Page for November 18 - 24, 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


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 to DEATH RIDES A HORSE.


Brain Teasers:

What was John Phillip Law told by the producer of DA UOMO A UOMO when he went for a costume fitting?
That he had to wear the same costume that Clint Eastwood wore for PER QUALCHE DOLLARI IN PIU.

Which Italian comedy writing team collaborated on one of the most successful Italian Westerns ever made?
No one has answered this question yet.

What is the real name for Italian director Stanley Lewis?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor, who played Hercules, died on November 7th, 2017?
Llwellyn H., George Grimes, Charles Gilbert and John Black knew that it was Brad Harris.

Which American actor, who made Westerns for Italian and German directors, was born on July 16, 1933?
George Grimes and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Brad Harris.

Which American actor made 11 films with director Gianfranco Parolini?
George Grimes and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Brad Harris.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which British actor, born in India, worked with directors Roberto Bianchi Montero, Gianfranco Parolini, Val Guest, Ken Annakin and Terence Young?
Which American actor, born in New York City, worked with directors Giorgio Cristallini, Mario Gariazzo, Sergio Garrone and Siro Marcellini?
By what name is Omar Hopkins better known?


Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Fernando Sancho in ARIZONA COLT, aka THE MAN FROM NOWHERE.
Can you name from what movie it came?

Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Brad Harris and Serge Gainsbourg in SANSONE, aka SAMSON.
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?

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!

John Black and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Toshiro Mifune in SANJURO.
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:


The first three episodes of The Long Road Home on National Geographic (2017)

The first two episodes of Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics (2017)

The fIfth episode of Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency season two (2017)

Active Shooter: America Under Fire "Oak Creek, Wisconsin" (2017)

History Uncovered "Secrets of Soviet Space Disasters" (1999)

The Big Bang Theory "The Tesla Recoil" (2017)

Young Sheldon "A Therapist, a Comic Book, and a Breakfast Sausage" (2017)

Mildly enjoyed:

South Park "Doubling Down" (2017)

South Park "Moss Piglets" (2017)

Did not enjoy:

DRUMS ACROSS THE RIVER (1954) Audie Murphy goes against his father Walter Brennan to help Lyle Bettger in trying to get at gold on Indian land, but soon finds that Bettger just wants to stir up trouble to cover a stagecoach robbery. Hugh O'Brian and Bob Steele join the bad guys while Lisa Gaye is the reward for Audie doing the right thing.

BERSERK (1967) - If you ever wanted to see Milton Reid in a song and dance number, this movie is for you.

PARANOIA (2013) - Gary Oldman blackmails Liam Hemsworth to spy on Harrison Ford only to discover that Ford manipulated both Oldman and Hemsworth into the situation. Thankfully, the F.B.I. comes to the rescue and Amber Heard may forgive Hemsworth in the end.


Charles Gilbert watched:

REVENGE OF THE GLADIATORS (1964) Mariska's dad Mickey Hargitay stars as Roman soldier Fabius who is son to, but contravenes papa General Renato Baldini, in the Roman court of emperor Renaldo Lupi. Mick and gladiator Benito Steffanelli and friends (including Aldo Canti) lead an effort to thwart a coupe for the throne. That scheme of overthrow involves a marriage of convenience to Jose Greci, or else an attack by Vandal barbarian hordes led by Livio Lorenzon and his son Mirko Ellis.

HIGH NOON (1952) B&W. I was disappointed in light of all the praise it's received. Never a fan of Grace Kelly.

WHITE HEAT (1949) B&W. Thanks to Hameish Kane who uploaded this on You Tube. Ranks as one of my favorite films ever. I don't have a copy but have seen it many times, and watched it twice just recently.The tension is relentless in this quintessential gangster movie starring the inimitable James Cagney, made that much better with the unctuous Steve Cochran and the riveting noir Max Steiner score.

KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE (1950) B&W. Produced by William Cagney, once again brother James Cagney escapes from prison with the aid of cellmate Neville Brand, who is killed in the process, and takes up with deceased's sister Barbara Payton, whom he double-times with Helena Carter, daughter of the most influential man in the state. On the lam, with an alias, his sinister smarm continues as he schemes capers incorporating detective inspector Ward Bond using blackmail.

OTHER MEN'S WOMEN (1931) B&W. Exceptional picture resolution in this early talkie with happy-go-lucky philanderer Grant Withers dallying with Mary Astor, wife of pal railroad fireman Regis Toomey, right under his nose. Their relationship becomes a train wreck...literally. A brawl on duty leads to blindness for the cuckold. Generous shots of the old iron maidens of rail and impressive use of miniatures for the flood sequence near the end involving bridge collapse. Cagney and Joan Blondell in supporting roles.

MACHINE GUN KELLY (1958) B&W. Nicholson-Arkoff cheapie at the direction of Roger Corman. Charles Bronson as bank robber Kelly advances to kidnapping where he's ratted out by Morey Amsterdam. Susan Cabot as his moll lived an even more tragic life than her character in this noir.

Television series The Untouchables SE02E07. 'The Purple Gang'. Steve Cochran shows up in this episode as Eddie Fletcher, leader of the infamous gang in Detroit, that kidnaps other gangsters knowing they can't go to the police for help.


David Deal Enjoyed:


GUN BELT (53) - Ex-bad guy George Montgomery must undertake a complicated plan to clear himself from a frame up by his current bad guy brother. A good, exciting but overly-plotted western.

SHE DEVIL (57) - Mad doctors Jack Kelly and Albert Dekker turn a doomed Mari Blanchard into a mad killer who can change her appearance. Entertaining sci-fi noir.



Mildly Enjoyed

MATALO KILL! (71) - The saga of a group of killers (including Luis Davila) stuck in a metaphorical ghost town with a Christ-like figure (Lou Castel) who settles accounts. A hippie western from Cesare Canevari whose Hyena in the Safe is worth checking out. There is some interesting and modern stuff here visually and aurally, but the stoner sensibilities rob it of any urgency let alone profundity.

COLPO ROVENTE (70) - When an underworld figure is murdered on the street, cop Michael Reardon goes undercover to solve the case. Or does he? Piero Zuffi's deconstructed crime drama is better appreciated as an art project with wild set pieces, a killer soundtrack from Piero Piccioni, and a talent for obfuscation.

FUEGO (68) - Another sexed up Isabel Sarli soap opera from hubby Armando Bo. A hoot.