Page for January 19 - 25, 2019.

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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Check out The Spaghetti Cinema blog.

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Click here for Adam and the Ants doing "Jolly Roger".

Click here for Ennio Morricone's theme for 7 GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS.

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Brain Teasers:

Which tune from an Italian Western was used by Adam and the Ants for an hit single?
Adam and the Ants took the theme from SETTE PISTOLE PER I MACGREGOR to make "Jolly Roger".

Which American who appeared in Italian Westerns is a great-nephew of an United States Navy Admiral?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which Italian actor used the name "Steve Elliot"?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which Italian based stuntman got clobbered by Mang Hoi with nunchuka in KIDNAP IN ROME?
George Grimes knew that it was Goffredo Unger.

Which Italian actor used the name "Paul Sullivan"?
No one has answered this one yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

On what film did Tony Anthony and Dimitri Tiomkin work?
For what Western did producer Dimitri Tiomkin offer a role to Tony Anthony?
What is the name of the actor who spits in FISTFUL OF DOLLARS when Clint Eastwood suggests that the four men apologize for insulting his mule?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from GLI SPECIALISTI, aka THE SPECIALIST.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

Charles Gilbert and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Milton Reid, Helga Line, and Dan Vadis in the distance is from GLI INVINCIBILI DIECI GLADIATORI, aka SPARTACUS AND THE TEN GLADIATORS.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Giacomo Rossi Stuart in LA MORTE VIENE DAL PIANETA AYTIN, aka SNOW DEVILS.
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!

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from SWORDSMAN.
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:

THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET (2013)

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. "Grandparents and Other Strangers" w/Andy Samberg and George R.R. Martin

Mildly enjoyed:

We'll Meet Again "Korea Brothers In Arms"

We'll Meet Again "Escape From Cuba"

We'll Meet Again "The Fight For Women's Rights"

KUNG-FU COMMANDOS (1982) - Here's a World War 2 commando story twisted to fit Warlord era China. A mercenary is hired to turn a motley group of five men into a fighting unit to rescue a political prisoner in a fort. There are bits here that remind one of MASSACRE AT FORT HOLMAN or THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE but with an incredibly catchy music score - credited to Mou Shan Huang - that seems a cross between "Ole Turkey Buzzard" from MACKENNA'S GOLD and the theme music from BORN LOSERS. This is silly nonsense, but the action is good, the characters are appealing and the pace is unflagging. It's hard to believe that director Hsin Yi Chang is the same fellow who made the dreadful STRUGGLE THROUGH DEATH. John Liu stars and gets to show his stuff here. Reportedly this was Alexander Lo's first film, but it is easy to see why he soon became a star.

Did not enjoy:

ELOISE (2017) - Four friends break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. So what did they think would happen? This is an incredibly ineffective thriller no matter how dark the lighting gets. Eliza Dushku fans will find nothing to enjoy here.

TRIGGER JR. (1950) - Roy Rogers and his traveling Western show decide to rest at the ranch of Col. Harkrider (George Cleveland), who once co-owned the carnival with Roy's father. The colonel's daughter, Kay (Dale Evans), hopes that the visiting performers will reinvigorate her father, and that he will again go out with the circus. Meanwhile, the villanous Manson (Grant Withers) doesn't destroy the stallion that kills other horses in a bid to decimate the herds of neighboring ranches. He targets the Harkrider Ranch and the stallion kills Harkrider's prize stallion. Trigger Jr. rushes to drive the killer away, but the killer gets the upper hand in the fight. Trigger arrives to help, but gets clobbered and goes blind. Will Trigger regain his sight? Will Harkrider's son Larry get over his fear of horses and ride again? Dubbed the Phantom by the newspaper, will the killer horse be stopped? Will Harkrider get the show biz bug again and rejoin the circus? Will Roy Rogers be able to corral all of the bad guys without killing any?

DUDE COWBOY (1941) - An engraver for the U.S. Mint is kidnapped while on vacation. Tim McCoy is pressed into service by the Secret Service to find the engraver and stop the counterfeit bills that are showing up near a Dude Ranch. With the help of two friends whose medicine show business goes bust, our hero goes to the Dude Ranch and after three or four songs save the engraver and his daughter and arrest the bad guys.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN (2016) - Figuring that a great story of survival could be sold to pay off their debts, two brothers pretend that one is lost in the wilderness. Things get complicated when the police chief (Cary Elwes) becomes convinced that the one brother killed the missing one, and the gangster (Jason Momoa) to whom the missing brother owes money begins to beat on the one brother. The missing brother is found, but has a change of heart and doesn't want to sell the story. The police chief sets out to prove that the disappearance was faked, while the brothers fight over the heart of the police chief's daughter, who was the person who came up with the fake survival story idea in the first place. I guess the Alaska authorities were pleased that someone wanted to make a movie in their state, but did they really think this was a good movie to help finance?

THE GREAT CONQUEROR'S CONCUBINE (1994) - Stephen Shin based his film on the history of the struggle between the Chu faction and the Han faction after the fall of the Qin dynasty. If you want spectacle, this has got it, with masses of extras in period costumes running here and there - often on horseback with massive flags fluttering. What you don't get is involving drama. Envyous of Rosamund Kwan's husband, Gong Li advises her husband on how to defeat the Chu and become the founder of the Han Dynasty.

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David Deal enjoyed:

FOOTSTEPS IN THE NIGHT (57)

DARKEST HOUR (17)

DANCE OF DEATH (60) - Felix Martin is officially Simon Templar, the Saint, in this stylish French adaptation of a Leslie Charteris crime thriller. The Saint is hired by a millionaire whose life is threatened by the gang of a mobster he circumstantially helped the cops kill. It's much more complicated than that and features not one but three beautiful suspects. There's plenty of Gothic atmosphere including a scene where Templar is trapped inside a tomb in an old Paris cemetery, and a grisly murder by car radiator fan. Martin lacks the suavity of Roger Moore but the film is none the less for it.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS (1965) Bert I. Gordon blends his giants with teen shenanigans. I viewed this on a Svengoolie presentation (obscured on my tv by winter storm warnings...not a viewing problem in southern Cal.) . Just how did Johnny Crawford manage to get suspended from oversized Joy Harmon's top? (the gal washing her car in COOL HAND LUKE). Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon is one of the music acts in the movie and appears in an interm to the show, now aged, playing to an audience with seeming limited appreciation for his performance due to the generation gap.

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (1976) Based on actual murders in Texarkana 1946 famed texas ranger J. D. Morales (Ben Johnson) renders his expertise to solve the case. Story is woven with some Keystone cop humor in a script by Chuck Pierce (SUDDEN IMPACT 1983)

SLAVE QUEEN OF BABYLON (1963) Most unusual ending for star crossed royal lovers Yvonne Furneaux and John (Honey West) Erickson. Alfio Caltabiano plays his friend and stands in for Erickson during fight scenes.

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Mike Eustace saw these Spanish films on Netflix:

SIETE ANOS: Four people who run a successful company have been siphoning money into Swiss bank accounts, but now they know the Inland Revenue is after them. They agree that one of them will take the rap and go down for seven years, whilst the others keep the company going. How do they decide who goes down? They hire a mediator. It gets nasty.

THE BAR: Bunch of people in a Madrid bar, Monday morning. One guy storms out because his sandwich is late, and gets shot on the pavement. Where's the sniper, why are the streets suddenly deserted? Another guy goes out to help him and is instantly shot. Then some black vehicles with guys in tactical gear pull up outside the bar, throw down tyres and set them alight. Then speed off. The customers put on the TV news to see what's going on. News says there's a fire in downtown Madrid, and fireman are trying to control it. Advises people to stay away. What next?

WHEN ANGELS SLEEP: Tired businessman driving through the night falls asleep at the wheel. A bump wakens him up. There's a girl lying at the side of the road, barely alive. Did he hit her? He sees a second girl hiding in the woods and tries to get her to help him, but she's scared and runs away. He runs after her to calm her down and get her to help. But she's terrified and thinks he wants to kill her. Maybe he should?

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: True story about how a former spy embezzles 1.5 billion out of the Spanish Government because they cut him loose.

NOTHING TO HIDE: Dinner party to celebrate an eclipse. They decide to play the game where they leave their cellphones on the table, and answer all calls to prove they've nothing to hide. Turns out they don't really know each other that well, and they've everything to hide. This is a Spanish version of an Italian movie called Perfect Strangers.

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