Page for February 6 - 12, 2016.

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 original Italian version of LA VENDETTA DI ERCOLE, as shown on Italian TV.


Brain Teasers:

What was Mark Forest's first feature film?
It was LA VENDETTA DI ERCOLE, aka THE REVENGE OF HERCULES. This was re-edited and had additional scenes added to become GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON.

Which director did Reg Park say made him feel like he was actually Hercules?
No one has answered this question yet.

What was the first Italian movie starring Gordon Scott?
No one has answered this one yet.

For which Dario Argento film was Liv Ullman reportedly considered?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which Italian actress was born June 19, 1938 in Forli, Italy?
George Grimes knew that it was Rosalba Neri.

Which Italian actress worked with directors Michele Lupo, Steve Carver, Jess Franco, Mel Welles, Gianfranco Baldanello and Romolo Guerrieri?
George Grimes knew that it was Rosalba Neri.

Which Italian film director was the son of a film director, the nephew of a film director and the brother of a film actor?
George Grimes knew that it was Enzo G. Castellari, aka Enzo Girolami.

Which Chinese film actor did the voice for a Dreamworks animated short playing a character voiced by his father in feature films?
George Grimes knew that it was Jaycee Chan.

And now for some new brain teasers:

What movie features three American actors, who appeared in Westerns made in Spain, alongside Dan Dailey and Marilyn Monroe?
Which Italian film director was born in Massa Marittima, Italy on August 6, 1931, and directed his first feature film in 1958?
Which Italian film actress was born in Trani, Italy on April 2, 1935 and appeared in a 1955 feature film as Miss Italy?
Which 2006 Japanese film portrays the classic tale of Chunshingura with a rather ironic tone?


Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes, Rick Garibaldi and Richard Oravitz identified last week's photo of William Berger in OGGI A ME... DOMANI A TE!, aka TODAY TO ME TOMORROW TO YOU, aka TODAY IT'S ME TOMORROW IT'S YOU, aka TODAY WE KILL TOMORROW WE DIE.
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 Marilu Tolo in IL TRIONFO DI ERCOLE, aka THE TRIUMPH OF HERCULES.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

David Deal identified last week's frame grab of Henry Silva in ASSASSINATION.
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 identified last week's photo of Tomisaburo Wakayama and Shintaro Katsu in THE TALE OF ZATOICHI CONTINUES.
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:


Bosch season one on Amazon Prime

Mildly enjoyed:

The first four episodes of Angie Tribeca
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
THE REDHEAD AND THE COWBOY - A rather athletic Glenn Ford partners with Rhonda Fleming in this Civil War spy flick.
The Vikings season two
The Passion: Religion and the Movies

Did not enjoy:

TICKET TO TOMAHAWK - I've never seen a locomotive pulled by animals across the plains.


David Deal enjoyed:
THE KILLER LIKES CANDY (68) - A Eurospy flick with Kerwin Mathews, a likable leading man. Fans of the genre will find some satisfaction with it. This one features the old ice bullet trick from Ring Around the World.
RED MOUNTAIN (51) - Liked this historical western set at the tail end of the Civil War. Alan Ladd is set to join up with Quantrill who is out west stirring up the Indians when he falls for a miner's wife who sets him straight.


Charles Gilbert watched:

SWORD OF THE CONQUEROR (1961) Guy Madison vs. Jack Palance vying for both the throne and Eleanor Rossi Drago. Andrea Bosic in a colorless role as her father the king.
REVOLT OF THE PRAETORIANS (1964) That indefatigable sword wielding southpaw Richard Harrison, here a Roman guard moonlighting as a Zorro-like avenger cloaked with a wolf's skin and mask, is aided by acrobatic Guiliano Gemma once again; this time against blonde Caesar Piero Lulli. Moira Orfei sports various colored, green, and blue.
CANDY (1968) Decadently neurotic farce fraught with off color innuendo from the nihilistic hippie era. Serial lotharios impose their prurience with giddy hormonal flourish on a flaky affectedly naiive teen blonde in the most ridiculous of circumstances throughout her odyssey. Shameful embarrassing performances especially by Richard Burton, Ringo Starr, James Coburn, Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, John Astin, and John Huston. I remember classmates raving about this film my junior year in high school in 1968, but I just viewed it for the first time this week. Curious to see Sugar Ray Robinson, Marilou Tolo, and Enzo Fiermonte take part.
GOR (1987) Another Cannon Films attempt at peplum incorporating sci-fi. Oliver Reed costars and Jack Palance appears in the last 10 minutes. Reuses musical score from HERCULES (1983).