Page for December 20 - 26, 2014.

The purpose of this page is to find others with a shared interest in these kinds of movies. Please drop me a line with comments or questions about
Italian and Spanish action movies,
or Martial Arts fight flicks.
William Connolly

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Contents: Trivia Game (below),
Recent Viewings (below),
Unanswered Questions and Requests,
Stuff For Sale or Trade,
Stuff I'm Looking For,
Some of my favorite films,
and Links.

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Click here for a new Harley-Davidson Road Glide commercial. Blink and you'll miss Roger Browne standing by a desert gas station in it.

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Brain Teasers:

What English pop song features a tune stolen from Ennio Morricone's music for the MacGregor movies?
Rick Garibaldi now knows that it is Adam and the Ants' "Jolly Roger".

For what professional football team did Walter Barnes play?
George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi knew that it was the Philadelphia Eagles.

For which production did Walter Barnes relocate to Europe?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which British actress, known for appearing in Italian Sword and Sandal films, reportedly attempted suicide due to a love affair with an Italian prince?
No one has answered this questin yet.

Which film directed by Akira Kurosawa was remade as a Bruce Willis starrer?
George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi knew that it was LAST MAN STANDING, a remake of YOJIMBO.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian Western star had a father who was a Formula 1 champion?
Can you name three Italian Western stars who have appeared in movies featuring Lee Majors?
Which American Western ends with a character saying that he moved to Europe to make Spaghetti Westerns?
Which Hong Kong movie star was born in 1946 with the name Tam Fu Wing?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

Llewellyn H., Rick Garibaldi and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Anthony Steffen and Gianni Garko in BLOOD AT SUNDOWN.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

No one has identified the above photo yet.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo from MA FEMME EST UN VIOLON, aka SECRET FANTASY. Is an uncut full-length DVD of this available anywhere?
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?


Issue #78 of SPAGHETTI CINEMA is now available.
In it, Mike Eustace continues his essay on Sword and Sandal flicks, "Nights of Pleasure... Days of Strife", with a look at "The Unchaining of Hercules".
Mike also writes about his adventures in Spain finding all of the shooting locations for A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS.

SPAGHETTI CINEMA

A fanzine investigating Italian and Spanish popular cinema, S.C. began publication in 1984 and continues to come out as often as possible.
From Hercules to The Man With No Name; from I VAMPIRI to CEMETARY MAN - S.C. offers research and opinion on the kinds of movies which excited us as children and continues to fascinate under more mature scrutiny.

For a list of back issues and ordering information
click here.
Trivia questions welcomed!

Jackie S. and George Grimes identified last week's photo from THE NEW ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN, aka TRIPLE IRONS.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?


M.A.M.A. #54 is available with Michael Reid's exhaustive listing of movies, TV and anime based on the Shinsengumi; including THE LAST SAMURAI, GOHATTO, Samurai X, THE MAN WHO KILLED RYOMA, TENGU TO, BAND OF ASSASSINS and ASSASSINATION. Mike Eustace also continues to comment on recent Celestial DVD releases of old Shaw Brothers movies.
For ordering information, click on "drop me a line" below.

MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE ASSOCIATES

A 20 page photocopy journal investigating Asian action films, M.A.M.A. began publication in 1985.

For a list of back issues and ordering information
click here.
Trivia questions welcomed.

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I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please drop me a line if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:

Enjoyed:

DON'T LOOK BACK by D.A. Pennebaker
Bob Dylan 1965 Revisited
FESTIVAL
NO DIRECTION HOME
A&E Biography "Bob Dylan"

The Big Bang Theory #171 "The Clean Room Infiltration"

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David Deal Enjoyed

V FOR VENDETTA (06) - Revisited this after a few years. It's stylish and subversive, if a bit long, but the message is timeless.
DEATH ON THE FOURPOSTER (64) - Decadent modern Gothic features a bevy of Euro-hipsters gathered in Michele Lemoine's fab castle for a seance with psychic John Drew Barrymore. A sexy party with J&B, cool jazz, and murder! I'd only seen this once before but it holds up nicely.
DEATH IS NIMBLE, DEATH IS QUICK (66) - This third entry in the Kommissar X series features that duel to the death between Brad Harris and kick-ass karate villain Dan Vadis. Fun.

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Charles Gilbert Recently watched:
STAR PILOT (1964)
Helmed by HERCULES (1958) director Pietro Francisci in Italy this seminal sci-fi sleeper proved to influence a generation of Desilu/Paramount brokers for Television City in Hollywood during the mid 1960's.
Star Leonoro Ruffo was given wallflower roles in GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON and HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD. But here in STAR PILOT she takes center stage as the determined and articulate commander of an alien rocketship that she imbeds in a cave serving as her command post on earth to attract some intelligent earthlings that she shanghais for a noble (as it turns out) galactic mission. Kirk Morris and Alfio Caltabiano appear in secondary roles (atypical for Morris especially) as her faithful security force/technicians dressed in skullcap space suits. Flirty and fun loving earth girl Leontine May (the scientist's daughter) and Ruffo, both in leggy outfit and trendy space age hair buns, steal the show with their European pulchritude. Apropos to the influence on Hollywood, the nouveau costume design for the gals served apparently as the inspiration for the seductive female attire adopted by the designers of the tv series Star Trek, who proffered some equally alluring eye candy. Of course there's some intergalactic romance, spawned by the '60s jetset zeitgeist. Kirk Morris and Leontine May make for an attractive cosmic couple.
But is this the same Leontine May that appeared in TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS? I don't believe the most extensive plastic surgery could make the same woman look so different. It might be a case of two actresses using the same name (ala - Who is the real Peter White?). I had to re-watch TotTG for a closer look. As I came to my conclusion that it's not the same actress, I also noticed anew some trivia about Dan Vadis (his physical condition).
Near the end of TRIUMPH, in the scene of the ruined shrines where the masked crusader reveals herself to the gang, Vadis can be seen limping, and wearing a bandage around his right knee; a visual facet not included in the plot. I also noticed, as athletic as he was, he experienced difficulty scaling a wall by rope in frames prior to that. Aldo Canti beat him to the top on another rope even with a head start from Vadis. He (Vadis) must have suffered an injury in an action scene, but persevered for shooting, Nick Nostro (the director) figuring no one would notice. Speculation.
OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
Not what I expected, but should have been, looking back from BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN with James Whale directing. This early Universal horror posed a bellwether dark dry comedy with Ernest Thesiger, hair slicked back this time, ruminating the script with his take on religion, like referring to the practice of saying grace before a meal as a "tribal ritual". And since when does a newly introduced couple fall in love in an old dark house? Karloff just grunts.
THE UNDYING MONSTER (1942)
Prior to reading the review, since I'd only recently became aware of this 20th Century Fox release, I didn't expect this to be a lycanthropy tale. There's a line in HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (which I've seen multiple times) where Boris Karloff as Dr. Niemann searching for the Frankenstein records, discovers the Frankenstein monster encased in ice, and declares "the undying monster". The Wolfman was nearby, also encased in ice, but Karloff/Niemann was describing the other. Well in this stylish ripoff of Universal's introduction of Larry Talbot (THE WOLFMAN), the werewolf is seen only near the end of the film, and then from long shots. He gets just close enough before his demise, the viewer can discern his identity. B-western star James Ellison leads the cast as the persistent inspector with a voice similar to actor John Crawford (the Mayor of San Francisco in THE ENFORCER). The chiaroscuro sets representing a Welsh mansion by the rocky seacoast with grotesque trees, are superior to any I've seen from Universal, but the rest of the production is rather pedestrian.

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