Friday, December 20, 2019

Week of December 21 - 27, 2019

To answer these trivia questions, please email me at

Brain Teasers:

Which movie featuring Gordon  Mitchell is a sequel to a Romanian film?

Which American actor who made an Italian Western appeared in an American crime flick in which he pretends to be an hobo in order to trick a college student into murdering a young woman's uncle?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian actor, celebrated for his Hamlet, starred in a  movie set during the Mexican revolution?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian actor opinioned in an interview that Richard Harrison ruined himself with women?
No one has answered this question yet.

In which Italian Spy movie did an assassin use a pipe with a gunsite to project a poison dart?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which French actor worked with directors Sergio Leone, Robert Enrico, Philippe Setbon, Federico Fellini and Giuseppe Colizzi?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian actor worked with directors Luchino Visconti, Mario Amendola, Viktor Tourjansky, Duilio Coletti, Fernando Cerchio and Cesare Canevari?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian director was once credited as Berwang Ross?
George Grimes and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Cesare Canevari.

Can you name an Italian Western in which a villain uses a bola?
George Grimes noted IL MERCENARIO, aka A PROFESSIONAL GUN. That is true, but I had another movie in mind.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which movie ends with the line, "Good luck, Paco. Keep dreaming... but with your eyes open."?
On the December 19, 2019 episode of The Late Late Show, James Corden visited with Billie Eilish at her house where-in she made her first music recordings. There is a copy of the poster for which Italian Western in her brother's bedroom?
Giuseppe Collizzi first met Woody Strode on the location for which film?

Name the movies from which these images came.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab from MATALO.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Jack Palance in BARABBAS.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 

No one has identified the above frame grab yet.
Can you name from what movie it came?

Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please send me an email at if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:


La 317ème section, aka THE 317th PLATOON (1965)

Did not enjoy:

Cheech and Chong "Get Out of My Room" (1985)

FRANK & LOLA (2016) - Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots deliver strong performances in this relationship drama that flirts with becoming a thriller, ala director Claude Chabrol's LA FEMME INFIDELE, but doesn't. 



S.M.A.R.T. CHASE, aka THE SHANGHAI JOB (2017) - This is the movie for everyone who has been waiting for Orlando Bloom to star in a Chinese action movie.

OUR CHRISTMAS LOVE SONG (2019) - I'll watch Alica Witt in just about anything - even a Hallmark Channel movie in which she plays a Country singer performing at the Grand Ole Opry. And one featuring Nancy Grace who was one of the executive producers. And has a line like "Anything lost can be found again, especially if it's in your heart."


David Deal enjoyed:


THE EXECUTIONER OF VENICE (63) - Sinister Cinema's version is colorful, wide, and enhanced.

SHED NO TEARS (48) - Wally Ford and wife June Vincent fake his death to collect the insurance money.  However, she is cavorting with a paramour, and when Wally's son gets involved, the plan begins to unravel.  There is a private detective involved and interestingly, he is corrupt and plays both ends against the middle in this enjoyable film noir from Jean Yarbrough.

THE SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH (68) - Nice to finally have this on disc.  Maybe a proper presentation will appear in the US someday.


Charles Gilbert watched:

MR. HORN (1979) Uninspiring production with western civilian scout Richard Widmark recruiting soft spoken half- breed Mr. Horn (David Carradine) to help the U. S. cavalry track down Geronimo. Second half of protracted televison movie takes off in another direction with Horn becoming more aggressive as a bounty hunter. Dan Vadis shows up in a thankless role as one of a gang of rustlers targeted by Horn. Directed by the steely and gruff Jack Starrett who also plays a general.

THE GRADUATE (1967) First time viewing. Praise is heaped on a twenty year-old college grad from all directions despite his social reluctance. I was surprised to see such an absurd storyline sanctioned by Embassy Pictures and Joseph E. Levine.


John Black reports: "In what is probably my 'Well, duh' statement of 2019, I loved watching the original CinemaScope version of THIEF OF BAGHDAD (1961), not seen since 1961 theatrical exhibition.  The German label Colossea Film has restored the film to its widescreen glory.  Although the image is slightly soft, the print is far more colorful than all previous home video versions.  English audio and/or subtitles are options.  It's great to finally have a Steve Reeves peplum film appear on Blu-ray.  For me, this is THE home video release of 2019."


No comments:

Post a Comment