Page for July 22 - 28, 2017.

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 the trailer to THE HONEYMOON KILLERS.

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Brain Teasers:

Can you name three connections to Italian Cinema to be found in THE HONEYMOON KILLERS (1970)?
George Grimes picked Tony Lo Bianco of MEAN FRANK AND CRAZY TONY, Shirley Stoler of SEVEN BEAUTIES and Ann Harris who appeared with Tony Anthony in the American film WITHOUT EACH OTHER. John Black suggested Martin Scorsese, who was the original director on this production, and Tony Lo Bianco. Neither Ann Harris or Martin Scorsese have worked in the Italian Cinema from my perspective. So there is still one connection to be made. Can you make it?

Which actor replaced Bruce Lee in a movie Golden Harvest was preparing when Lee died?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor who made an Italian Western also did a World War 2 movie with Lloyd Bridges?
George Grimes, Rick Garibaldi and John Black knew that it was Dan Duryea in SAHARA.

Can you name an Italian actor who starred in both Sword and Sandal films and Westerns but was born in a town now part of Croatia?
George Grimes knew that it was Gianni Garko.

Which Italian actress has been romanced by both James Bond and Napoleon Solo?
George Grimes and John Black knew that it was Luciana Paluzzi.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Reportedly why did James Mason agree to make BAD MAN'S RIVER?
Reportedly who did producer Jose G. Maesso want to play THE BOUNTY KILLER in EL PRECIO DE UN HOMBRE?
Which actress, born in Poland and who appeared in a Western shot in Spain, died in a fire in 1976?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

Richard Oravitz and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Eduardo Fajardo in EL HOMBRE DE RIO MALO, aka BAD MAN'S RIVER.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo from SANSONE aka SAMSON.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from CATERINA DI RUSSIA, aka CATHERINE OF RUSSIA.
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 photo from LADY STEEL.
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:

Highly enjoyed:

Band of Brothers (2001) - I finally got the wife to watch this 10 hour HBO mini-series by fast-forwarding through the scenes featuring David Schwimmer. I didn't know that Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hardy, Simon Pegg and James McAvoy were in this.

Enjoyed:

Kate! The Making of an Icon (2011) - This is a documentary examining how and why Kate Moss became "the idol of an entire generation".

Africans In America: America's Journey Through Slavery (1998) This is an excellent 4 part PBS series that is incredibly depressing.

Mildly enjoyed:

DANGER ROUTE (1967) - I had big hopes for this when this was first announced. I loved DEADLIER THAN THE MALE with Richard Johnson and DANGER ROUTE promised appearances by three actresses at which I loved to look: Carol Lynley, Barbara Bouchet and Sylvia Syms. Produced by Amicus, the film was obviously low-budget and the script not particularly innovative.

THE GOOD THIEF (2002) - A less-clever-than-it-thinks remake of director Jean-Pierre Melville's BOB LE FLAMBEUR was not necessary, but there was pleasure to be had in staring at Nutsa Kukhianidze.

Did not enjoy:

SOME GIRLS DO (1969) - I've been a fan of DEADLIER THAN THE MALE since I saw it in 1967. I was astounded to find out that there was a sequel, but after watching it I am not surprised that I hadn't heard much of it. Despite being made by the same people as DEADLIER THAN THE MALE - director Ralph Thomas, writer David Osborn and star Richard Johnson - SOME GIRLS DO is dreadful. Obviously the success of DEADLIER THAN THE MALE was a fluke which they could not replicate. Partly this may be the fault of trying to push the novelty of a pair of female assassins too far and introducing the idea of robotizing women to create an small army of female assassins. Partly this may be the fault of introducing Sydne Rome who is incredibly annoying as Flicky. Partly this may be because they did not get Nigel Green back to play the villain Carl Petersen. (It wasn't until I saw this a second time that I realized that James Villiers was supposed to be playing the same character.) Mostly, though, I think this was the fault of the filmmakers deciding on an incredibly episodic structure to the plot so that they could include a string of "cool" sports like hang-gliding, plane-gliding and motorboat racing. And by making the hero completely oblivious to the carnage and death all around him. How could someone make a movie featuring such lovely women as Daliah Lavi, Beba Loncar, Vanessa Howard, Sydne Rome, Virginia North and Yutte Stensgaard and completely fail to have a single erotic moment?

LA HORDE, aka THE HORDE (2009) - The premise of a team of cops attacking a drug den and then having to join forces with the criminals when they find themselves in the middle of the zombie apocalyse sounds like fun. It isn't fun when all of the characters here are blithering idiots.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

A STAR IN THE DUST (1956). Reluctant sheriff John Agar must hang Richard Boone as local rancher/banker Leif Erickson schemes for his jail break. The real menace is the running ballad 'Blast Their Hide'. A young Clint Eastwood makes a brief walk-on uncredited as in REVENGE OF THE CREATURE. Co- stars Mamie Van Doren, Randy Stuart, Colleen Gray, Paul Fix and Harry Morgan.

FLESH AND THE SPUR (1957 B&W. Rancher John Agar sets out to find the killer of his twin brother, and runs into Touch (Mike) Conners when he's rescuing Indian maiden Marla English from one of the Checker gang who's trying his best to drown her. Chipmunks' Ross Bagdasarian delivers the ballad in this bland oater. The line "for a dollar" is delivered several times when the two practice drawing on each other.

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David Deal Enjoyed:

"the article by Mike Eustace about visiting Almeria in SC #71. Can't believe he stumbled into the making of a Lee Van Cleef movie! Very cool indeed."

DAY OF ANGER (67) - Reading Roberto Curti's interesting book on Tonino Valerii.

FOR YOU I DIE (48) - Trustee Paul Langton (The Incredible Shrinking Man) is forced into a prison break and ends up at an out-of-the-way gas station/motel peopled with well-defined supporting characters. German-born director John Reinhardt put together a sharp and stylish noir that should be more highly regarded than it is. Mischa Auer and Cathy Downs contribute.

Mildly Enjoyed

THE HAT-BOX MYSTERY (47) - A phoney client talks a PI's secretary into taking a picture of his wayward wife with a camera hidden in a hat box. Trouble is, the camera is really a gun. Tom Neal is the PI who eventually figures everything out, and Allen Jenkins is his sidekick. Lambert Hillyer (Dracula's Daughter) directed this implausible mystery where Neal & co. break the fourth wall to introduce themselves at the beginning of the film. Generally weak.

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