Friday, February 23, 2018

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ Romance on the set of Starblack

Robert Woods had gotten his start in Spaghetti Westerns the year before with “Five Thousand Dollars on One Ace” and “The Man from Canyon City.” “Starblack is one of four Spaghetti westerns he made in 1966. The leading lady of “Starblack” was beautiful Elga Andersen as Caroline Williams. This marked the only Spaghetti western for Andersen, who started working in films with small roles in 1957 and was the top-billed female in Steve McQueen’s 1971 racing film, “Le Mans”. An on screen romance sparked between Woods and Andersen which carried on for some time off the screen as well. 

For All the Dollars ~ Part 6 “A Day of Anger”


Day of Anger (1967), Tonino Valerii
            If Death Rides a Horse wasn’t enough to satisfy, and you wish to see another spaghetti western where payback is overdue, Day of Anger is a great choice.
            Once again, Lee Van Cleef takes the lead as Frank Talby, an opportunist who strolls into the quiet town of Clifton to set up his own casino. But there are a couple of criminals and corrupted town officials that he must bring down. Things seem a bit okay for Talby though, when he receives a welcome from social outcast Scott Mary (Giuliano Gemma). And this outcast becomes a very big ally in Talby's ambitions in town.
            Scott Mary is the town street sweeper and trash collector, and therefore treated as something unclean. Wishing to become someone big and important with a sense of acceptance, he finds opportunity when Talby shows him compassion and puts a revolver in his hand. And since Talby’s opponents are the same bullies of Scott Mary, it’s safe to assume that this whole town is about to erupt like a volcano.
            Yet, payback isn’t the only thing that makes this story so interesting. In a world where trust can be defined by the type of gun somebody puts in your hand, things may not be what they seem between Talby and Scott Mary. Spaghetti westerns were known for reshaping the western genre by featuring more anti-heroic characters. Day of Anger blurs the line between who is good and who is bad. The chemistry between the characters is superb, backed up with flawless acting by Van Cleef and Gemma.
            Day of Anger is noted for its own revenge theme, character development, and music by Riz Ortolani, whose musical reputation goes beyond spaghetti westerns. It also started a common “tutorship” theme where a younger gun seeks the tutelage of an older gun. Talby certainly has a lot of lessons for Scott Mary, one of them being that once you start killing, you can't stop. Such lessons turn out to be true, as Clifton is put on a path to gunfire and destruction.
            Day of Anger is a .45 colt pistol that shoots a powerful bullet. Definitely don’t get between it and its target.
Trivia: Aside from spaghetti westerns, composer Riz Ortolani has achievements in a variety of genres, including Italian giallo, Eurospy, exploitation, and mondo. In 1962, he earned a Grammy award and Academy Award nomination for the song “More,” which appeared in the movie, Mondo Cane. His music has been used in modern video games such as Grand Theft Auto: London 1969, and in movies like Kill Bill, Drive, and Django Unchained.

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[Continued next week]

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Destry Rides Again

Destry reitet wieder – German title
Destry Rides Again – English title

A 1966 German television production [Schmid-Productions (Germany)]
Producer: Bohuslav Kulic
Director: Dietrich Haugk
Story: Max Brand, Leonard Gershe
Teleplay: Stefan Gommermann
Photography: [black and white]
Music: Harold Rome, Raimund Rosenberger
Running time: 80 minutes

Rose Lovejoy - Paula Elges   
Tom Destry - Wolfgang Reichmann
Wash - Rudolf Vogel
Kent - Walter Kohut
Gyp - Harry Wüstenhagen
Bugs - Klaus Höhne
Rockwell – Charle W. Fernbach        
Slade - Karl Lieffen
Frenchy - Rosel Schäfer
Dingl - Barbara Evers
Li Chang -
Dingl - Lili Hsu

The cold-blooded outlaw Kent has killed Bottleneck's lawman and in his arrogance has turned the city's biggest drunkard, Wash, into the new sheriff. To the surprise of the gangster and his accomplices Wash now leaves the whiskey and brings in the son of a famous bounty hunter to the town, Deputy Sheriff Tom Destry. But instead of the expected hard-hitting gunman, the newcomer turns out to be a bespectacled young man with a law book. Kent uses his girlfriend Frenchy on Destry to gain influence over him.

Special Birthdays

John Mills (actor) would have been 110 today, he died in 2005.

Zephi Alsec (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 1992.

Viktor Belovotsky (actor) is 70 today.