Eli Wallach in the apex of the genre. His Angel Eyes was a villainous turn, but it was a character with depth, wit and sadism. From then on Lee cashed in on his new found visibility and star power with a series of Spaghetti Westerns in which he was given star billing and Man in Black hero roles, in films like The Big Gundown (1966), Death Rides a Horse (1967), Take a Hard Ride (1975) and the Sabata comedies.

Back in the US, he took over the lead of The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972) but it was in Europe that he continued to find the work and recognition he’d so long waited for. A scene-stealing performance in John Carpenter’s Escape From New York (1981) was a late highlight in his career, but he continued to work right up until his death in 1989 starring in a TV series called The Master.

When he died, surprisingly he was only 64 years. He always seemed older, even when he was young. ‘Being born with a pair of beady eyes was the best thing that ever happened to me,’ Lee said. Perhaps, he’d come to terms with the villainous quality, especially once it was more of a choice than a case of type casting. When he died his tombstone read ‘Best of the Bad’ and that indeed he was.

Special Birthdays

Mirko Ivanković (stunts, actor) is 85 today.

Ron Howard (actor) is 70 today.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Tony Bland

[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.]

Supposedly Tony Bland’s real name is Antonio Bland. This is his only film credit and his only Euro-western in an uncredited role. No biographical information that I can find.

BLAND, Tony (Antonio Bland) – film actor.

A Wreath for the Bandits – 1967

Voices of the Spaghetti Western – “Djurado”

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 “Djurado”

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

Djurado / Jim Golden Poker - Montgomery Clark (I) Renato Izzo

Barbara Donovan – Scilla Gabel (I) ?

Tommy's Wife Dorianne - Mary Jordan (I) ?

Ducaine the Tucan – Luis Induni (I) Sergio Rossi

Don José Rafael – Goyo Lebrero (I) Pino Colizzi

Marshal Ray Daller - Isarco Ravaioli (I) Giorgio Piazza

Mitzy – Margaret Lee (I) Mirella Pace

Giorgio Piazza  (1925 – 2010)

Giorgio Piazza was born in in Rome on July 16, 1925. After graduating from the National Academy of Dramatic Art, he worked in various companies including that of Tino Carraro. In the early fifties he joined Vittorio Gassman's company, with whom he remained for a long period; At the same time, he began his dubbing career at CDC, later became president of CID, and then returned to SEFIT-CDC. In his long career, he worked on the dubbing of a large number of foreign actors, including William Holden, James Mason, Ray Milland, Dirk Bogarde, Michel Piccoli, Henry Fonda, and also Italians.

Gifted with a timbre of voice similar to that of Gualtiero De Angelis, he was James Stewart's regular dubber, in the eighties Piazza was responsible for the redubbing of the films “The Glenn Miller Story” (1954), “Rear Window” (1954) and “The Woman Who Lived Twice” (1958). In the 1970s, he began his career as a dubbing director, curating, among others, the Italian versions of “Silverado” (1985), “Dances with Wolves” (1990), “Waterworld” (1996), “Godzilla” and some television series including ‘The Octopus 4’ and ‘The Octopus 5 - The Heart of the Problem’. His activity as a film actor was limited to a few films, but he was very prolific as a dubbing director, from the beginning of the seventies until the beginning of the 2000s. He died in Rome on July 3, 2010, of an aneurysm, just 13 days before his 85th birthday.


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Ricardo Blanco

[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.]

Ricardo Blanco was born José Blanco Yegres in Cumaná, Sucre, Venezuela on February 19, 1940. He was an actor, director and theater teacher. actor, teacher. He came from a large family of 8 children. Among his most famous works are “Don Quixote”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and several plays by Tennessee Williams. He played in various TV productions and telenovelas of RKTV and Venevision. Sometimes he acted under the name Ricardo Blanco. In recent years, he was engaged in teaching, and on August 18, 2004, he passed away in Caracas from cancer at the age of 64.

Blanco’s only Euro-western was in the DEFA Indianer film “Tödlicher Irrtum” (Fatal Error) as Small Eagle in 1969.

BLANCO, Ricardo (aka Sixto Blanco) (José Blanco Yegres) [2/19/1940, Cumaná, Sucre, Venezuela – 8/18/2004, Caracas, Venezuela (cancer)] – film, TV actor.

Fatal Error – 1969 (Small Eagle)

New Spanish Blu-ray “Killer Cailbre 32”


“Killer Cailbre 32”

(Killer Caliber .32)



Director: Alfonso Brescia

Starring: Peter Lee Lawrence, Hélène Chanel


Country: Spain

Label: Mon inter


BD-R, gray market

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Languages: Spanish, German, English

Subtitles: Spanish

Running time: 94 minutes


Release date: February 28, 2024

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Javier de Rivera


Javier de Rivera Corsini was born on July 29, 1901, in Las Palmas, Grand Canary Islands, Spain. Javier was a Spanish actor and film director. He appeared in around 200 films, alternating roles as protagonists, supporting actors and extras.

At the age of twenty, after finishing his degree as a commercial surveyor, he moved to Madrid to develop his true passion: interpreting. He began as an extra for a series of films by José Buchs: “Victim of Hate” (1921), “The Useless Miss” (1921), “The Paloma Festival” (1921), “Jailers” (1922) and “The Moorish Queen” (1922).

Gradually, he began to get roles of greater importance and in 1925 he obtained leading roles in films such as “El señor feudal”, “Ruta gloriosa” by Fernando Delgado, “La niena del cura” by Luis R. Alonso and “Madrid en el año 2000” by Manolo Noriega, the latter one of the few science fiction genre films in Spanish cinema.

He was famous by 1926, but with the arrival of the Franco regime, his acting career was paralyzed, so in the moment he took advantage of it to try his luck as a director, directing “The Tempest” (1944) and “Yebala” (1948), both with little box office success. From then on, he began to work as a dubbing director at the Cinearte Studios in Madrid.

In the 1960s he revived his career as an actor, although in secondary roles and even as an extra. As a curious note, it should be noted that he shared the cast with his countrymen Fabián Conde in “El ángel” (1969) by Vicente Escrivá and with Charles Quiney in “Plomo sobre Dallas” (1970), in “Los rebels de Arizona” (1970), both by José María Zabalza and in “Ivanna” (1970) and “La última aventura del Zorro” (1970), both by José Luis Merino.

On January 29, 1977, he received the A Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Entertainment Union​

He died on March 31, 1993, in Madrid at the age of 91 in precarious conditions and practically forgotten.

Javier de Rivera appeared in a dozen Spaghetti westerns from “In a Colt's Shadow” in 1965 as Williams and was billed as Xavier de Rivera. His final appearance in a Spaghetti western was as a cameo role as a poker player in 1974’s “Patience Has a Limit, We Don’t”.

de RIVERA, Javier (aka Javier de Ribera, Xavier de Rivera, Javier de la Rivera, Javier Rivera) (Javier de Rivera Corsini) [7/29/1901, Las Palmas, Grand Canary Islands, Spain – 3/31/1993, Spain] – director, film actor.

In a Colt's Shadow – 1965 (Williams) [as Xavier de Rivera]

Johnny West - 1965

Django Kill – 1966 (Oak henchman)

The Fury of Johnny Kid - 1966 [as Javier Rivera]

Rattler Kid – 1967 (prisoner)

Tierra Brava – 1968 (farmer)

Zorro the Conqueror – 1968 (village leader) [as Javier Rivera]

Rebels of Arizona – 1969 (railroad formeman) [as Javier Rivera]

$20,000 for Every Corpse – 1969 (railroad superintendent) [as Javier Rivera]

Another Dollar for the McGregors – 1970 (poker player)

Bullets Over Dallas – 1970 (carpenter) [as Javier Rivera]    

Patience Has a Limit, We Don’t – 1974 (poker player)

Special Birthdays

Robert Heymann (writer) would have been 145 today but died in 1946.

José Sepúlveda (actor) would have been 115 today but died in 1969.

Harry Harris (actor) is 100 today.

Hilton McRae (actor) is 75 today.

Juan Yebra (actor) is 70 today.

Bret Davidson (actor) would have been 65 today but died in 2017.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Pablo Blanco

[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.]

Pablo Blanco Soto is/was a Spanish character actor. According to the IMDb he appeared in fourteen films and TV appearances between 1967 to 1977. Among them were two Spaghetti westerns “Kitosch l’uomo che veniva dal nord” (Kitosch, the Man Who Came from the North) as the captain in 1966 and as a bartender in “uno, dos, tres… dispara otra vez” (Tequila) in 1972.

Whether he’s still living or not is unknown as there’s no biographical information on him that I can find.

BLANCO, Pablo (Pablo Blanco Soto) [Spanish] – film, TV actor.

Kitosch, the Man Who Came from the North – 1966 (captain)

Tequila! – 1972 (bartender)

New Spanish film “The Sacred Tunnel Manuscript”


The Sacred Tunnel Manuscript


Le manuscrit du tunnel sacré – French title

The Sacred Tunnel Manuscript – English title


A 2023 Spanish production [Studios Carre Films (Almeria), Sweetwater, Chilishop 2]

Producer: Toni Carre, John and Janine Hutchins

Director: Didier Methivier

Story: Didier Methivier

Screenplay: Didier Methivier

Cinematography: Didier Methivier [color]

Music: Didier Metnhivier, various

Running time: 88 minutes


Story: A man finds himself confronted with his past through a woman who fell from the sky. His grandfather will help him in his investigations.



Josephine De L’Akrassay – Elisa Cernel

Farmer Ize, General Ize – Jean Marc Jeanne

The Man – John Hutchins

The Woman – Janine Hutchins

Didier De L’Akrassay - Didier Methivier

Raoul De L’Akrassay - Didier Methivier

With: Richy Tarroux, Antonio Carreño (José Antonio Carreño), Franky J. Cuadrron, Antonio Amoruso, Elisa Tampieri, Manuel José Olava, Laura Felices, David Hubbard, Carlo siebwright, Antonio José Lopez, Cristobal Lopez, José Fernandez Mezcua, Dalila Lopez, Juan Castro, Les pietons

Entire film link - 

Special Birthdays

Giorgio Arlorio (writer) would have been 95 today but died in 2019.

José Corral Martinez (actor) is 60 today.

Monday, February 26, 2024

RIP Charles Dierkop


American character actor Charles Dierkop died February 25th at Sherman Oaks, after a recent heart attack and bout with pneumonia. He was 87. After portraying an uncredited pool-hall hood in the Paul Newman-starring “The Hustler” (1961), Dierkop got to work with Newman again in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) when he was hired to play Hole in the Wall Gang outlaw George “Flat Nose” Curry. Dierkop had broken his nose in fights several times as a kid, so he was rather suited for the part. Charles Richard Dierkop was born on Sept. 11, 1936, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dierkop was married to Joan Addis from 1958 until their 1974 divorce. They had two children, Charles Jr., who died in 1990 at age 29, and Lynn. Dierkop appeared in only one Euro-western as Cooper in 1989’s “Blood Red” starring Dennis Hopper and Giancarlo Giannini.

RIP Georg Riedel


Czech born Swedish composer Georg Riedel died in Stockholm on February 25, 2024, at the age of 90. Riedel, a name synonymous with the enchanting background scores of Astrid Lindgren's cherished tales, leaves behind a legacy that has been an integral part of Scandinavian childhoods and beyond. His compositions, including the beloved 'Idas Sommarvisa,' have not just entertained but also shaped the musical landscape of children's literature in Sweden. He was born Georg Martin Ludvig Riedel on January 8, 1934, in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia. Riedel's journey to musical prominence began upon his family's relocation to Stockholm. Here, a young Riedel transitioned from the violin to the double bass, uncovering a passion for jazz that would eventually intertwine with the world of children's stories. His induction into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and the recognition with the Children’s Culture Award are testaments to his enduring impact on children's films and music. Georg composed the score for the 1964 Euro-western “Wild West Story”.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ José María Blanco

[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 María Blanco Martínez was born in Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain in 1935. He appeared as an actor in over 135 films and TV series between 1963 and 2004. He also directed three films and wrote screenplays for three films.

Blanco was trained at the Barcelona Theatre Institute, the School of Actors (Barcelona) and the Liceu Conservatory, José María Blanco began his career in radio were followed by 19 jobs in theater, among his various activities is also that of having directed dubbing.

In 2012 he was nominated for the Gaudí Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Open 24 h” by Carles Torras. He was awarded Best Actor for his appearance in “La otra cena” (The Other Supper). He has also won at the 2015 Southampton International Film Festival the Award for Best Editing of a Short Film with the film "Con Quién Sueña Berta", directed by Fco. Gómez Pinteño.

José María Blanco has appeared in three Spaghetti westerns: “Sartana non perdona” (Sonora) in 1968, “Descenso al infierno” (Descent into Hell) in 2012 as the old man and in 2015 he played the sheriff in “La primera Piedra”.

BLANCO, José María (aka José M. Blanco) (José María Blanco Martínez) [1935, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain -     ] – director, assistant director, writer, cinematographer, film editor, film actor.

Sonora – 1968

Descent into Hell – 2012 (old man)

La primera Piedra – 2015 (sheriff)

New Spanish Blu-ray release of “Django”





Director: Sergio Corbucci

Starring: Franco Nero, Eduardo Fajardo, Loredana Nusciak, Jose Bodalo


Country: Spain

Label: Divisa / Mercury Films

Region: 0

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Languages: Mono 2.0  Spanish, Italian, Mono 5.1 English, Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish

Running time: 92 minutes

Extras: Gallery, filmographies, posters


Release date: February 26, 2024

Spaghetti Western Locations Then & Now - “Scalps”

The photo below is a screen shot from the Spaghetti westerns “Scalps” made in 1987 in

New Frontier, Tabernas, Almeria, Spain. This is the same location used for Charles Bronson’s “Chino” (1973) and Alex Cox’s “Straight to Hell” (1987) filmed the same year. Today nothing exists but a few crumpled foundations and scraps of wood.

The same location as seen in 2023.

European Western Comics – Avventure – Far West Stories


Adventure – Far West Adventures

This comic book series started as a monthly then bimonthly which was published in 1948 in Genoa, Italy by Edizioni Avventure under the direction of Giovanni De Leo. It presents prose stories of the western genre, written by Gian Luigi Bonelli (J. B. O'Selly), Giovanni De Leo (Little John), Renzo Barbieri and William Donald author of Red Killer. The black and white illustrations were drawn by Alvaro Mairani, Aldo Profumo, Epar, A. Todarello, Gallieno Ferri (Fergal). Coverswere created by Alvaro Mairani (Almay) and Aldo Profumo. Beginning with issue #13 The magazine name changed to Far West Adventures. On the August 1950 #15 the date is stamped above May-June 1950, just as the writing A.G.I.R.E. is stamped above the Messaggerie Italiane distributor. Announced but not found the number. #16 "Tomahawk"

The series premiers with issue #1 on October 30, 1948, and ended with #15 on June 5, 1950. Each issue contained 48 pages.



01 (30.10.48) - “Quando la morte chiama” (When Death Calls)

02 (30.11.48) - “Sangue sulla frontiera” (Blood on the Border)

03 (30.01.49) - “Il Ranch Maledetto” (The Cursed Ranch)

04 (28.02.49) - “Il vampiro di Kansas City” (The Kansas City Vampire)

05 (31.03.49) - “Il rodeo della morte” (The Rodeo of Death)

06 (28.02.49) - “L'implacabile Cow Boy” (The Relentless Cowboy)

07 (00.07.49) - “La vendetta di Tommy Whiles” (The Revenge of Tommy Whiles)

08 (00.08.49) - “Frontiere selvagge” (Wild Frontiers)

09 (00.09.49) - “Satan” (Satan)

10 (00.10.49) - “La signora del West” (The Lady of the West)

11 (00.11.49) - “Il bandito” (The Bandit)

12 (01-02.50) - “La legge del sangue” (The Law of Blood)

13 (02-03.50) - “Jane Custer” (Jane Custer)

14 (04-05.50) - “La via della sete” (The Road of Thirst)

15 (05-06.50) - “Pain della morte” (Pain of Death)

Special Birthdays

 Toni Secchi (director, writer, cinematographer) would have been 100 today but died in 2013.

Charles Dumont (composer) is 95 today.

Paolo Ferrari (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 2018.

Ileana Dunareanu (actress) is 80 today.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

From the WAI! vault


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Ángel Blanco

[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.]

Ángel González Blanco was supposedly a Spanish child actor. He’s credited by the IMDb as playing a young boy in 1971’s “Ciudad llamada bastarda” (A Town Called Bastard).

The problem arises as he’s not credited at all in the films end credits and the only young boys in the entire film are altar boys in the opening scene. One rings the church bell and the other closes the door to the church when the parishioners are all inside. So, which one is Ángel Blanco

BLANCO, Ángel (aka Angel Blanco, Stefano Charelli, Ángel González) (Ángel González Blanco) [Spanish] – film, TV actor.

A Town Called Hell – 1971 (young boy)

Blue Mountain


Im Tal der wilden Rosen – German title

Les exigences du coeur – French title

A vadrózsák völgyében – Hungarian title

La valle delle rose selvatiche – Italian title

En el valle de las rosas silvestres – Spanish title


A 2006-2008 German TV production [Polyphon Film-und Fernsehgesellschaft (Hamburg),

     Videoscope Fernseh-Film GmbH (Berin)]

Producers: Frank Buchs, Andrea Nedelmann, Claus Beling, Winka Wulff, Thorsten Ritsch, Dieter Stempnierwsky, Joe Thornton, Frank Huwe

Directors: Oliver Dommenget, Dieter Kehler, Stefan Bartmann, Michael Keusch

Story: Ann Robinson

Teleplay: Barbara Engelke

Photography: Georgij Pestov, Mike Gast [color]

Music: Hans Günter Wagener

Running time: 90 minutes x 13 episodes



Tim Ripley - Maximilian Werner, Ken Calhoun – Ralf Bauer., Doris – Carin C. Tietze, Pastor, Lucas – Alexander Wussow, Sheriff – Andreas Herder, Dr. Keating – James D. Hopkin, Dr. Gears – Jayson Therrien, Dr. Grace Scott – Sonsee Neu, Helen Wilkenbury – Leonore Capell, Casandra ‘Cassie’ Mills – Florentine Lahme, Rachel Bone – Urseula Buschhorn, Melissa Ridings – Denise Zich, Julie Moss – Christina Beyerhaus, Angela Arnett - Katja Weitzenböck, Kate Mulligan – Alexandra Schalaudek, Elizabeth ‘Lily’ Wright – Eva-Maria Grein von Friedl, Julia Richards - Inez Bjørg David, Emily Wheeler – Kathrin Kühnel, Jeremy – Hardy Krüger Jr., James Baker – Patrick Fichte, Robert Ripley – Oliver Bootz Justin Carter – Florian Fitz, Jake Cross – Erol Sander, Darren Scofield – Jochen Horst, Greg Greers – Marcus Grüsser, Cal Withers – Wayne Carpendale, Henry Castleton - Philippe Brenninkmeyer, cattle buyer – Neil Fifer, Michael – Dan Hoch, Sarah Ripley Eva Habermann, Phil Gleason – Hendrik Duryn, Matt Stevens - André Röhner, Ron Berenson – Mirko Lang, Margret ‘Maggie’ – Anne Brendler, Pastor Ben - Moritz Lindbergh, Mary O’Connor Jana Voosen, Charles Anderson - Günther Maria Halmer, Andrew Baker – Jacques Breuer, Alice Greers - Hanna Schwamborn, Walter Cross – Daniele Legler, Dick Mills – Ralf Lindermann, Terence Hudson – Peter Ketnath, Monica - Nina-Friederike Gnädig, Janet Berenson – Janette Rauch, Warren Johnson – Peter Sattmann, Sheriff Joe Carmody - Alexander-Klaus Stecher, David Wilkenbury – Mathias Hermann, Henry – Andreas Brucker, Susan Anderson – Julia Stemberger, Steve Greers – Patrick Rapold, Hazel Brooks – Monika Peitsch, Abraham ‘Abe’ Ross – Helmut Zierl, Shirley – Christine Reinhart , Ted Wheeler – Martin Rapold, Ed Richards - Max Herbrechter, Mildred Johnson – Edda Leesch Mabel Poltrane - Alexandra Reimer-Duffy, Agatha Miller – Anja Kruse, Ruth Abbanat - Eleonore Weisgerber, William Scott – Stefan Gubser, Jack – Patrick Wolff, Tom Cross – Oliver Clemens, Cindy Kaloon – Jessica Boehrs, Polly Waltz – Luise Bähr, Helen Berenson - Ruth-Maria Kubitschek, Big Daddy Cledus Rodham – Rainer Hunold, silk merchant Jerry - Miguel Herz-Kestranek,l Melly Scott – Kim-Sarah Brandts, Charlotte Withers – Gaby Dohm, Michael Perry – Pascal Breuer, Gladys Cross – Kyra Mladeck, Governor - Neithardt Riedel, Russel Davis – Matthias Schlool Graham Parker – Christoph von Friedl, Jane Mulligan – Claudia Rieschel, Caroline Richards – Rosa Lenz, Jenny – Caroline Erikson, Virginia Becker - Marijam Agischewa, Carroll – Alissa Jung, Kevin Spikes – Oliver Breite, Rob – Dieter Montag, Walter – Guntbert Warns, Stanley ‘Stan’ Laken - Peer Jäger, Clive Bartlets - Thomas Anzenhofer, Tommy Blake – Brett McNevn, Anna-Marial - Lisa Karlström, Fredric Ross – Sebastian Deyle, Father of Sarah and Ben - Oliver Törner, Betty – Gerlinde Locker, Caroline - Sylvia Leifheit, maid – Nicole Zylstra, Bruce Franklin – Eric Langner, hotel owner -Thomas Rudnick, Cris Nannarone, Susannah Carter – Erika Walter, Ernest Miller – Peter Bongartz, Ben Harper – Thomas Douglas, country fair goer – Adam Bergquist, Abby – Jeanne Tremsal, chef Trudi - Irmgard Jedamzik, ticket clerk – Michael Hamper, Anwalt – Gerry Hennessey, Violet Bottoms – Anna Clarin, Elizabeth – Airyn Street, Madeleine – Julia Maxwell, Nora – Grit Boettcher, Cooper – Cliff Liknes, Becky Johnson – Lauren Calvert, sawmill foreman – Mitchell Verigin, nurse – Michelle Hang, foreman Bob – Patrick J. MacEachern, iron monger – Gerald Matthews, Lee – John Hoogstraten, Eve Spikes – Bryn Robertson, customer – Emile Bertrand, Lucy Arnett – Julia Meier, builder – Matthew Overall, Native American woman - Ruby Englechilds, Big Daddy’s maid – Shaima Hand, Jimmy – Clayton Smith, mother of Jake – Kayla Popp, with Nick Stanwood

The focus is on women who ventured into new territory in the pioneering era of the 19th century and built a new life with hard work and had to fight for survival. It shows women who practice practical professions (doctor, midwife, seamstress), but also women with artistic professions (writer, photographer). On several occasions, the young lovers have been contrasted with a love affair in their parents' generation. Some characters, such as the village priest Lucas, the grocer's wife Doris, the officer and Major Calhoun, or the old Indian Nakota, appear in two films in the television series.

[Episode list 1) What the Heart Commands, 2) Renunciation Out of Love, 3) To the Ends of the Earth, 4) Heart in the Wind, 5) Triumph of Love, 6) In the Heart of Truth, 7) Legacy of Love, 8) Ride to Happiness, 9) River of Love, 10) Peak of Love, 11) Examination of the Heart, 12) Torn Hearts, 13) The Power of Love]

The TV series was shot at Calgary's CL Western Ranch in Alberta, Canada.

[submitted by Michael Ferguson]

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Face to Face”

We continue our search for locations for “Face to Face”. As the men go through the mail looking for money Brad finds one with over $1000 and a letter from the old couple who are sending the money from the sale of the ranch to their son. Beau tells him to stop reading the letter as it begins to hit his conscience. Beau tells Brad he can leave if he doesn’t like their line of work. Brad says he can’t, he’s burned his bridges. Brad’s chosen the life of an outlaw.

This scene was shot Puerto de Navacerrada, Navacerrada, Madrid, 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

Special Birthdays

Anton Reimer [voice actor] would have been 120 today but died in 1970.

Josef Mach (director) would have been 115 today but died in 1987.

Bernard Bresslaw (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 1993.

Roland Knappe [voice actor] is 80 today.

Léonie Thelen (actress) is 65 today.