Friday, January 31, 2020

Week of February 1 - 7, 2020

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Brain Teasers:

Giuseppe Collizzi first met Woody Strode on the location for which film?
Collizzi made an offer to Woody while he was on location in Spain for SHALAKO.

Which French actor appeared in Italian Sword and Sandal films, Italian Westerns and a TV series starring Terence Hill?
John Grace knew that it was Philippe Leroy.

Which Italian Western star's father was a former Irish member of the U.S. Cavalry who had retired to France?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which Shaw Brothers production reuses footage of the monster in the lake from PERSEO?
John Grace knew that it was MONKEY GOES WEST.

Which American screenwriter provided Sean Flynn with two projects he made in Italy?
George Grimes knew that it was Casey Robinson.

Which American actor who appeared in Italian Westerns fainted onto John Wayne in a World War II movie?
Robert Harrison knew that it was Jim Mitchum in IN HARM'S WAY.

Which American actor, who appeared in an Italian Western, also appeared in a movie starring Harold Lloyd with special effects by John Fulton?
George Grimes knew that it was Lionel Stander.

Charles Gilbert asks, "Which Italian director used the name J. W. Fordson?"
George Grimes knew that it was Mario Costa.

Charles Gilbert asks, "Which two Italian actors used the name Peter White?"
George Grimes knew that it was Franco Cobianchi and Adraino Micantoni.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Spanish actor who did Sword & Sandal and Westerns in Spain died in Mexico City at the age of 51?
Which Italian actress did Kirk Douglas put under contract only to tear it up when she wanted out - and then wanted back but he refused?
Which Italian actor was born on November 23, 1941?

Name the movies from which these images came.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of John Philip Law in DA UOMO A UOMO, aka DEATH RIDES A HORSE
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Marisa Allasio in LE SCHIAVE DI CARTAGINE, aka THE SWORD AND THE CROSS, aka SLAVES OF CARTHAGE.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of Elsa Martinelli in LA DECIMA VITTIMA, aka THE 10th VICTIM.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

John Grace and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Yuen Wah and Yuen Biao in EASTERN CONDORS.
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:


Country Music "The Sons and Daughters of America" (2019)

Howard's End (2017) - Kenneth Lonergan wrote this four part TV adaptation which was directed by Hettie MacDonald. Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard were wonderfully enjoyable as the Schlegel sisters, as was Alex Lawther as their brother. Cudos all around, but what happened to the character of Jacky Bast? It appeared that E. M. Forster didn't say in his novel and it was an irritatingly unanswered question.

Mildly enjoyed:


GIRLFRIENDS (1978) - Anita Skinner looks so much like Anne-Marie Duff that I found it distracting. Of course if I had seen this when it first came out, that probably wouldn't have been the case as I didn't see Anne-Marie Duff until 2006.

An Unsuitable Job For A Woman "Sacrifice" (1997) - Future Star Wars Emperor Palpatine Ian McDiarmid plays another creep in this 3 part series, but the joy of the show is watching Helen Baxendale. Struan Rodger plays DCS Fergusson, but the character was Adam Dalgliesh in the original novel.

An Unsuitable Job For A Woman "A Last Embrace" (1998) 

An Unsuitable Job For A Woman "Living On Risk" (1999)

An Unsuitable Job For A Woman "Playing God" (1999) - If you're a fan of Gerald Butler, here's a chance to see a younger version of him than perhaps you've before seen him.

The Blues "Godfathers and Sons" (2003)

HOWARD'S END (1991) - Would I have enjoyed this more if I had seen it before the 2017 TV version? In any case, most of the virtues of the 2017 version are missing from this earlier movie, though they are virtually identical storywise.

Did not enjoy:

THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938 (1938) - Bob Hope singing "Thanks For The Memory" for the first time is neat, but the movie around it is a drag.

THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN (1995) - There is no dispute that this HBO movie is historically important, but it is also dull.

MIDSOMMER (2019) - I agree the movie is impressive, but I loathed the material.


David Deal enjoyed:

THELMA (17) - A sheltered young woman heads to college where she begins to understand herself and her unique abilities.  Director Joachim Trier exhibits a sure hand weaving the supernatural into this Oscar-nominated tale of awakenings from Norway.  Recommended.




RIDE LONESOME (59) - Bounty hunter Randolph Scott captures outlaw James Best and encounters devious Pernell Roberts and James Coburn (in his debut), and hottie Karen Steele on his way back to town. Meanwhile, Best's brother Lee Van Cleef is tracking them down.  Arguably the best of the Boetticher/Scott westerns, this is beautifully plotted and realized, with an ending that achieves redemption and fatalism in equal measure.

THE CORRUPT ONES (67) - From 2001: "Very fun adventure film with Robert Stack, Elke Sommer, the stunningly beautiful Nancy Kwan and Werner Peters. Not to mention a groovy title song by Dusty Springfield!"  UPDATE: I had only seen this on tape until I recently picked up the German Blu-ray, which looks great.

MURDER CLINIC (66) - Sinister Cinema's copy is zoomed in from the original Techniscope aspect ratio to 1.85:1 but it's very colorful.

Mildly Enjoyed



Charles Gilbert watched:

BERSERK (1967) Similar to CIRCUS OF HORRORS  this film also shoots in England with a couple of American actors leading the cast. Aerialist Ty Hardin joins the Rivers Big Top owned by Joan Crawford. A series of grisly accidents occur, which seems to boost the show's popularity and purse.

LI'L ABNER (1940) B&W. Buster Keaton appears in a secondary role as an indian, and Jeff York headlines as the tree-tall hick ad nauseum. Toothsome Daisy Mae is played by Martha O'Driscoll. Not a musical like its' remake, but uses a cartoon song fore and aft.  The makeup on ma and pa Yokum is more extreme. Who is the character with hair growing over his eyes and a door knob nose?

Renegade tv series episodes:
    'Teen Angel'. Reno (Lorenzo Lamas) searches for a runaway who's joined an escort service.
    'Den of Thieves'. A female cop targeted by her corrupt  peers solicits help from Reno.


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