Friday, April 19, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Bredow

[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.]

Bredow was a silent film actor/actress. The IMDb lists only one film credit and that was a silent French western film called “Cent dollars mort ou vif” (One Hundred Dollars, Dead or Alive) released in 1911-1912 with no character reference given.

The book French Westerns: On the Frontier of Film Genre and French Cinema has no mention of the name or the film.

Shown above is the entire cast of the film so most likely he or she is somewhere in this picture.

BREDOW – film actor.

Cent dollars mort ou vif – 1911-1912

New German Blu-ray, DVD release of “...und Santana tötet sie alle”


“...und Santana tötet sie alle”

(Santana Kills Them All)



Director: Rafael Romero Marchant

Starring: Gianni Garko, Guglielmo Spoletini. Maria Silva


Country: Germany

Label: M-Square Classics

Limited Mediabook (500 copies) Bluray and DVD

Resolution 1080p new HD transfer

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Languages: IDTS-HD MA 2.0 mono Italian, German

Subtitles: new German subtitles

Running time: 91 minutes

Extras: trailer; 16-page booklet with text by Stefan Jung, gallery; original German theatrical cut (BluRay disc only);

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CZ99ZM1S

Available: April 19, 2024

Special Birthdays

Arthur Goullet (actor) would have been 130 today but died in 1978.

Guido Celano (director) would have been 120 today but died in 1988.

Archie Savage (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 2003.

Gloria Marin (actress) would have been 105 today but died in 1983.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Sabine Bredemeyer

[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.]


Sabine Bredemeyer was a German child actress born most likely in 1964. She appeared in only one film, as still a baby, in “Der Ölprinz” (Rampage at Apache Wells – 1965 (baby on raft). What happened is unknown.

There is a woman by the same name that graduated from the University of Heidelberg (Linguistics/ Philology/Law) and founder of the international network “Sabine Bredemeyer & Friends” (2004), who lives near Osnabrück and has been an independent consultant for Holistic Organizational Development, coach, trainer and facilitator since 1987. Since 2020 she recieved a teaching assignment at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück on the topic of “Leadership and Team Development”, in which I teach the basics of the Genuine Contact program.

Whether this is our actress is unknown. I found several other women with the same name but no dates of birth were given so it’s anyone’s guess what she’s doing today.

BREDEMEYER, Sabine [1964, Germany -    ] – child actress.

Rampage at Apache Wells – 1965 (baby on raft)

Voices of the Spaghetti Western – “Go With God Gringo”

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 “Go With God Gringo”

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

Gringo – Glenn Saxson (S) Rogelio Hernández

Carmen – Lucretia Love (S) Rosa Guiñón

Bill – Aldo Berti (S) José Luis San Salvador

Mexico - Pedro Sanchez (S) José Maria Angelat

Don Pedro – Livio Lorenzon (S) José Maria Santos

Smith – Pasquale Simeoli (S) César Ojinaga

Raymond – Vincenzo Musolino (S) Arsenio Corsellas

José Luis San Salvador  (1933 – 2006)

José Luis Martínez Sansalvador was born in Barcelon, Spain on February 20, 1933. He was better known as José Luis Sansalvador, a Spanish actor, director and dubbing adjuster. He was considered one of the most active and versatile voices from the late 1950s to the mid-1990s.

He specialized in dubbing "tough guys" such as Gene Hackman, Robert Mitchum (this was the actor with whom he most identified), Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson and George Kennedy, among others such as Henry Fonda, Charlton Heston, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Sean Connery, Richard Harris, Rod Taylor, Peter Cushing, Joseph Cotten, Tom Selleck, Walter Matthau, Gregory Peck, Werner Klemperer, Christopher Plummer, Martin Balsam, George C. Scott, Rod Steiger, Donald Sutherland and Jack Palance.

He was married to fellow actress Gloria Roig, with whom he had 4 children: Alex, César, Gloria and Xavier, Sansalvador died as a result of a heart attack on March 11, 2006, at the age of 73.

Special Birthdays

Richard Watson (actor) is 100 today.

Guglielmo Spoletini (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 2005.

Lorenza Guerrieri (actress) is 80 today.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Pepita Bravo

[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.]

Pepita Bravo is/was either a Spanish or Mexican film actress and songwriter. Bravo appeared in only three films from 1954-1956. Two of those films were westerns: “El coyote” (The Coyote) in 1954 and “La justicia del Coyote” (The Judgment of the Coyote) in 1954 but released in 1955. She was commonly known by her nickname Pepa Bravo.

Other than that, I can only find that she wrote the lyrics to a song called “La Porteñita” which was classified as a Ranchera song and sung by Trio Los Nativos which was recorded in 1929.

BRAVO, Pepita (aka Pepa Bravo) – film, actress, composer.

The Coyote – 1954

The Judgment of the Coyote – 1954

Clint Eastwood Settles Debate On The True Color Of His Iconic Poncho

Global News 24 Hours

By Kaylin

April 16, 2024

Clint Eastwood has revealed what color his famous poncho in the Dollars Trilogy was – after almost 50 years of film fanatics guessing.

The veteran actor, who starred in all three films in Sergio Leone’s famous Spaghetti Western films, responded to a question from a user on X, formally known as Twitter, about the final movie in the franchise: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

‘Dear “Blondie”,’ the question began from user @Mike_1er. ‘Fundamental question: What is the REAL COLOR of your [poncho] in the Good, Bad, Ugly?’

‘Sometimes Brown sometimes Olive Green on the screens,’ the user continued, urging Eastwood to reply and ‘remove one of my 100 existential questions from my life list.’

Eastwood replied to the pressing question, posting his reply online writing: ‘Hello, I only had one Poncho, and it was reversible, with Olive green on one side and brown on the other.

‘Thank You!’ he concluded the sought-out answer.

The 93-year-old actor from struggling B list actor to bankable star after playing the unnamed nomadic cowboy in Italian filmmakers hit films.

He wore the iconic piece in A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Having the actor who wore it himself respond didn’t stop fans from sharing their own theories about the multicolored poncho.

‘I had a shirt like this. In the store it was an olive drab color. In the sunlight it was medium brown,’ one user shared online.

‘I got so upset that I had bought the wrong shirt that I went back and bought another one – and the same thing happened,’ they added.

‘Good the Bad and the Ugly is on the Right Olive Green / The other photo is from a Man With N0 Name … Used the brown one in several other films,’ another person wrote.

Some thought the color switching could be due to the cameras used when the film was made.

‘It’s brown, the coloring is off in the close-up. His shirt, skin and the dry patches of grass in the background have a bluish green tinge to them compared to the more vibrant picture on the left,’ a film fan commented.

In the first of Sergio Leone’s famous trilogy – Man With No Name – Eastwood’s character who is often called ‘Blondie’ finds the poncho inside a small destroyed chapel next to Sad Hill cemetery and goes on to wear it for the duration of all three films.

The legendary actor and director, now 93-years of age, admits he still owns the iconic poncho worn by the 1966 movie.

Eastwood spoke to Alison Hammond on This Morning in 2020, revealing: ‘I still have that, yeah… it’s sitting in a glass case. Never been washed.’

The filmmaker was spotted attending a speaking event hosted by renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall in his adoptive hometown of Carmel-by-the-Sea late last month.

At 93 years old, the film icon – dressed in blue checkered flannel shirt, gray slacks, and sneakers – appeared advanced in age but still in high spirits, footage obtained by shows.

Eastwood, who turns 94 next month, has seen a successful storied career in film – and even a two-year stint as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea – over a span of seven decades.

Despite his advanced years, Eastwood remains active on set and is currently directing and producing upcoming film, Juror No. 2, starring Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette.

The thriller began shooting in June 2023 and is expected to be Eastwood’s last.

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Hubert Deschamps


Hubert Dechamps was a French actor born in Pais on September 13. 1923. He was the son of the museum curator Paul Deschamps [1888–1974] and uncle of the French stage director Jérôme Deschamps [1947- ]. Hubert was a writer, film and TV actor.

Deschamps discovered his passion for acting at a young age and embraced it wholeheartedly. His breakthrough came in the 1950s when he started performing at the renowned French music hall, Le Caveau de la Bolée. His exceptional talent for comedy caught the attention of audiences and critics alike, propelling him into the limelight. Deschamps became known for his impeccable timing and ability to effortlessly blend slapstick humor with wit and charm. His versatile performances led him to work with prominent directors such as Jean Cocteau and François Truffaut. Deschamps also gained widespread acclaim for his appearances on various television shows, where he showcased his comedic prowess and unique style. Throughout his career, Hubert Deschamps cemented his place as one of France's most beloved comedic actors, leaving a lasting legacy in the world of entertainment.

His career began in 1950 with an appearance in the film “Quay of Grenelle” directed by Emil E, Reinert and ended after 230+ appearances in films and TV with a role in the TV series ‘Myster Mocky présente’ in the role of Sostene.

Infrequently he would appear in the theater.

Hubert appeared in two Euro-westerns as the mayor in 1956’s “Fernand Cowboy” starring Fernand Raynaud and in the TV musical film “L'homme qui venait du Cher” (The Man from Cher).

Deschamps died from a heart attack in Paris on December 29, 1998, at the age of 75.

DESCHAMPS, Hubert [9/13/1923, Paris, Île-de-France, France – 12/29/1998, Paris, Île-de-France, France (heart attack)] – writer, film, TV actor, son of museum curator Paul Deschamps [1888-1974], uncle of director Jérôme Deschamps [1947-    ].

Fernand Cowboy – 1956 (mayor)

The Man Who Came from Cher (TV) – 1969 (doctor)

Special Birthdays

Bob Cunningham (actor) would have been 105 today but died in 2002.

Michael Forest (actor) is 95 today.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Brandy

[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.]

Brandy was the stage name of Ildebrando José Rodríguez Rossetti. He was born in 1944 and worked in a French circus as an acrobat and specialized being shot from a cannon. He toured North American with the circus in the mid-1960s and then moved to Spain where he made his screen debut in “Circus World” (1964) with John Wayne, Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale. He would go on to appear in some sixty plus co-productions.

In Spain he met Samuel Bronston's chief specialist, who would later invite him to the filming of "Cromwell" (1970) due to the difficulty of continuing his sporting career in Spain. His mastery of the trampoline, minitramp and fencing earned him many successes, but he did not get off to a good start. "They had prepared a 30-metre-wide pit filled with boxes and explosives," he recalls. It was "covered by a tarpaulin to fool the horses." But his horse halted, and Brandy jumped into the air, hitting his neck. "When they said, 'Cut!' I just felt tingling. But I got up," he recalls. He was 29 years old and didn't want to lose his job. There were no impossible sequences for him, as he demonstrated when he made a fall to a net from 24 meters high (79 feet).

Brandy doubled Alain Delon in “Zorro”, Michael York in the Musketeer films by Richard Lester. Also, Terence Hill in “March or Die” and Herbert Lom in “Murders in the Rue Morgue”. Many other uncredited roles as a stuntman as a member of the José Luis Chinchilla stunt team.

He became a voice actor and dubber in Seville and dubbed numerous Hollywood stars and became involved in well-known Spanish Horror films, even dubbing Paul Naschy in “The Curse of the Beast”. Gordon Hessler's “Murders in the Rue Morgue” was the film with the greatest prominence for his career, and in Spain he worked under the orders of filmmakers such as Eugenio Martín and Jesús Franco.

He was awarded the Mystic Award at the The Algeciras Fantástika fantasy and horror film festival in November of 2016.

BRANDY (aka Brandy Rodríguez, Brandy Rodríguez Magano, Hildebrando Rodríguez) (Ildebrando José Rodríguez Rossetti) [1944, Spain -     ] – stuntman, film actor, voice dubber, married to Lola Magano father of three children.

Man in the Wilderness – 1971 [stunts]

Zorro – 1975 [stunts] [doubled Alain Delon]

Massacre at Fort Holman – 1972 [stunts]


A new Spanish Blu-ray release of “Salario para matar”


“Salario para matar”

(The Mercenary)



Director: Sergio Corbucci

Starring: Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Jack Palance, Giovanna Ralli


Country: Spain

Label: Divisa

Region: B

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Languages: mono Spanish, Italian

Running time: 100 minutes

Extras: Trailer


Released: April 11, 2024

Colmenar Viejo, 60 years of 'Outlaws'

 The film that inaugurated the western town, the scene of great filming

With directors such as Sergio Leone, Enzo G. Castellari and Wim Wenders


April 8, 2024

['Fuera de la ley' (Billy the Kid), was first film shot in the town of Colmenar Viejo.]

It is 60 years since the inauguration of the set of the western town created in Colmenar Viejo which served as a stage for multiple productions.

'Billy the Kid' was the first film to be shot using the Colmenar set. From Colmenar Viejo Tierra de Cine they remember that this initial film starring Jack Taylor, Juny Brunell and George Martin, and directed by Leon Klimovsky that the film premiered the 'town’s western set' with a stable character. In July 1964 it premiered at the Cine Avenida de la Gran Vía.

The Dehesa de Navalvillar de Colmenar Viejo was the landscape of the 'far west' used for the filming of fifty-six other westerns, and four other films of other genres.

Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gina Lollobrigida, Burt Reynolds, Claudia Cardinale, William Shatner, Franco Nero and Telly Savalas passed through here. “The Legend of Frenchie King”, with the aforementioned Cardinale and Brigitte Bardot as protagonists, is one of the most remembered.

[Clint Eastwood on the set of the Dehesa de Navalvillar in Colmenar Viejo]

Félix Michelena and Augusto Lega were the creators of the town of Colmenar Viejo in the image of the one created in Hoyo de Manzanares in 1958. This was lifted for "The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw," directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Jayne Mansfield and Kenneth More. It was the first western settlement built in Spain and later dismantled.

In the Colmenar of the Dehesa de Navalvillar, Sergio Leone will shoot sequences of 'For a Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'. The town was joined in the vicinity by a Confederate fort and several ranches frequented in the movies.

'Seven from Texas', 'Django', 'The Big Gundown' or 'Custer of the West', the latter starring Robert Shaw, were some of the titles filmed in the different facilities.

It was precisely during the filming of 'For a Few Dollars More' in the town of Lega-Michelena, in May 1965, that Sergio Leone uttered the phrase, "This is the most beautiful western town I've ever seen", as it was built inspired by Old Tucson of ‘Rio Bravo’.

[Juny Brunell and Jack Taylor in the Dehesa de Navalvillar de Colmenar Viejo. 'Billy the Kid']

With only eight buildings at the beginning, it would reach almost forty, when Leone, or Enzo G. Castellari shoots with 'Kill Them and Come Back Alone', or Wim Wenders with 'The Scarlet Letter'.

The village to the west of Lega-Michelena, which was located parallel to the entrance road to the Dehesa de Navalvillar through the Talanquera de Remedios, remained standing until the end of 1973, when it had to be dismantled by government imperative, since the nearby military base had to be expanded.

Special Birthdays

Antonio Vico (actor) would have been 120 today but died in 1972.

Pippo Starnazza (actor) would have been 115 today but died in 1975.

Boris Dvornik (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2008.

Mario Pardo (actor) is 80 today.

Elmar Wepper [voice actor] would have been 80 today but died in 2023.

David Rocha (actor) is 70 today.

Monday, April 15, 2024

RIP Robin Browne


British cinematographer Robin Browne passed away at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on March 28, 2024. He was born Michael Robin Graham Browne in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England on November 24, 1941. , was a cinematographer specializing in aerial photography and special effects. His father was Bernard Browne, a director of photography who worked with Alexander Korda at Denham studios. A few of the films he worked on were: “Battle of Britain” (1969); “Catch 22” (1970); t”A Bridge Too Far” (1977); “Krull” (1983); “A Passage to India” (1984); “The Jewel of the Nile” (1985); “King Kong Lives” (1986); “Gorillas in the Mist” (1988). Browne worked as a model unit director and cameraman on the 1986 Euro-western “Sky Bandits”.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Walter Brandt

[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.]

Walter Brandt was a German silent film actor. He was born in Dresden on July 28,1889 and died in East Berlin on April 28, 1954. He appeared in only 9 films from 1922 until 1954. Most likely a stage actor to have continued that long a time appearing in stage plays while making an occasional film appearance.  

BRANDT, Walter [7/28/1889, Dresden, Saxony, Germany – 4/28/1954, East Berlin, Berlin, East Germany] – film actor.

Das Brandmal des Mestizen – 1922 (Ralph Shakesstown)

Two New Spanish DVD release of “Pistoleros de Arizona”, “Uno Después de Otro”


“Pistoleros de Arizona”

($5,000 on One Ace)



Director: Alfonso Balcázar

Starring: Robert Woods, Fernando Sancho


Country: Spain

Label: Impulso / Mercury

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish

Running time: 95 minutes


Available: April 15, 2024

“Uno Después de Otro”

(One After Another)



Director: Nick Nostro

Starring: Richard Harrison, Pamela Tudor


Country: Spain

Label: Impulso / Mercury

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish

Running time: 99 minutes


Available: April 15, 2024

Spaghetti Western Locations Then & Now “Duck You Sucker”

1971 location for “Duck You Sucker with James Coburn looking for a machine gun location at the bridge site.

The same location as seen in 2024. The hut was constructed to protect the camera man from debris that might be blown up and land on the hillside above. The location is located behind Oasys/Mini Hollywood in the hills of Sierra Alhamilla, Tabernas, Almeria, Spain.

European Western Comic Books - Le Avventure di Laredo Crockett


The Adventures of Laredo Crockett

This comic book series first presents the adventures of Laredo Crockett by Bob Schoenke, replaced by #7 from those of Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts, smuggled for those of Laredo. Casey Ruggles had already appeared in Italy under the name Red Carson, in the series published by Edizioni Audace (1950).

The comic book series was published in 1953 with issue #1 released on July 30, 1953, and it ended on June 30, 1964. It was published by RDV (La Rosa dei Venti) in Milan, Italy under the direction of A. Vannini. Each issue had 96 black and white pages with color covers.



01 (30.07.53) - ?

02 (31.08.53) - "Na-Pa-Lin" (Na-Pa-Lin)

03 (30.09.53) - "I Mescaleros" (The Mescaleros)

04 (00.10.53) - ?

05 (30.11.53) - ?

06 (16.12.53) - ?

07 (15.01.54) - ?

08 (15.03.54) - ?

09 (15.04.54) - ?

10 (30.05.54) - ?

11 (30.06.54) - ?

Special Birthdays

Eman Fiala (actor) would have been 125 today but died in 1970.

Mariano Laurenti (director) would have been 95 today but died in 2022.

Martine Azenko (actor) is 70 today.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

From the WAI! vault


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Tony Brandt

[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.]

He was born Antonio Brandt on June 13, 1930, in Rome, Italy and is often credited with co-director status on Monte Hellman’s 1978 “China 9, Liberty 37” this was only done for co-production reasons and his name was listed for tax purposes only and was never involved as director but did appear in the film as an actor. Tony appeared as an actor and assistant director in several other European westerns such as “The Arizona Kid” (1971), “Duck You Sucker” (1971), “Massacre at Fort Holman” (1972) and “China 9, Liberty 37 (1978).

He died in Padova, Veneto, Italy on July 25, 2009, at the age of 79.

BRANDT, Tony (Antonio Brandt) [6/13/1930, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 7/25/2009, Padova, Veneto, Italy] – director, assistant director, film actor, singer, married to ? father of a son.

The Arizona Kid – 1970

Duck You Sucker – 1971 [assistant director]

Massacre at Fort Holman – 1972 [assistant director]

China 9, Liberty 37 – 1978 (Jefferson) [assistant director]


[Photo courtesy of Michael Ferguson]

New book release Spanish Cult Cinema, Volume 2: 1965-69


Spanish Cult Cinema, Volume 2: 1965-69

Author: Matt Blake


Country: England

Publisher: Self published

Language: English

Pages: 407

Three versions: Black & White, Color, color Kindle


ISBN-13: ‏979-8882160424

Available: April 1, 2024

In this, the second volume of Spanish Cult Cinema, we take a voyage back to the second half of the 1960s, a period when Spanish cinema was developing in tandem with wider social changes occurring in the country. It was a time when there was still an onus on filmmakers to strike a conservative, consensual tone, when taking too confrontational an approach ran the risk of having your work seized or heavily censored by the authorities. But at the same time there was an increasing awareness that the foreign markets offered a massive opportunity to find new audiences... if you were to make the right kinds of films. So, on the one hand, you had directors like Carlos Saura, Francisco Rovira Beleta, and Luis García Berlanga, whose challenging, dramatic work continued to gain appreciation on the international festival circuit. On the other, a burgeoning interest in genre films, especially those which could be sold abroad, such as westerns and spy films.

This was a period marked by the output of filmmakers whose work has been little examined in English language surveys of European cinema. People like Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi, Julio Buchs, Eugenio Martín, José María Forqué and Rafael Romero Marchent, who often took their cues from international box office successes but had their own novel approach and qualities. For every The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, there was a The Ugly Ones or A Bullet for Sandoval. For every Goldfinger, a They Came to Rob Las Vegas. Unexpected genres appeared and disappeared - war films, prohibition era gangster movies - or started becoming established prior to flourishing in the following decade (horror films, as epitomized by the work of Paul Naschy).

Including over 150 detailed and illustrated reviews as well as historical and topical overviews, Spanish Cult Cinema, Volume 2 continues examining a previously unexplored area of cinema history, making it an essential purchase for both afficionados of cult films and those with an interest in the subject of Spanish cinema.

Who Are Those Singers & Musicians? ~ John Littleton


John Littleton was born on June 20, 1922, in Tallulah, Louisiana the son of Reverend John L. Littleton, Sr. and Bertha Littleton. He attended elementary and high school in the public schools of Madison Parish. His musical ability was discovered by the late Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson (Mrs. T) of Tallulah - an accomplished musician in her own right -- who tutored him as a young boy. 

After graduation from high school, John enlisted in the army and served in World War II. When the War was over, he stayed in France and studied at the Paris Conservatory of Music where he became a well-known concert artist. He specialized in traditional southern spirituals, blues, blue grass as well as the classics. In 1956 he won first place singing opera at the Paris Conservatory and was the first Negro to do so. Later John received worldwide acclaim as a musician.

He cut altogether 75 records, and received many prizes and honors, including the Prix Mahalia Jackson and France's greatest recording distinction, Le Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros. His spiritual message can be felt in all his work. Among his many distinctions was that of Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur.

John Littleton died on August 24, 1998, in Reims, France and was buried in Paris on September 1, 1998.

LITTLETON, John (John Louis Littleton Jr.) [6/20/1922, Tallulah, Louisiana, U.S.A. – 8/24/1998, Reims, Marne, France] – songwriter, singer, musician (guitar), married to Jeanine Estelle Anna Diblik [1927-2022] (1957-1998) father of composer, lyricist Doris Littleton, Patrick Littleton.

Billy the Kid – 1963 [Sings: “Ride Along”, Spiritual”]

Tomb of the Pistolero - 1964 [Sings "My Pistolero"]

Special Birthdays

Adriano Bolzoni (writer) would have been 105 today but died in 2005.

Wendy Deborah D’Olive (actress) is 70 today.

Sybil (Sibyl Amarilli Mostert) [singer] is 70 today.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Podcast Season 7, Episode #9, #130


Please join me at noon PST today for the last episode of Season 7 of “The Spaghetti Westerns Podcast”. I’ll be covering “The Sheriff Won’t Shoot” starring Mickey Hargitay, in our on-going “History of the Spaghetti Western” segment. Then I’ll tell you “Whatever Became of… Geoffrey Lewisl. Followed by Neil Summers in “Who Are Those Guys? The Film of the Week is “My Name is Nobody” starring Henry Fonda and Terence Hill. The LP/CD of the week will be “My Name is Nobody” and the singing group I Cantori Moderni. I’ll have an autograph of the week, a poster and book of the week. We’ll finish things up with The Bi-Weekly News. So, I’ll see you around High Noon on You Tube and Facebook.

From the WAI! vault.


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Cory Brandon

[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.]

Cory Brandon, sometimes billed as Coret Brandon and Correy Brando was a supporting actor who appeared in only 7 films from 1972 to 1978. His nationality is unknown, and nothing is known about him.

His only Euro-western was as Manuel in 1972’s “The Erotic Adventures of Zorro”.

BRANDON, Cory (aka Corey Brandon, Correy Brandon) – film actor.

The Erotic Adventures of Zorro – 1972 (Manuel)

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Face to Face”

We continue our search for locations for “Face to Face”. Next we sea Brad practicing his shooting but doesn’t seem to notice Maria and Cattle Annie swimming in a pond directly in front of where he’s been aiming. The girls climb out of the water and dress as Brad watches. When one of the girls, Maria, sees Brad staring she quickly runs away but Fletcher follows. He catches her and slaps her face multiple times apparently enjoying his newly found courage and power.

This scene was filmed in Hoyo de Manzanares, Spain near where the town of “Golden City” which was used in “Fistful of Dollars” was filmed.

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