Page for May 27 - June 2, 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 a two minute biography of Marilu Tolo in Italian.


Brain Teasers:

Charles Gilbert asks, "Which Italian actress born January 16, 1944 in Rome, shared the screen with Timothy Dalton on an American TV show in 1979"?
George Grimes knew that it was Marilu Tolo on an episode of Charlie's Angels.

Charles Gilbert asks, "Which French actress born March 5, 1920 made a film with Steve Cochran in 1950 and ten years later with Mark Forest? She died in Rome in 1972."
George Grimes knew that it was Gaby Andre.

Which Italian film director worked with Orson Wells, Victor Mature, Alan Ladd, Mark Damon and Tony Anthony?
George Grimes and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Ferdinando Baldi.

In which Shaw Brothers film is the villain constructing an Hundred Sword House?
No one has answered this one yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Charles Gilbert asks, "Which Italian director was credited as Al Bradley in his later films?"
Which Italian director worked with Mark Forest, Richard Harrison, Don Backy, Tomas Arana and Richard Roundtree?
Which two Italian actors, veterans of Westerns and Thrillers, appeared in a film exposing the Stalinist show trials?
Which 1946 born Taiwanese actress ended her career in 1987?


Name the movies from which these images come.

No one has identified the above photo yet.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Belinda Lee in MESSALINA.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from director Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY.
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!

Jackie S. and George Grimes identified last week's photo from FIVE SHAOLIN MASTERS, aka FIVE MASTERS OF DEATH.
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:

Highly enjoyed:

COMPARTIMENT TUEURS, aka THE SLEEPING CAR MURDER (1965) - Director Costa-Gavras delivers an intelligent and fast-moving version of Sebastien Japrisot's novel with an excellent all-star cast.

Z (1969)



Season one of Brockmire on IFC

The first four episodes of the new Twin Peaks.

Mildly enjoyed:

Season one of Guerrilla on Showtime

Did not enjoy:

THE RIDE BACK (1957) - William Conrad was the original Marshal Dillon on the Radio, but seeing him in this makes is plain why he never got leading roles in movies and TV (before Cannon). Needless to say, Anthony Quinn acts up a storm as the man Conrad is trying to take back to the U.S. from Mexico to face a murder rap. Will the little girl survivor of an Apache raid hinder their trip?

OLD 37 (2015) - This is a rather recent Alan Smithee effort, so one can't help but think that the behind-the-scenes story is more interesting than the on-the-screen mess. A psycho paramedic passes on his penchant for murder to his two boys, who decide to get revenge on the reckless-driving high schoolers that ran over their mother. Meanwhile, our heroine, played by Miley Cyrus' half-sister. thinks that a make-over will finally convince that special boy to pay attention to her.

HOUSE OF BLOOD (2006) - Dan van Husen completists have to wait until about an hour into this flick for him to appear, and then they will have to suffer as he contends with the same awful dialog and nonsensical plotting as everyone else laboring here. A German film shot in English that tries to pass for being set in Washington State where at least three prison bus drivers are incredibly incompetent and no one seems to find Detective Jurgen Prochnow's heavy accent odd. The female lead, Martina Ittenbach, was, at one time, the director's wife. The director, Olaf Ittenbach, is also the special effects makeup guy so splatter is the main excuse for this movie being made.

THE LEGEND OF ALFRED PACKER (1980) - This is more realistic than CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL, but it is also a whole lot less entertaining. Jaime Mendoza-Nava's music is rather grand, as if the composer thought he was doing a Magnificent Seven sequel, though the opening theme sounds like it wants to become "Classical Gas".

THE LAST TIME I COMMITTED SUICIDE (1997) - Neal Cassady, ON THE ROAD and Bebop Jazz mean just about nothing to me, but I'll watch just about anything featuring Amy Smart. Here she gets a few minutes on-screen. Also seen is Alexandra Holden in an even smaller bit part while Claire Forlani and Gretchen Mol have the substantial female roles. Most of the movie is taken up with Thomas Jane and Keanu Reeves yakking which proves not to be very interesting. Adrien Brody and John Doe also appear.

Men At Work The Complete First Season Disc 1 Episodes 1-5 (2012) - As further evidence that I will watch just about anything featuring Amy Smart, I got this disc from Netflix. The first episode opens with Amy breaking up with Danny Masterson. After 90 seconds she is gone from the series and so went my interest... though Meredith Hagner is very attractive.

ARTIC PREDATOR, aka FROST GIANT (2010) - Imagine THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD crossed with PREDATOR featuring awful CGI effects and Dean Cain.



INTO THE BADLANDS (1991) - Three short stories kind of slammed together do not a satisfying feature film make. A pre-Mad About You Helen Hunt is very appealing and Bruce Dern is very entertaining however.

THE LIBRARIAN 2: RETURN TO KING SOLOMON'S MINES (2006) - With a script this by-the-numbers, this TV movie can not sustain interest even with actors as charming as Gabrielle Anwar.


David Deal Enjoyed:

FEARLESS FUZZ (77) - AKA Fatal Charm, Fearless, Magnum Cop, Detective, etc. Finally a decent presentation of this Stelvio Massi/Maurizio Merli/Joan Collins giallo from Cult Action. This is a film that grows on one. This time I was impressed with the Vienna locations and Merli's talent for light comedy. The soundtrack is Wish You Were Here-era Pink Floyd-inspired.


Mildly Enjoyed

A TALE OF TALES (16) - Three Italian fairy tales weaved together: A barren queen takes supernatural steps to produce an heir, a flea-obsessed king finds a husband for his daughter, and two sisters respond to the romantic overtures of their king. This finely crafted film is overlong and ultimately unpleasant.

THE 13TH MAN (37) - The city's tough DA fingers several criminals to be his 13th arrest and conviction but is shortly murdered for his trouble. This Monogram radio journalism-based mystery sports a comely leading lady in Inez Courtney and Milburn Stone as a doomed bridegroom but not much else really.

THE CURSE OF DEMON MOUNTAIN (77) - AKA The Shadow of Chikara. A group of Confederate soldiers brave a mysterious and haunted mountain in search of hidden gold. One shot directing credit for writer Earl Smith (The Town that Dreaded Sundown) features Joe Don Baker, Sandra Locke, and Ted (Jesus Christ Superstar) Neely. Not all bad but not that great.


FANTASTIC ARGOMAN (67) - Super-powered costumed hero Argoman (Roger Browne) woos and ultimately defeats the self-appointed Queen of the World (Dominique Boschero) in this fumetti-based romp. Definitely influenced Danger: Diabolik but this does not have the magnetism of the leads or the ingenuity of Mario Bava,



Charles Gilbert watched:

WAR OF THE PLANETS (1977) English actor John Richardson swaps his atavist caveman fur for a futuristic uniform to portray a space commander in this Nais Production. His mission with his crew is to travel to an unknown planet later discovered to be ruled by a ruthless robot that looks like an oversized slot machine, has been signalling Earth, and has enslaved the resident Spock-eared humanoid inhabitants. With Yanti Sommer, Charles Borromel, Jacques Stany, and Aldo Canti in heavy makeup. Alfonso Brescia directed this and four other similar space flicks.