Friday, January 10, 2020

Week of January 11 - 17, 2020

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Brain Teasers:

Which Italian actor opinioned in an interview that Richard Harrison ruined himself with women?
It was Luciano Pigozzi, aka Alan Collins. 

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.

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. 
John Nudge knew that I meant NAVAJO JOE.

Giuseppe Collizzi first met Woody Strode on the location for which film?
No one has answered this question yet.

Can you name an Italian Western in which an hero uses a bola?
George Grimes knew of LA RESA DEI CONTI, aka THE BIG GUNDOWN.
John Nudge reports that it was a slingshot, not a bola.

Which Italian Western star once played Otto, the brother of mad King Ludwig II?
George Grimes knew that it was Klaus Kinski in LUDWIG II: GLANZ UND ENDE EINES KONIGS.

Which French actor appeared in Italian Sword and Sandal films, Italian Westerns and a TV series starring Terence Hill?
No one has answered this yet.

By what name is Girolamo Girotti better known?
George Grimes knew that it was Terence Hill. He was billed as Girolamo in his first film IL VIALE DELLA SPERANZA.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian Western was co-produced by Shaw Brothers of Hong Kong?
Which Italian Western was co-produced by Yangtze Film Company Ltd.?
Which Italian Western star's father was a former Irish member of the U.S. Cavalry who had retired to France?

Name the movies from which these images came.

John Nudge and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Lee Van Cleef and Graziella Granata in AL DI LA' DELLA LEGGE, aka BEYOND THE LAW.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Rhonda Fleming in LA RIVOLTA DEGLI SCHIAVI, aka THE REVOLT OF THE SLAVES.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 

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

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Meng Lo, aka Lo Mang, in CHINATOWN KID.
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:


Music Row: Nashville's Most Famous Neighborhood (2017)

Country Music: The Rub (Beginnings - 1933) (2019) - Ken Burns documentaries tend to put me to sleep, but the stories of Jimmie Rogers and The Carter Family woke me up.

Mildly enjoyed:

THE MONKEY GOES WEST (1966) - Meng Hua Ho directed this version of the Chinese priest sent to India to bring back Buddhist scriptures. Fleeing a demon that wants to eat him for immortality, the priest finds a trapped monkey who was sent to help the priest on his quest. Can you name another movie in which underwater maidens sing and dance about the delicacy of eating a priest?

The American Experience "McCarthy Power Feeds On Fear" (2020)

Linda Ronstadt The Sound Of My Voice (2019)

TWO ON A GUILLOTINE (1965) - Just because he's a fat man, Producer-Director William Conrad may have thought he was another Alfred Hitchcock, but he needed a less predictable script to even rival William Castle. 

Did not enjoy:

PHOENIX THE RAIDER, aka THE DEADLY ANGELS, aka  (1982) - I guess this is the same film that is listed as ZHI FEN ZHI BING in the IMDB. Brigitte Lin looks good but that isn't enough to make this police melodrama watchable. Hui-Shan Yang is the villain.

LOVER'S ROCK (1964) - A Shaw Brothers melodrama shot in Taiwan about a stranger that tries to make a home in a fishing village. Cheng Pei-Pei is the local girl promised to a local fisherman, but actually in love with the stranger. Misunderstandings lead to the stranger setting off in his boat with the girl yearning for his return and promising to steadfastly wait - like the large rocks on the shoreline.

THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) - This Billy Wilder directed flick was considered important when it came out, but now it's just an overblown melodrama - though Miklos Rozsa's music seemed to want to turn it into an Horror movie. The use of the "Champagne Aria" from La Traviata was well done.

THE KING WITH MY FACE (1967) - Meng Hua Ho directed this Shaw Brothers version of THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK with Yeong-gyun Shin in the dual role, but Ching Lee got top billing as the Princess that fell in love with the good brother and helped rescue him from the dungeon. My attention kept straying to Lily Li as the Princess' maid though she didn't get much to do.


ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH (1975) - Deborah Raffin was gorgeous but Brenda Vaccaro got the Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination.



THE INITIATION (1984) - The only feature film credit for directror Larry Stewart, who was also a sometime actor. Reportedly he was brought in when the original director Peter Crane fell behind schedule. In any case, nothing was done to make the script workable. Daphne Zuniga's next film, THE SURE THING, was much better.





David Deal enjoyed:



CAT GIRL (57) - Barbara Shelley inherits a family curse that causes her anxieties to manifest themselves as a killer leopard. Or is she just crazy?  You won't find out.  British Gothic, clearly influenced by the Val Lewton school, has some very good sequences of shadowy, psychological thrills and just as many artistic missteps.  Worth a look for Ms. Shelley's impressive and groundbreaking performance as a ferocious female.

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT (15) - Interesting documentary on the famous art patron.




Charles Gilbert watched:

CONSTANTINE AND THE CROSS (1961) Cornel Wilde as the title character becomes disgusted with  the empire's maltreatment of the Christians, and eventually discovers his mother (Elisa Cegani,) has become one of the followers. Christine Kaufmann and Fausto Tozzi are miscast as lovers...they're 24 years apart in age.

The 1959 Untouchables episodes. B&W tv.
    'The Mark of Cain'. Chicago's old guard mobsters want to reel in Little Charlie (Henry Silva) when his narcotics enterprise garners unwanted publicity with the death of a young girl by overdose. He resists. Eduardo Cianelli, Paula Raymond, and Will Kuluva costar.
    'A Seat on the Fence'.  John McIntire plays a newscaster with confidential information Eliot Ness needs to save a girl. With Arlene Martell and Frank Silvera
    'The Purple Gang'. One of the best episodes. Steve Cochran plays mobster Ed Fletcher whose Detroit gang kidnap other gangsters for ransom. The victims dare not go to the police for help. But the Purple Gang does get a visit from irate Capone successor Frank Nitti (Bruce Gordon).  Paul Lambert, Ilka Windish, and Werner Kemplerer costar.
    'The Kiss of Death Girl'.  Blackjack dealer Francie (Jan Sterling) gets involved with a speakeasy owner who wants to go big time by intercepting an already hijacked truckload of whisky from a ruthless mobster. With Mickey Shaunessey, Robett H. Harris, and David J. Stewart.


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