Saturday, October 22, 2016

RIP Clément Michu

French character actor Clément Michu died at his home on Friday October 21st. He would have been 80 on the 27th.  Remember best for his role as Inspector Guyomard on the TV series "Commissaire Moulin" from 1979-2006. He also appeared in such films as The Mad Adventures of ‘Rabbi’ Jacob (1973) and as Galichon in the 1986-1988 TV series ‘Espionne et tais-toi’. Michu appeared in only one Euro-western as Crarvet in 1971’s “The Legend of Frenchie King.”

New CD Release

Les Petroleuses / Dans la poussiere du soleil
(The Legend of Frenchie King / In the Dust of the Sun)
(1971 / 1972)

Composer: Francis Lai /
Directors: Christian-Jaque / Richard Balducci
Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale / Bob Cunningham, Maria Schell

Country: Spain
Label: Quartet Records
# QR245
Tracks: 30
Total time: 71:24
Limited edition 500 copies
Available: October 21, 2016

Track listing:
1. La Ballade de Frenchie King
Vocal by Little Sammy Gaha (Francis Lai / Hal Shaper) (1:43)
2. Les Pétroleuses (Générique) (1:45)
3. La Fête au village (2:19)
4. La Chevauchée corse (2:23)
5. Bougival Junction (2:19)
6. Les Sœurs Miller rencontrent les Sarrazin (1:02)
7. La Vie parisienne Vocal by Micheline Presle (Francis Lai / Hal Shaper) (3:20)
8. Merry making (2:10)
9. Séduction (2:54)
10. Prairie woman (La Fille de la prairie) Vocal by Claudia Cardinale (Francis Lai / Hal Shaper) (1:53)
11. Piano saloon (1:30)
12. L’Attaque du train (1:04)
13. Le Noël des Sarrazin (1:27)
14. Final (2:58)
Previously unreleased tracks:
15. Prairie woman (Play-back) (Francis Lai / Hal Shaper) (1:56)
16. Un accordéon au Far-West (3:27)
17. La Ballade de Frenchie King (Alternate version) (Francis Lai / Hal Shaper) (2:44)
18. Les Pétroleuses (Demo / maquette) (2:42)
19. La Vie parisienne (Play-back) (Francis Lai / Hal Shaper) (3:41)
20. Feu de camp (1:19)

21. Dans la poussière du soleil (3:42)
22. San Angelo (2:11)
23. Les Meurtriers (Version 1) (3:26)
24. L’Appel de l’Ouest (1:29)
25. Colt (1:17)
26. Old piano (2:51)
27. L’Affrontement (2:16)
28. Solitude et grands espaces (2:10)
29. Les Meurtriers (Version 2) (2:59)
30. Final (2:30)

Total Disc Time: 71:24

Spaghetti Western Locations

Continuing our search for filming locations for the 1966 film “Navajo Joe”. After Joe kills two of Duncan’s henchmen sent out to bring back his scalp. He ties them to a horse and sends them back to Duncan. Vee sees Joe on the hill top and then he turns and rides away. Duncan and his gang ride on to the town of Esperanza to cash in the scalps they have taken for a dollar each. 

The town set used for Esperanza is a combination of the western town set in Di Laurentis Studios south of Rome, Italy, a set in Granada, Spain and Mini Hollywood (Oasys) in Almeria, Spain. All of the interiors were filmed in Rome while the exteriors were shot at both western sets. The shot below is the Di Laurentis western set in Rome.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations


Special Birthdays

Tim Condren (stuntman) would have been 90 today, he died in 2006.