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Brain Teasers:

In what Italian Western did Gordon Mitchell fire 8 shots from a six-shooter to kill the bad guy?
Tom Betts knew that it was NATO PER UCCIDERE, aka BORN TO KILL.

In which Italian Western is a character named "Ricky Shot"?
Tom Betts, Bertrand van Wonterghem, Angel Rivera and George Grimes knew that it was BANDIDOS.

In which Italian Western is Clint Eastwood called "Monco"?
Tom Betts, Bertrand van Wonterghem, Angel Rivera and George Grimes knew that it was PER QUALCHE DOLLARO IN PIU, aka FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE.

And now for some new brain teasers:

In which Italian directed Western did Guy Madison fire seven shots from a six-shooter in the final shoot-out?
Which Italian director of Westerns was known to cast his daughter as his leading lady?
Which Italian director of Westerns often had screenplays written by his wife?

Name the movies from which these images came.

Tom Betts and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Jany Clair in LA STRADA PER FORTE ALAMO, aka THE ROAD TO FORT ALAMO.
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 Leticia Roman in LA RAGAZZA CHE SAPEVA TROPPO, aka THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, aka THE EVIL EYE.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from ZATOICHI GOES TO THE FIRE FESTIVAL.
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:


Peter Gunn "The Kill" (1958) Season one, episode one

Mildly enjoyed:

EUROPA CANTA (1966) - While this movie is nonsensical, seeing it in Spanish made it more so. Is the Western town in Spain supposed to be a modern Western town in America - filled with automobiles and everyone dressed like 1880? If the European Music Festival is to be held in this town, why are all of the musical performances viewed on television? What are the five Mafia types trying to accomplish? Directed by Jose Luis Merino, the film offers some fun in seeing familiar Spanish actors who usually play villains being goof-balls. Françoise Hardy is the only musical performer that I recognized, but I enjoyed Los Beatles de Cadiz, Los Marcellos Ferial and The Honeybeats. Naturally, in the end, the town is saved by an Indian attack led by Gustavo Rojo, who also wins the heart of the female lead played by Vivi Bach.

Did not enjoy:

FRONTIER FUGITIVES (1945) - If you've ever wanted to see frequent villain I. Stanford Jolley do comedy, then this is the movie for you. While pretending to be an Indian, Jolley confronted lawman and comedy relief Guy Wilkerson, also pretending to be an Indian, in a cabin. Jolley suggested that they smoke a peace pipe, to which Wilkerson agreed. After a certain amount of puffing, Wilkerson introduced something "extra" into the pipe that only Jolley smoked, and suddenly Jolley began acting "stoned". What had been introduced was never identified, and I wondered what audiences in 1945 figured it to be. Anyway, lawmen Tex Ritter, Dave O'Brien and Wilkerson were sent to Bear Settlement to find out who was killing fur trappers and Indians. They come across George Morrell being killed by two men dressed as Indians. Before the two men could be questioned, they were killed at a distance by more bad guys. Jack Ingram made a citizen's arrest on Ritter, hoping to pin one of the killings on him. This gave Ritter an opportunity to sit in in jail and sing "Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry", before Wilkerson, dressed as an Indian, got him sprung from the lock-up. The bad guys turned out to be working with the owner of the local trading post, and they really wanted to find the location of Morrell's cache of furs. Morrell's daughter, Lorraine Miller, was convinced that her father would have left a note telling where the cache could be found. We saw Morrell hide the note in his Wild Cat fur hat, which Wilkerson wore as part of his Indian disguise. After Miller was kidnapped by the bad guys, Ritter went into the trading post to shop for a guitar, and ended up singing "I'll Wait For You, Dear" to let Miller know he was there. Eventually, there was a shootout, with one of the bad guys surrendering when he ran out of bullets. Elmer Clifton got the writing credit and Harry L. Fraser was the director.

SE TUTTE LE DONNE DEL MONDO... (OPERAZIONE PARADISO), aka KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE (1966) - While most European producers were attempting to spoof James Bond movies, Dino De Laurentiis seemed interested in doing a Matt Helm spoof. Director Henry Levin didn't make the first Dean Martin/Matt Helm flick - THE SILENCERS, that was Phil Karlson, but he did numbers two and three - MURDERER'S ROW and THE AMBUSHERS. Beverly Adams, who was in all of the Matt Helm flicks, puts in a small appearance, and then was killed by a boa constrictor snake hidden in a feather boa. Margaret Lee gots fourth billing for another small role, which raised the question of why Dorothy Provine, an American actress, got the female lead, who was supposed to be British, when a more interesting British actress got a rather small role. Did someone think Provine was a box office draw? And considering the attractiveness of the other female cast members - Nicoletta Machiavelli and Marilu Tolo, who thought Provine was the best choice? With Terry-Thomas as her Rolls-Royce chauffer, Provine came off as a pale imitation of Lady Penelope from the Thunderbirds TV show. No one seemed to be very concerned about the plot of this film, and much of what happened wasn't explained. Supposedly the audience was to be so entertained by the silliness that they wouldn't care, but this movie made THE SILENCERS seem well-made. On the plus side, the banana eating by Mike Connors was paid off near the end.


Charles Gilbert watched:

ISLAND OF THE LOST SOULS (1932) Erle C. Kenton directed horror film with Lugosi in a minor role. He also helmed three in the Frankenstein series..

FAST AND FURIOUS (1955) B&W. Roger Corman film. Independent trucker (John Ireland) is on the run after a highway incident left an antagonistic company truck driver dead. Trying to lay low he gets into a brawl, at a diner where another driver recognizes him. In desperation he takes Dorothy Malone and her Jaguar hostage, and heads for the cross country race she had intended to enter. They fall in love, and she finally convinces him to turn himself in. 

PIRATES OF THE COAST (1960) Spanish navsl captain Louis Monterey (Lex Barker) loses his commission through perceived negligence  and is sentenced to a penal colony. The voyage there proves opportune when a high seas tumult sets the prisoners free to take over the ship as pirates. As a buccaneer he learns of Spanish court intrigue fueled by a silver bounty that covertly affects the recently declared war with England. Cast includes Liana Orfei  Livio Lorenzon, John Kitzmiller  and beautiful French blonde actress Estella Blain who took her own life New Years Day 1982.

The Truth About Timothy McVeigh and the OKC Bombing

The Untouchables episodes 'The Empty Chair' S1E01
'Globe of Death' S4E18


David Deal Enjoyed:




THE NARROWING CIRCLE (55) - When a business rival of crime writer Paul Carpenter is found dead in Carpenter's apartment, he is caught up in the deadly ripples of a crime committed in someone's past. Carpenter keeps finding the bodies of those who would clear him of the murder, but co-worker Hazel Court believes in his innocence even tho Scotland Yard has other ideas. A fun, twisty little Brit mystery that moves quickly and boasts a truly surprising ending. Recommended.


THE NIGHT THE WORLD EXPLODED (57) - While tracking recent earthquakes, scientists William Leslie, Kathryn Grant, and Tris Coffin discover an unstable element which, if not neutralized, will make the world explode! Silly at its core, so to speak, this low budget sci-fi thriller provides plenty of entertainment.

NIGHTMARE (42) - In London, gambler Brian Donlevy takes advantage of an empty, open house to make himself some breakfast before his ship leaves for the US. The lady of the house, Diana Barrymore, enters and asks his help getting rid of a body with a knife in its back. Thus begins a mystery that unfolds in very fanciful but entertaining fashion. Clever and funny, this might not make much sense but it's a fun ride.

THE AUTOMAT (22) - Engaging documentary on the invention.



Mildly Enjoyed

HIS NAME WAS KING (71) - Richard Harrison (his name was King) goes revengin' for the murder of his brother by a gun-running gang led by Freddy Unger. Harrison works with the US Army and sheriff Klaus Kinski to go after the gang. But someone (I wonder who) is secretly the leader of the gang. Adequate spaghetti entertainment with a good score by Luis Bacalov.

NIGHT CRIES (78) - Susan St. James and Michael Parks lose their baby, and Susan begins having dreams that her dead child is trying to contact her. So, of course, everyone - including her dream research doctor (William Conrad) - thinks she's going crazy. TV movie is trippy (dreams give the go ahead for weird visuals) but I found it kind of annoying over all.

Did Not Enjoy

A NAME FOR EVIL (73) - In a troubled marriage, Robert Culp and Samantha Eggar leave the city life to refurbish an old house that belonged to Culp's great grandfather. Too bad he still haunts it. Ghostly horror with a counterculture bent, this mess features full frontal Bob and a score by Dominic Frontiere (The Outer Limits).


Angel Rivera Enjoyed:

"The Monster of Piedras Blanca" (1959)
I saw this last many moons ago. Back then it was a little scary. Now one can marvel at what low budget films got away with. Like that one scene where they open the cold storage locker, I found very interesting. Now of course I am paying more attention to female lead, Jeanne Carmen; especially with today's sensibilities and what we know about her. So for me, seeing this film was like seeing an old friend; albeit with monster victims we don't really see.

"Everything Everywhere All at Once' (2022)
Very interesting, but some times hard to follow. Sort of reminds me of Fellini"s "Juliet of the Spirits", but with more fantastic elements. Still worth a look see.

"The Thief of Baghdad" (1961)
One of my favorite Steve Reeves movies. Even more so than the Hercules pics. Steve pulls off all the stunts in the great tradition of Douglas Fairbanks, the original "Thief of Baghdad".  Great fantasy film. The two female leads aren't bad either.

Did not enjoy:

"House Party" (2023)
The original "House Party" (1990) had recognizable rap artists, Kid 'n Play. The only person I recognized in this one was Lebron James,who also happened to be one of the producers of the film. The original is clever and funny. This new one isn't. Oh, yes. I recognized the singer, Mya.


Bertrand van Wonterghem Highly enjoyed:

This gun for hire (1942, Frank Tuttle)

The magic Christian (1969, Joseph McGrath)


History of the world, part 2 – season 1 – episode 2

It’s a mad, mad mad, mad world (1963, Stanley Kramer)

Swing shift Maisie (1943, Norman Z. McLeod)

Mildly enjoyed

Shadows over Chinatown (1946, Terry O. Morse)

Carnivale row – season 2 – episode 1

Too much Johnson (1938, Orson Welles)


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