Page for September 20 - 26, 2014.

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 LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (1959).


Brain Teasers: With which actor did director Sergio Corbucci make more movies: Franco Nero or Steve Reeves?
John Black figured out that it was Steve Reeves. While both Nero and Reeves were jealous of Corbucci's attention to their co-stars - Nero of Milian and Reeves of Scott, Reeves continued to work with Corbucci making: THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII (Corbucci reportedly directed the location work in Spain while Leone directed the studio work in Italy), DUEL OF THE TITANS, SON OF SPARTACUS and a cameo in THE SHORTEST DAY.

Which assistant director has claimed credit in interviews for Franco Nero getting the role of DJANGO?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which American film writer put together a video documentary called NINJAMANIA?
No one has answered this one yet.

In which Italian Western does our heroine hide her baby under the bed before being kidnapped by the outlaw gang. And when she returns about a day later the baby is still under the bed seemingly none the worse?
No one has answered this question yet.

What is the better known name for the actress born as Edoarda Wessellovsky?
George Grimes knew that it was Edy Vessel of LA GUERRA DI TROIA, aka THE TROJAN HORSE.

Which Italian film director made one movie with Steve Reeves, four movies with Giuliano Gemma and one movie with Ray Danton?
George Grimes knew that it was Giorgio Ferroni, aka Calvin Jackson Padget.

Which perfectly respectable Italian made ancient history fantasy got saddle with the title BONDAGE GLADIATOR SEXY?
George Grimes knew that it was LE BACCANTI, aka THE BACCHANTES.

Can you name a movie inwhich Jackie Chan plays a lawyer?
George Grimes and Jackie S. knew that it was DRAGONS FOREVER.

And now for some new brain teasers:

In what movie did two actors from LE FATICHE DI ERCOLE appear with Edward Asner?
Which Spanish actor, born in 1919, played the father of Franco Nero's brother in an Italian Western?
Which Spanish actor, born in 1919, was the hero on an Italian swashbuckler co-starring Linda Cristal and Walter Barnes?
Which Japanese actor, born in 1931, co-starred in a movie with Cliff Robertson and Michael Caine?


Name the movies from which these images come.

Llewellyn H., George Grimes, Joseph Viglietta and Richard Oravitz identified last week's photo of Lee Van Cleef, James Mason and Gina Lollobrigida in BAD MAN'S RIVER.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

Joseph Viglietta identified the last week's frame grab of an unknown woman in ARRIVANO I TITANI, aka SONS OF THUNGER, aka MY SON THE HERO.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Edwige Fenech and George Hilton in TUTTI I COLORI DEL BUIO, aka ALL OF THE COLORS OF THE DARK.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

Issue #77 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 Monsters of Hercules".
James Chaney concludes his translation of the interviews conducted by Franca Faldini and Goffredo Fofi with Italian Western directors Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Duccio Tessari and many others.
Finally, Mickey Hargitay is memorialized in two articles. First is an interview by Gerard Dessere conducted in 2002. And then there is a brief biography with filmography.


A 50 page photocopy journal 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 Sam Hui and Richard Keal in ACES GO PLACES III: OUR MAN FROM BOND STREET.
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 Sandbaggers Season One
The Sandbaggers Season Two
Michael Nesmith in "Elephant Parts"
Lifestyles of The Ramones
EDGEPLAY: A FILM ABOUT THE RUNAWAYS - Neither this film nor THE RUNAWAYS movie are completely satisfying.
Hey! Hey! We're The Monkees - This is a splendid Rhino produced documentary on the group.
Ray Davies the world from my window

Mildly enjoyed:

Soldiers of Security - This is a 1926 LAPD "Yes On Prop 2" promotional film that is 17 minutes long and released on home video in 2002 as an historical document.
The Monkees 1997 ABC-TV Special
Paul McCartney PAUL IS LIVE in concert on the New World Tour
Stuart Sutcliffe the lost Beatle - Interviews with Klaus Voormann and Astrid Kirchherr make up for the dubious assertions of Pauline Sutcliffe who talks about her book inwhich she speculated that her brother and John Lennon had a homosexual relationship and that it was John Lennon who beat up Stuart perhaps causing Stuart's fatal cerebral hemorrhage.
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of A Serial Killer
THE VENETIAN AFFAIR - This seemed more inspired by THE IPCRESS FILE than The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but failed to generate much interest and was filled with glaring continuity errors which suggested that there were problems in the editing room.

Did not enjoy: