Saturday, July 20, 2024

From the WAI! vault


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Renzo Caetani

[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.]

Renzo Caetani was an Italian actor. I can find only one film that he was credited in and that was for the Euro-western “Buffalo Bill a Roma” (Buffalo Bill in Rome) in 1949.

CAETANI, Renzo [Italian] – film actor.

Buffalo Bill in Rome – 1949


By Bluntwolf

July 19, 2024

It is four men who brutally murdered Django's brother a long time ago. Four men who are ambushed by the ice-cold, inhuman avenger, whose weaknesses he exploits in a heated game of cat and mouse to send them to the afterlife. Diaz, who leads a reclusive life as a rancher – Montero, a gambler who rules a small town with an iron fist – O'Hara, a white albino from trousers to hair, and Brother Baldwin, a religious fanatic who tortures the rural population in the garb of a priest. None of them stand a chance against Django! (Explosive Media)

Django is Mario Lanfranchi's only Italo Western, as he has made a name for himself with the direction of operas and his work for sophisticated television. According to LanfranchiTomas Milian describes the film as one of the highlights of his career, but Milian stated in an interview with Nocturno magazine that his performance was the only highlight of the film, which is definitely due to Lanfranchi's statement and possibly represent a devaluation of the finished product. With an avenger who is after the four men who killed his brother, Django – Merciless as the Sun reels off one of the most ordinary of all Italo-Western plots. What clearly distinguishes the film from others of its kind, however, is its structure (with four separate acts), which makes it come across as a stage play or an anthology film. American actor Robin Clarke plays our avenger Cash (Django), whose brother was murdered while he was unable to prevent it due to his drunkenness.

In the first act, Cash pursues a rancher named Diaz (Richard Conte) through a desert landscape. Diaz has two pistols at his disposal, but no water, although Cash has water with him, but no weapon, which is why he holds back at first and provokes the dehydrating Diaz with his water supply and finally outplays him. This first act has two flashbacks, one per character: Cash's flashback shows how his brother was practically executed, while Diaz's tells how Cash arrives at his ranch and shoots all his men. Afterwards, the audience is thrown back to the present, where Cash builds a false well out of desert rock at night, which will eventually become Diaz's grave. This first episode represents a wonderful piece of work that proves to be very well told, neatly constructed and very densely laid out, thus representing the best part of the film. Richard Conte actually embodies a quite sympathetic villain who has probably worked hard after his crimes and led an honest life, so that the audience almost feels sorry for him when he is finally sent across the Tiber.

The villain of the second act, Montero (Enrico Maria Salerno), on the other hand, can be described as a contemptible person, because the professional card player likes to rob his opponents and enjoys being able to humiliate them. Cash uses the man's obsession to his advantage to engage him in a card game where it's literally all or nothing, namely life or death. This second part of the film is not as lively as the first episode, but Salerno embodies the compulsive gambler almost perfectly, while Lanfranchi came up with some remarkable camera angles and movements to keep the viewers interested. He also offers us a rather astonishing jump-cut of the bloodied corpse of a murdered young woman (Eleonora Brown, listed as Eleonor Brown) who had warned Cash about Mendoza's tricks. The director uses the technique of the jump cut more often and not always effectively, but in this scene the whole thing works wonderfully.

There is also nothing wrong with the third act – which is about the pious enforcer Brother Baldwin (Adolfo Celi), who terrorizes the surroundings with his private militia in the name of God – but it differs significantly from the other three, in which Cash exploits the weaknesses of his respective opponents to bring them down. Here he only manages to survive by cutting out the bullet that Brother Baldwin shot him in the leg and loading his empty revolver with it. In addition, the allegorical imagery and the Gothic atmosphere mark a clear change in tone and style. Adolfo Celi represents a Mussolini-like, grotesquely religious maniac, whose black-clad militia most likely alludes to Mussolini's Blackshirts (as do the black-clad homosexual cowboys from Kill, Django, 1967). This divergent, but visually quite convincing episode should work better if you look at it independently of the rest of the film. Perhaps this third act could even have been turned into a stand-alone, feature-length film...

In the fourth act, Tomas Milian plays a character who seems to be the opposite of Brother Baldwin, because it is the albino O'Hara, dressed completely in white, who is not interested in God at all, but only in the vile mammon, money and gold. In fact, he is so obsessed with gold that he can only fall in love with blonde women and freaks out when he spies her Goldilocks even from afar. This last episode is somehow difficult to enjoy. Milian's albino, who is plagued by epileptic seizures, has become too much of a caricature and to make matters worse, the actor also delivers the most exaggerated and outrageous performance of his career. His hydrogen blonde hair and his small nickel sunglasses are reminiscent of the German pop singer Heino, which is not exactly advantageous either. However, there are also people who are more positive about Tomas Milian's appearance in this film.

Django – Merciless as the Sun ultimately proves to be a rather interesting Italo Western, which was excellently filmed by Toni Secchi and can come up with a wonderful costume design as well as some surprising theatrical lighting effects. However, the flick is also quite long-winded at times, whereby the narrative structure of four separate acts doesn't always work to its advantage. In addition, Lanfranchi misses some opportunities regarding the character of the avenger: In the first episode, Diaz comes across with the surprising information that Cash's brother was not an innocent victim but was involved in a bank robbery and was then shot for trying to cheat on his four partners. This could have been the starting point for an exploration of both the revenge theme and Cash's character, but this point is never mentioned again in the further course of the film. Gianni Ferrios Music is very unusually jazzy, atmospheric, with a title song (The Last Game sung by Nevil Cameron), which is also out of the ordinary, but knows how to please.

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Face to Face”

We continue our search for locations for “Face to Face”. As Charlie Siringo prepares to leave town a deputy hurries across the street to see the sheriff to report Beauregard Bennett has broken out of jail. Siringo tells the man not to bother the sheriff he will handle the situation his way.

This scene was filmed at the Elios town set in Rome, Italy.

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

Tor Isedal (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 1990.

Wilfredo Casado (actor) is 85 today.

Friday, July 19, 2024

Spaghetti Western Trivia – Richard Boone and “God’s Gun”


In May 1976, Richard Boone who was in Israel told interviewer Cleveland Amory: "I'm starring in the worst picture ever made. The producer is an Israeli and the director is Italian, and they don't speak English. Fortunately, it doesn't matter, because the director is deaf in both ears." This is referred to in the biography Richard Boone: A Knight without Armor in a Savage Land (2000) by David Rothel.

Boone already had health problems, and after a drunken argument walked off the set, and left the location before he had recorded all his dialogue, so his voice was dubbed.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Mégé Cadet

[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.]

Mégé Cadet was a French silent film actor who appeared in only one film that I know of and that was in the Euro-western “Pendaison à Jefferson City” (Hanging at Jefferson City) 1911.

I can find no biographical information about this person.

CADET, Mégé [French] – film actor.

Hanging at Jefferson City – 1911

Manuel Olaya concludes the filming of the short film 'Agnella' at the MiniHollywood

The actors Quique Durio and Pedro López have been joined by the Alicante actress Selena Hurtado de Mendoza and the actor Álex Navarro

Diario del Almeria

By Diego Martínez

June 28, 2024

 [Part of the short film team preparing one of the scenes.]

A few days ago, the short film Agnella was finished shooting at the MiniHollywood Oasys film set in the Tabernas desert in Almeria. It is now in the post-production phase, in the hands of Gilberto Vilaplana, editor and director of photography of the short film, giving it the final brushstrokes before being able to pass it on to the composer David Miralles, who will be in charge of working on the sound and soundtrack.

Miralles is the composer recently awarded for “Two Bullets for the Devil”, at the I Blanes Film Festival on the Costa Brava (Girona), an award that David himself collected, from the hand of the actress Ruth Gabriel.

 [Selena Hurtado de Mendoza, protagonist of the short film.]

The short film will have a duration of 20 minutes, to be presented at festivals around the world and a duration of almost 30 minutes, which will be the director's version or editing. For this short film, an old Victorian-style hotel room has been built from scratch.

The story is set in North America at the end of the nineteenth century (1880), using several locations within the same film set such as interiors in the General Store, Railroad Station, Yellow Rose Room, or a house set in a period setting.

[Cristina Gómez has also participated in this filming.]

The actors Quique Durio and Pedro López were joined by the Alicante actress Selena Hurtado de Mendoza and the well-known actor Álex Navarro, who became known in the series ‘Águila Roja’. Highlight the presence of the great actress Terry Bordiu and the collaboration of the artist Cristina Gómez. As for the costumes, costumes from Leonardo Armory and several private collectors have been used.

[Manuel Olaya, director of the short film.]

For the poster, based on the photographs of the photographer Andy Arche, the Almansa painter Paulino Ruano, will be in charge of shaping it. By next July, it is expected to have the short film already edited to be able to present it at festivals, we will try to make a screening in Almansa and another in Almeria, if there is a theater that wanted to collaborate pay to screen the preview of it, including if necessary an exhibition with different pieces of props made exclusively for the short film as well as costumes.

We would like to thank the Almeria production company, Un nuevo renacer Producciones to the film set Minihollywood Oasys Studios and to all those who have contributed in one way or another to make this short film.

Agnella – International title


A 2024 Spanish film production [Lamento Films, Kinedric, Un nuevo Renacer Producciones (Almeria)]

Producer: Manuel Olaya (Manuel Muñoz)

Director: Manuel Olaya (Manuel Muñoz)

Story: Manuel Olaya (Manuel Muñoz)

Screenplay: Manuel Olaya (Manuel Muñoz)

Cinematography: Gilberto Vilaplana

Music: David Miralles

Running time: 20 minutes



O’Sullivan - Quique Durio

Agnella - Selena Hurtado de Mendoza

El Viejo – Pedro Lopez

Jericó Deere - Alex Navarro

Señora Alison - Terry Bordiú

Mike - Guillermo Llorente

Tipo Corpulento Brothel - Antonio Olaya

Madame Kittý - Carol Sievright

Señora del Bebé - María Ángeles Montero

Bebé Brothel - Ulises Ortiz

With: Cristina Gómez

Voices of the Spaghetti Western - “Ringo and His Golden Pistol”

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 “Ringo and His Golden Pistol”

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

Johnny Oro/Johnny Ringo – Mark Damon (I) Adalberto Maria Merli, (S) Rogelio Hernández, (G) Eckart Dux, (F) Bernard Woringer

Sheriff Bill Norton – Ettore Manni (I) Sergio Rossi. (S) Ernesto Aura, (G) Horst Niendorf, (F) William Sabatier)

Margie – Valeria Fabrizi (I) Mirella Pace, (S) María Luisa Solá, (G) Ilse Kiewiet, (F) ?

Juanito Perez - Franco Derosa (I) Franco De Rosa, (S) Manuel Caño, (G) Joachim Pukaß, (F) Marcel Lestan

Jane Norton - Giulia Rubini (I) Luisella Visconti, (S) Rosario Cavallé, (G) ?, (F) Nelly Benedetti)

Stan Norton – Loris Loddi (I) Loris Loddi, (S) ? , (G) ?, (F)

Bernard Woringer  (1931 – 2014)

Bernard Jean-Pierre Woringer was born in Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France on October 4, 1931. A resident of the Comédie-Française from 1958 to 1960, he played Porthos in the 1961 version of “The Three Musketeers” directed by Bernard Borderie, alongside Gérard Barray (D'Artagnan), Georges Descrières (Athos) and Jacques Toja (Aramis), then he was friends with Jeoffrey de Peyrac (Robert Hossein) in “Angélique, marquise des anges”, also directed by B. Borderie. Also in the 1960s, he rubbed shoulders with Maurice Chevalier in Hollywood in a Disney production: “Monkeys, Go Home!”.

On television, he was seen regularly in ‘Au théâtre ce soir’ and in several soap operas, including ‘Anne jour après jour’. His voice could also be heard there, especially on ‘Dallas’: he was the "2nd voice" of Cliff Barnes (after Pierre Arditi).

Woringer died in Puteaux, Ile-de-France, France on May 22, 2014, at the age of 82 from cancer.

Special Birthdays

John Norrman (actor) would have been 130 today but died in 1966.

Luigi Pistili would have been 95 but died in 1996.

Enzo Consoli (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2007.

Rosemary Dexter (actor) would have been 80 today but died in 2010.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Raul Cabrera

[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.]

Raul Cabrera is/was a Spanish supporting and character actor who appeared in a dozen films between 1958 and 1983 and then suddenly vanished. Most likely born in the 1940s he appeared in only one Spaghetti western as Tecumseh the brother of Sunsirahè played by Yara Kewa in 1976’s “Una donna chiamata Apache” (Apache Woman). The film starred Al Cliver.

I can find no other biographical information on Raul who also used the stage name Gary Levine.

CABRERA, Raul (aka Gary Levine) [Spanish] – film actor.

Apache Woman – 1976 (Tecumsah)

Why The Good, The Bad And The Ugly 2 Never Happened

Screen Rant

By Kate Bove

July 7, 2024

Known as the quintessential spaghetti Western, Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly never received a sequel. While it may come as a surprise that The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2 never came to fruition, the 1966 film still has quite an enduring legacy. Starring Clint Eastwood as "the Good", Lee Van Cleef as "the Bad", and Eli Wallach as "the Ugly," The Good, the Bad and the Ugly's filming locations were mostly centered in Spain — a hallmark of a sub-genre helmed by Italian and Spanish filmmakers and production companies.

As the title somewhat suggests, the movie chronicles the efforts of three gunslingers as they search for a cache of Confederate gold. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is packed with Leone's signature techniques, from long shots and close-ups to incredibly tense gun duels. A box office success, the spaghetti Western helped launch Clint Eastwood to a new level of stardom. However, despite its impressive commercial success, staggering star power, and exemplary filmmaking, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly never received a direct sequel.

Although it never came to fruition, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2 had been planned out. Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, who worked on numerous spaghetti Westerns, had penned the original film alongside Age & Scarpelli and Leone. In the wake of the film's success, Vincenzoni wrote a treatment for the sequel. Sergio Leone was approached to produce the film, while Gremlins filmmaker Joe Dante had been tapped to direct the proposed sequel, tentatively titled The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2. With no interest in working on another Western, Leone shot down the project.

Precisely how The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2 fell apart isn't entirely clear. Reportedly, the acclaimed spaghetti Western director didn't want his masterpiece's title or characters to be recycled in a sequel. Vincenzoni had previously cited a long-forming rift between himself and Leone as a key part of the equation. Regardless, without Leone's stamp of approval, the sequel died. According to Vincenzoni, Leone didn't feel "comfortable" sharing the profits from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — and that financial awkwardness created a years-long rift between the two filmmakers (via A Fistful of Leone).

In Marco Giusti's Dizionario del western all'italiana, which delves into some of the spaghetti Western genre's most compelling elements, the author outlines some elements of the canceled movie's plot. Allegedly, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2 would have been set 20 years after the original The Good, the Bad and the Ugly's ending, and it would have followed Tuco (Wallach) as he pursued Blondie's (Eastwood) grandson for the Confederate gold. Evidently, Eastwood expressed his interest in returning for a sequel to the hit film, which may have cast Blondie as its narrator (via Dizionario del western all'italiana).

One of the three movies in the Dollars Trilogy, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is linked to other spaghetti Westerns despite not having a direct sequel. In order to capture movie-goers' interest, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was marketed as the third and final installment in the Dollars Trilogy, which also included A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. A pure marketing gimmick, the connections between Dollars Trilogy movies weren't intended by Leone, so The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2 wouldn't have been a fourth installment in the Dollars Trilogy.

Special Birthdays

Vittorio Metz (writer) would have been 120 today but died in 1984.

Toon van Loon (actor) would have been 115 today but died in 1975.

Susana Estrada (actress) is 75 today.

Evan Stone (actor) is 60 today.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

RIP Giancarlo Guardabassi


Giancarlo Guardabassi, historic voice of radio, first in Rai, then founder of one of the first private Italian radio stations, died in Francavilla d'Ete, Marche, Italy on July 17. He was 87. Born in Foligno, Perugia, Italy on August 21, 1937, Giancarlo’s popularity will remain linked to the Dischi Calde broadcast, but he conducted many other broadcasts for Radio Rai. He wrote and performed "Forza Perugia”, in 1975 and hosted the 1976 edition of the Sanremo Festival. After leaving Rai, he founded one of the first private Italian radio stations, Radio Aut, then Radio Aut Marche. Guardabassi was born in Perugia on August 21, 1937, from a noble family from Perugia, his father was in fact Count Alberto Guardabassi (doctor) and hia mother was Baroness Orietta Danzetta, Giancarlo sang the song “Fuoco nel cielo” (Fire in the Sky) for the 1964 Spaghetti western “Two Mafiamen in the Far West” starring Franco & Ciccio.

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Bruce Cabot

[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.]

Etienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on April 20, 1904. His father was a prominent local lawyer, Major Étienne de Pelissier Bujac Sr. and his mother was Julia Armandine Graves, who died shortly after giving birth to her son. Cabot's father graduated from Cumberland School of Law near Nashville, Tennessee, and served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish–American War and the Philippine–American War before settling in Carlsbad.

Cabot graduated from Sewanee Military Academy in 1921, and briefly attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, but left without graduating

He worked at many jobs, including as a sailor, an insurance salesman, oil worker, surveyor, and prize fighter; he also sold cars, managed real estate, and worked at a slaughterhouse. A meeting with David O. Selznick at a Hollywood party led to his acting career. He claimed that he auditioned by acting out a scene from the play “Chicago”. The audition went "rather awful" in his opinion, but it did lead to him being cast in “The Roadhouse Murder” (1932).

Cabot appeared in nearly 100 feature films. He made his debut in an uncredited bit part in an episode of the serial “Heroes of the Flames” (1931). In “Ann Vickers” (1933), he portrayed a soldier who seduces a naive woman (Irene Dunne), and gets her pregnant before he leaves for the war. He then appeared in King Kong (also 1933), which became an enormous success and established Cabot as a star.

He was one of Errol Flynn's social pack for several years, but they fell out during the production of the unfinished The Story of William Tell in the mid-1950s.

Cabot was married three times, in Florida to Mary Mather Smith [1909-19??] (1926-1930), whom he divorced prior to moving to Hollywood, and to actresses Adrienne Ames [1903-1947] (1933-1937) and Francesca De Scaffa [1930-1994] (1950-1957).

Cabot appeared in many American westerns, several of which starred John Wayne but only one Euro-western as Jack in 1958’s “The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw”.

Bruce Cabot died May 3, 1972, at age 68 in the Motion Picture Country Home at Woodland Hills, California due to lung cancer.

CABOT, Bruce (Etienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac) [4/20/1904, Carlsbad, New Mexico, U.S.A. – 5/3/1972, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (lung, throat cancer)] – film, TV actor, married to Gracy Mary Mather Smith [1909-1985] (1927-19??) father of Jennifer De Bujac [1929-    ], Etienne De Pilisier Bujac, III [19??-1935], married to actress Adrienne Ames (Adrienne Ruth McClure) [1903–1947] (1933-1937), stepfather of Dorothy J. Ames [1923-    ], married to actress Francesca De Scaffa (Francesca Juana Nancy De Scaffa) [1930-1994] (1950-1957) father of Alfonsine Cabot [1952-    ].

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw – 1958 (Jack)

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Umberto Di Grazia


Umberto Di Grazia was born on September 5, 1941, in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and assistant director, known for his appearances in “Barbarella” (1968), “Radhapura - Endstation der Verdammten” (1968) and “Gli ordini sono ordini” (1972). He’s not to be confused with the internationally known medium and psychic of the same name

Umberto has appeared in 30+ film since 1967 and among those were 10 Spaghetti westerns. He’s usually a henchman or gang member.

Di Grazia has also worn the hat of an assistant director in 1972’s “Grazie signore p...” directed by Renato Savino and starring Ida Galli and Hiram Keller. This has been his last activity in the film industry that I am aware of.

Di GRAZIA, Umberto (aka Di Grazia Umberto) [9/5/1941, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy -     ] – director, assistant director, film actor.

Death Sentence – 1967 (O’Hara henchman)

Run, Man, Run - 1967 (José)

Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die! – 1967 (assistant warden)

Find a Place to Die – 1968 (bandit)

Man Who Cried for Revenge – 1968 (Crazy Joe’s henchman)

The Unholy Four – 1969 [as Di Grazia Umberto]

Chapaqua’s Gold – 1970

Hey Amigo, To Your Death – 1970 (Burnett/Barnett henchman)

Fistful of Lead – 1970 (Tarnosky)

Kill Django... Kill First – 1971 (McGregor brother)

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Pilar Caballero

[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.]

Pilar Caballero was a Spanish character and supporting actress appearing in only five films from 1957-1961. Among those five films was one Spaghetti western “Tierra brutal” (Savage Guns) 1961 (Lupe, the wife of Sanchez) where she appears in the opening scene 

I can find no other biographical information on her.

CABALLERO, Pilar [Spanish] – film actress.

Savage Guns – 1961 (Lupe Sanchez)

About Salvatore Baccaro

A "monstrous" character actor, without whom the Italian encore would have been seriously diminished


By Davide Paluci

June 27, 2024

Roccamandolfi, an Italian town of 896 inhabitants in the province of Isernia in Molise. Home to many men dedicated to post-unification brigandage. But the homeland, above all, of Salvatore Baccaro, who was born there on May 6, 1932. His story begins when he moves to the capital, looking for a job. A deformation of the facial massif – technically it was acromegaly (the same pathology that afflicted Richard Keil) – contributed from an early age to make it offensive to the eyes, on the one hand, but on the other hand enveloped him with the charm that always accompanies the "marked" person. To the non-conforming. In the capital he found himself selling flowers at a stall on the Tiburtina, in front of the De Paolis theaters: a sort of pre-established destination, a destined location. It was there, in fact, that one day, as his brother Armando historicizes today, Carmelo Bene began to walk around the kiosk, around Baccaro, like a lion that stakes its prey. He ventured the question if Salvatore had ever made films and if he was interested in doing so. Baccaro answered, in order, no and yes. Within an hour he would have had a contract in his hands, for the role of extra in Salomé. Perhaps things were more complex than how his brother reconstructs: this is said by the frames of the pre-Salomé films in which Baccaro cannot help but be noticed. The Most Beautiful Wife by Damiano Damiani (March 1970), Ma chi t'ha dato la patente? (August 1970), a Franco & Ciccio directed by Nando Cicero, one with a great clinical eye for the Discrepancy. One could investigate how long before the passage in censorship, in August 1972, the actual filming of Salomé dated, and it would be discovered that it was in July 1971, but these would be small matters. One fact is that from 1972, equally divided between westerns and decamerotics, Baccaro's irresistible rise in the Italian encore began.

Where his character (and his somatic character) would lend itself to becoming, among others, that of a friar in purgatory, a male nurse, a goat herder, a Satanasso, a brigand, the Golem, an ogre (twice), an adept of Satan, a Neanderthal man (twice), the mother of a possessed man (Satanetto), of a "Beast" in heat, of a Big Bad Wolf, of a scumbag, of a pinball player, of a leader of the cavemen, of Schiattamorto and so on and so forth. In his bio-filmographies about seventy films are counted, but it is highly likely that there were more. The brother speaks of a hundred and broken. Dario Argento in Deep Red took him to be a fruiter, at a stall on the street: that is, in practice, to play himself. But few point out that Dario had brought it with him from the previous film, The Five Days, with a role that was not exactly microscopic. His earthly journey ended at the end of 1984, when complications related to pulmonary edema occurred following a thyroid operation. Why he died in Novara, on the 18th of that month, is probably due to the logistics of the intervention. What is certain is that Baccaro had been pre-judged and chosen by Jean-Jacques Annaud and had already received the part of the script that concerned him to study, for The Name of the Rose. A good and generous man, in spite of his appearance, as often happens to "monsters". But above all a "monstrous" character actor, without whom the Italian encore, and particularly the decamerotics, would have been seriously diminished.


Salvatore Baccaro’s western films:

Blazing Gun – 1971 (Holy Ghost’s/Spirito Santo’s henchman)

He was Called the Holy Ghost – 1971 (convict)

Two Sons of Trinity – 1971(King Kong)

The Grand Duel – 1972 (saloon patron)

Gunmen and the Holy Ghost – 1972 (Shepard/capraio)

Jesse and Lester, Two Brothers in a Place Called Trinity – 1972 (Paco)

Man of the East – 1972 (prisoner)

Where the Bullets Fly – 1972

Court Martial – 1973 (convict)

Seven Nuns in Kansas City – 1973 (Fatty/Bart henchman) [as Sal Boris]

Special Birthdays

Attilio Dottesio (actor) would have been 115 today but died in 1989.

Edith Schneider [voice actress] would have been 105 today but died in 2012.

Guy Longnon (composer) would have been 100 today but died in 2014.

Florin Scărlătescu (actor) would have been 95 but died in 1993.

George Hilton (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 2019.

Franco De Rosa (actor) is 80 today.

Vincenzo Crocitti (actor) would have been 75 today but died in 2010.

Enzo Siniscalchi (actor) is 75 today.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Emile G. Caba

[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.]

Emilio Gutiérrez Caba was born in Valladolid, Valladolid, Castilla y León, Spain on September 26, 1942. Born into a family of actors, he is the great-grandson of actor Pascual Alba Sors actress Irene Caba Alba, son of actor Emilio Gutierrez actress Irene Caba Alba, brother of actress Irene Gutiérrez Caba, nephew of actress Julia Caba Alba, uncle of producer José Luis Escolar and grand-uncle of actress Irene Escolar (Irene Escolar Navarro).

Caba studied philosophy, but his interest in acting was consolidated at university.

Following his stage debut in 1962, with the Lilí Murati company, he made his feature film debut in Jess Franco's “El llanero” (The Jaguar) (1963). He went on to join forces with actress María José Goyanes to create their own company in 1968. In all he’s appeared in over 220 films and TV appearances.

In November 2019 he published the book El tiempo heredado. A journey through the family saga that has defined Spanish theatre for decades, in which he pays tribute to the actresses of his family, from the nineteenth century to the present day: his great-aunt Leocadia Alba, his grandmother Irene Alba, his mother, Irene Caba Alba and his aunt Julia Caba Alba, without forgetting his two sisters: Irene Gutiérrez Caba and Julia Gutiérrez Caba.

His only Spaghetti western role was in 1967’s “Fedra West” (I Do Not Forgive... I Kill!) as José

CABA, Emile G. (aka E. Gutierrez Caba, Emilio G. Caba, Emilio Gutierrez Caba, Emil Cape, Emilio Gutierrez Cava, Emilio Gutiérrez Cava, Emilio Gutiérrez, Emilio Gutiérrez-Caba) (Emilio Gutiérrez Caba) [9/26/1942, Valladolid, Valladolid, Castilla y León, Spain -     ] – theater, film, TV actor, great-grandson of actor Pascual Alba Sors [1843-1895] actress Irene Caba Alba [1899-1957], son of actor Emilio Gutierrez actress Irene Caba Alba [1899-1957], brother of actress Irene Gutiérrez Caba [1930–1995], Julia Gutiérrez Caba [1933-    ], nephew of actress Julia Caba Alba [1902–1988], uncle of producer José Luis Escolar [1960-    ], grand-uncle of actress Irene Escolar (Irene Escolar Navarro) [1988-    ].

I Do Not Forgive... I Kill! – 1967 (José)