Page for January 24 - 30, 2015.

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


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.


Check out The Spaghetti Cinema blog.


Click here for the trailer for A MAN CALLED SLEDGE.


Brain Teasers:

In what Italian produced Western does the hero tie a crucifix to his gunhand before going into the final shootout?
No one has correctly named this film yet.

What character from classical literature was played on the screen by Walter Barnes, Livio Lorenzon, Mario Petri and Frank Finlay?
George Grimes and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Porthos of The Three Musketeers.

What character from classical literature was played on the screen by Rosemary Dexter, Claire Bloom, Jane Asher, Olivia Hussey and Claire Danes?
George Grimes, John Black, Charles Gilbert and Jackie S. knew that it was Juliet from William Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET.

Which actress, born on July 19, 1944 in Pakistan, appeared on the screen with Tony Anthony, Peter Lee Lawrence, George Peppard, Andrea Giordana and Giuliano Gemma?
George Grimes, Rick Garibaldi and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Rosemary Dexter.

Which actress, born on September 20, 1964 in Hong Kong, appeared on the screen with Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau, Yuen Biao and Jean-Pierre Leaud?
George Grimes knew that it was Maggie Cheung.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian stuntman and actor became the writer and director of an Italian Western?
The English version of which movie renames Maciste as Maxus?
In which Italian Western is Clint Eastwood called Manco?
Which Hong Kong movie was retitled RETURN OF THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS for U.S. home video?


Name the movies from which these images come.

Llewellyn H., Jackie S., Rick Garibaldi and George Grimes dentified last week's photo of Lee Van Cleef and Lo Lieh from THE STRANGER AND THE GUNFIGHTER, aka BLOOD MONEY.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's frame grab of Marliu Tolo in IL TRIONFO DI ERCOLE, aka THE TRIUMPH OF HERCULES, aka HERCULES VS. THE GIANT WARRIORS.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Richard Harris in director Michelangelo Antonionio's IL DESERTO ROSSO, aka RED DESERT.
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.


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 and Ric Meyers identified last week's photo from A TOUCH OF ZEN.
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.


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.


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:


Jane the Virgin episodes 1-4
Castle #140 "Private Eye Caramba!"

Mildly enjoyed:

Agent Carter episode 2

Did not enjoy:



Charles Gilbert recently watched:
LA CASA DEL TERROR (1960) In this black and white Mexican send-up of Universal's monster flicks Lon Chaney Jr. briefly plays a mummy who menaces no one until the bandages come off in the lab. Then, at full moon, he becomes 'el hombre del lobo'. The film is played for horror even though comic Tin Tan attempts to draw some smiles. Chaney speaks not a word throughout, and wears the hirsute makeup for the first and only time with pointed ears. The pretty face is Yolanda Varela who resembles Miss Louisiana 1952 Jeanne Vaughn. You can catch Ms. Vaughn in MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Her last television appearance was with Carol Burnett, both as guests on Gomer Pyle USMC
THE FULLER REPORT (1968) Ken Clark plays a racecar driver drawn into American-Soviet espionage in this banal attempt to capture the spy craze of the 60's. His mishaps take him from Stockholm to Zurich to London where he chases a pretty Russian (Beba Loncar) who resembles Tuesday Weld. The cinematographic depiction of the protagonist's kaleidoscopic view while drugged is otherwise quite effective. Ms. Loncar appeared in THE LONG SHIPS with Miss Alabama 1951 Jeanne Moody.


David Deal Enjoyed

LAPLAND ODYSSEY (10) - All-night road trip in a frozen landscape for a trio of slackers in search of a cable box. Funny and wise with good characters, likable actors, and that unique Finnish perspective.
THE MADONNA'S SECRET (46) - Republic thriller with Francis Lederer as a disturbed artist (perfect continental decadence) whose models/girlfriends keep ending up dead. Nice Gothic atmosphere shot by John "The Big Combo" Alton. Also features serial and western queen Linda Stirling.

Did Not Enjoy

THE DREAM OF ZORRO (52) - Vittorio Gassman plays a villain in this Italian tale of Zorro's effeminate son who becomes brave when hit on the head. Not funny.