Thursday, June 22, 2017

New DVD Review

(In a Colt’s Shadow)

Director: Giovanni Grimaldi
Starring: Stephen Forsyth, Conrado San Martin, Anna Maria Polani

Country: Germany
Label: Koch Media
BluRay/DVD combo
Region B/2
Format: PAL
Aspect ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1 1080p
Languages: PCM 2.0 – German, English, Italian
Subtitles: German
Running time: 81 minutes
Extras: Interview with Nico Fidenco, trailer, alternate opening credits, photo gallery
Available: June 22, 2017

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Rod Cameron

Born Nathan Roderick Cox on December 7, 1910 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he worked in construction, before entering the entertainment industry, where his tall and athletic build initially lent himself as a stuntman for Fred MacMurray in the pictures "Rangers of Fortune" (1940) and "The Forest Rangers" (1940). Gradually, acting roles were found, as he amassed scores of credits (particularly in Westerns), in low-budget and mid-range pictures, among them "Renegades of the Rio Grande" (1945), "Stage to Tucson" (1950) and "Wagons West" (1952). Cameron will probably be best remembered for his string of TV roles on the programs "City Detective" (1953 to 1955) as Lieutenant Bart Grant, "State Trooper" (1956 - 1959) as Rod Blake, and "Coronado 9" (1959 - 1961) as Dan Adams. When his Hollywood career began to slowdown in the mid-1960s he went to Europe and appeared in a number of Euro-westerns. He remained active performing in films and guest roles on TV until the late 1970s.

Cameron's private life was colorful; in 1960, he divorced his wife and later married her mother. Hence his former director, William Witney, publicly acclaimed Cameron the bravest man that he had ever seen.

In his later years, Cameron lived on Lake Lanier in northern Georgia. He died after an extended battle with cancer in the nearby city of Gainesville in Hall County on December 21, 1983 at the age of 73. The location of his ashes is unknown. He was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

CAMERON, Rod (Nathan Roderick Cox) [12/7/1910, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 12/21/1983, Gainesville, Georgia, U.S.A. (stroke)] – stuntman, film, TV actor, married to Doris C. Stanford (1936-1939) father of Catherine Stanford Cox, married to model Angela Louisa Alves-Lico (1950-1954) father of Anthony Roderick Cox Cameron, married to Dorothy Eveleigh (1960-1983).
Bullets and the Flesh – 1964 (Nathaniel Masters)
Bullets Don’t Argue – 1964 (Sheriff Pat Garrett)
Thunder at the Border - 1966 (Old Firehand)

Special Birthday

Bengt Forslund (producer) is 85 today.

Graham Greene (actor) is 65 today.

Cinzia Monreal (actress) is 60 today.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1st Day of Summer 2017

Eastwood recalls childhood dream to 'pack a gun and ride a horse'

By Stephane Mahe

CANNES, France — Clint Eastwood was just like any other American boy growing up on the Westerns of the 1930s and ’40s, he told a seminar at the Cannes Film Festival where he recounted his rise to movie star and acclaimed director.

"Every kid wanted to be in a Western and every kid wanted to pack a gun and ride a horse," Eastwood, 86, told admirers at a master class he gave on the fringes of the festival.

"So as a kid I liked [Westerns] very much."

After playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's 'spaghetti Westerns' in the 1960s, Eastwood became "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the cop who broke all the rules.

"A lot of people thought it was politically incorrect," he said of "Dirty Harry," the 1971 film in which he points his .44 Magnum pistol at bad guys and asks them if they "feel lucky" before he pulls the trigger.

"That was at the beginning of the era that we're in now where everybody thinks everybody's politically correct and we're killing ourselves by doing that, but we've lost our sense of humor," he said of the film's critics.

"Anyway, I made it, I thought it was interesting, and it was daring at the time, and that was the only reason," Eastwood said. "Big guns: it was the ultimate kid's dream."

Special Birthdays

Michael Harvey (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 1995.

Mino Roli (screenwriter) is 90 today.