Monday, March 20, 2023

First Day of Spring 2023


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Penelope Allen

 [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 gven and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Penelope Allen, also known as Penny Allen was born on January 29, 1941 and is an American stage, film and television actress. Although primarily a theater actress, she is best known as the head bank teller being held hostage in the film “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975). She also played Annie, the wife of Francis Lionel "Lion" Delbuchi in the film “Scarecrow”. Speaghetti western fans will remember her for her portrayal of Mattie Earp in 1970’s “Doc” with Stacy Keach.

Allen is married to actor, acting coach Charles S. Laughton and they live in Santa Monica, California.

ALLEN, Penelope (aka Penny Allen) [1/29/1941, U.S.A. -     ] – theater, film, TV, voice actress, married to actor Charlie Laughton (Charles S. Laughton) [1929-    ].

‘Doc’ – 1970 (Mattie Earp)

RIP Ann Green de Toth


Ann Green de Toth, a screenwriter and film industry veteran who worked alongside her husband producer André de Toth on several projects, died on March 3 in Toluca Lake, California. She was 82. She was a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the WGA West. She also worked as an executive secretary at Warner Bros. for studio chief Bob Daly. Born in London on June 16, 1940, de Toth attended a convent school for 10 years before she pursued secretarial training and held several secretarial roles. She then worked at the Berlitz Schools of Language, where she organized special courses and recruited English teachers for European schools. She spoke seven languages. Green worked as a production assistant on 1969’s Eiro-western “El Condor” starring Lee Van Cleef and Jim Brown.

Two New Italian CD releases “I tre spietati”, “Requiescant”, “O Cangaciero”, “The Mercenary”


“I tre spietati”, “Requiescant”, “O Cangaciero”

(Gunfight at High Noon, Kill and Pray, Viva Cangaceiro)

(1964 1967, 1969)

Composer: Riz Ortlani


Directors: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, Carlo Lizzani, Giovanni Fago

Starring: Richard Harrison, Fernando Sancho / Lou Castel, Mark Damon / Tomas Milian


Country: Italy

Label: BEAT

# CDCR148

Tracks: 35

Listening time: 54:37


Track listing

01. I tre spietati –Seq.1 2:26

02. I tre spietati –Seq.2 1:00

03. I tre spietati –Seq.3 2:03

04. I tre spietati –Seq.4 1:40

05. I tre spietati –Seq.5 1:29

06. I tre spietati –Seq.6 2:13

07. I tre spietati –Seq.7 2:22

08. I tre spietati –Seq.8 1:21

09. I tre spietati –Seq.9 1:13

10. I tre spietati –Seq.10 1:04

11. I tre spietati –Seq.11 2:01

12. I tre spietati –Seq.12 4:25

13. Requiescant - Seq. 1 1:36

14. Requiescant - Seq. 2 1:29

15. Requiescant - Seq. 3 1:07

16. Requiescant - Seq. 4 2:29

17. Requiescant - Seq. 5 1:39

18. Requiescant - Seq. 6 1:43

19. Requiescant - Seq. 7 2:25

20. Requiescant - Seq. 8 1:19

21. Requiescant - Seq. 9 1:55

22. Requiescant - Seq. 10 3:25

23. Requiescant - Seq. 11 2:44

24. Requiescant - Seq. 12 2:16

25. Requiescant - Seq. 13 1:02

26. Requiescant - Seq. 14 2:33

27. Requiescant - Seq. 15 1:59

28. Requiescant - Seq. 16 1:34

29. Requiescant - Seq. 17 1:05

30. Requiescant - Seq. 18 2:02

31. Requiescant - Seq. 19 1:33

32. Requiescant - Seq. 20 1:30

33. Requiescant - Seq. 21 1:09

34. Mulhe rendera 1:56

35. Vou caminhando 3:10

BEAT is releasing REQUIESCANT and O’CANGACEIRO on one CD, with tracks included from the score to I TRE SPIETATI these are three westerns by Maestro Riz Ortolani, the latter has never been released before, with the former two already being released. Ortolani was the odd man out when it came to Spaghetti western scores, he often opted to go for a more romantic or melodic approach as opposed to the raw and savage sound as achieved by other composers within the genre.

Il Mercenario

(The Mercenary)


Composer: Ennio Morricone


Director: Sergio Corbucci

Starring: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Giovanna Ralli, Jack Palance


Country: Italy

Label: Beat


Tracks: 16

Listening time: 38:14

Available: March 20, 2023


Track List

01. BAMBA VIVACE (titoli di testa) 2:13

02. ESTASI 2:01

03. IL MERCENARIO (sueno mejicano) 2:28

04. FIESTA (mariachi) 0:55

05. IL MERCENARIO (ripresa) 2:06



08. LIBERTA' 4:13

09. IL MERCENARIO (sueno mejicano 2) 1:46

10. FIESTA (valzer) 1:44


12. IL MERCENARIO (ripresa terza) 2:09

13. IL MERCENARIO (suspense) 2:15

14. PACO 2:29

15. RICCIOLO 2:25

16. IL MERCENARIO (l'arena) 4:44


BEAT records in Italy are re-issuing THE MERCEANRY or A PROFESSIONAL GUN, which is a classic spaghetti western score from Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai, probably one of the best non-Leone westerns the movie belonging to the Zapata western sub-genre of the Italian western. Directed by Sergio Corbucci, it stars Franco Nero Tony Musante, Giovanna Ralli, and Jack Palance. One of the handful of politically slanted westerns within the genre it is a polished and entertaining piece of cinema, the score being rousing and up-beat with a flawless performance from whistler Alessandro Alessandroni and exhilarating choral performances from his I Cantori Moderni who are both uncredited on the soundtrack release which is criminal. No extra cues are available, this edition being the same track line up as the original LP records, and all of the subsequent re-issues on CD and digital platforms.

European Comic Books – Albi Raid


Albi Raid

This comic book series contains the adventures of different themes (western, war, fantasy) written, drawn and published by Pini Segna. In each issue a complete episode. In the appendix to #6/8 reissue of The Little Wolves. Announced, but never published, the #9 The Man of the Past, which is then published in Kansas-Jack of the Series Albo K2 (1954). #5 and #6 have the same title and the same cover.

The series was published in 1952 with issue #1 released on April 11, 1952 and ending with issue #8 on December 31, 1952. It was published in Milan, Italy by Pin Segna Publishing under the direction of Pini Segna. Each issue contained 16 black and white pages with color covers.


01 (04.11.52) - “La mia vita per la legge” (My Life for the Law)

02 (11.11.52) - “Gladius il re degli schiavi” (Gladius the King of the Slaves)

03 (18.11.52) - “Gli uomini squalo” (The Shark Men)

04 (25.11.52) - “Grise Ors l’indomabile del Kansas” (Grise Ors the Indomitable of Kansas)

05 (02.12.52) - “Il ritorno dei piccoli lupi” (The Return of the Little Wolves)

06 (09.12.52) - “Il ritorno dei piccoli lupi” (The Return of the Little Wolves)

07 (24.12.52) - “I due ribelli” (The Two Rebels)

08 (31.12.52) - “Il superstite della legione” (The Survivor of the Legion)

Special Birthdays

 Manuel Bermudez (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1978.

Ilse Petri (actress) would have been 105 today but died in 2018.

Walter Marsh (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2005.

Anthony Blond (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 2008.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

RIP Uwe Jellinek


German actor and voice dubber Uwe Jellinek died on March 17, 2023, in Germany he was 69. Born in East Berlin on December 25, 1953, Jellinek began his film career in East Germany beginning in 1980 and made 36 films and TV appearances until 2018. He was most well known as a film dubber and voice actor who was known for the ‘Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog’ television series. As well as that, he was the German voice actor for Baraqiel from ‘HighSchool DxD Born’ and Tom Dupain from ‘Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.’ His lone Euro-western was as Private Harper in 1982’s “The Scout” starring Gojko Mitic. He was also the German voice of Randy Roybal in one episode of Terence Hill’s 1991 TV series ‘Lucky Luke’ as Barbiere and was most recently heard in the new 2023 ‘Django’ TV series as the German voice of Adam Astill in the role of Bobby McGee.