Tuesday, February 13, 2024

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Court Martial”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “Corte marzials” (Court Martial). It was directed by Roberto Mauri using the alias Robert Johnson and starring Vassili Karis, and Craig Hill. It tells the story of army Lieutenant Clint Warren (Vassili Karis) is sent on a secret mission and his contact is shot and killed he is charged with the crime and court martialed. He learns he was set up by his commanding officer Captain Simpson (Craig Hill) and escapes to prove his innocence.


The film was actually a patchwork of a couple of films “...e lo chiamarono Spirito Santo” and, “Bada alla tua pelle Spirito Santo!” along with the addition of some knew footage in order to piece the films together. The film was given a limited Italian release.


Corte marziale – Italian title

A corte dos assassinos – Brazilian title

L’homme a la Winchester d’or – French title

Skotoste ton drapeti – Greek title

O Preço da Vingança – Portuguese title

Court Martial – English title


A 1973 Italian film production [Vita Film (Rome)]

Producer: Francesco Vitoli

Director: Robert Johnson (Roberto Mauri)

Story: Roberto Mauri

Screenplay: Roberto Mauri

Cinematography: Luigi Ciccarese [Telecolor]

Music: Marcello Gigante

Running time: 92 minutes



Lieutenant Clint Warren - Vassili Karis (Vassili Karamesinis)

Colonel Stratford - Tom Felleghy (Tamás Fellegi)

Captain Simpson - Craig Hill (Craig Fowler)

Sergeant Ballinger - Salvatore Billa

Smith brother - Mauro Mannatrizio

Jane - Margaret Rose Keil (Margareth Keil)

Judge - Edmondo Tieghi

Farmer - Fortunato Arena

Working camp warden – Vittorio Fanfoni

Convicts - Salvatore Baccaro, Elio Angelucci (Aurelio Angelucci)

Clint’s uncle - Hunt Powers (Jack Betts)

Federal agent - José Torres (José Medina),

Defense council - Cesare di Vito

Smith henchmen – Omero Capanna, Gilberto Galimberti

Clint’s friend at mine – Emilio Zago

Helen - Lilian Tyler

Tommy - Gaddo Gelli

Prison guard with whip – Ivan Greeve

With: Lorenzo Piani, Ada Pometti

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