Page for February 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

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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 first nine minutes of FIVE SUPERFIGHTERS.

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Brain Teasers:

Who is to pay for all of the broken furniture at the end of FIVE SUPERFIGHTERS?
"He'll pay" our heroes say, pointing at the dead villain.

Which featured player in NY NAME IS NOBODY has an uncredited moment in a Marty Robbins Western?
No one has answered this question yet.

Can you name two Italian directors who actually directed Westerns credited to Leon Klimovsky?
George Grimes knew that one of them was Enzo G. Castellari.
He also named Sergio Bergonzelli, whose 1971 film RAISE YOUR HANDS, DEAD MAN...YOU'RE UNDER ARREST, was sometimes credited to Leon Klimovsky.
I had another director in mind. Can you name this other?

Which American actor, who made a film with director Sergio Corbucci, also directed a film featuring Walter Barnes?
No one has answered this question yet.

From what movie, dubbed into English, comes the line: "We're dead men who walk, Hercules."
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor, who made Italian Westerns, also appeared on American TV shows like Bonanza, Alias Smith and Jones, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, The Texan and Death Valley Days?
George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi are correct to say that Jack Elam fits, but that wasn't who I was seeking.
George Grimes is also correct to say that R.G. Armstrong fits.
So I'll ammend the question to: "Which American actor, who made Italian and German Westerns, also appeared on American TV shows like Bonanza, Alias Smith and Jones, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, The Texan and Death Valley Days?"

Which Chinese actress worked with directors Jon Avnet, Oliver Stone, George Lucas, Barry Sonnenfeld, Spike Lee, Mei Hu and Alex Proyas?
George Grimes knew that it was Bai Ling.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Can you name six American actors who worked with director Sam Peckinpah and also made an Italian Western?
Which Italian Western hero is named after a jazz guitar player with deformed hands?
Which French actor agreed to make an Italian Western as long as he didn't have any lines?
In what Shaw Brothers movie does our hero complete his mission only to learn that the man he killed is a good guy and that our hero's father has poisoned himself and our hero in retribution?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab from CJAMANGO.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Giorgio Ardisson and Ida Galli in HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify from what movie it came?

George Grimes and John Black knew that last week's frame grab was of CALTIKI THE IMMORTAL MONSTER.
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 THE DEADLY VENOMS, aka FIVE DEADLY VENOMS.
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:

NOI CREDEVAMO, aka WE BELIEVED

Enjoyed:

Episode 2 of Legion on FX

Elvis: The Great Performances, Vol 3 - From the Waist Up

VITO - An excellent documentary on the fellow who wrote The Celluloid Closet.

The Big Bang Theory "The Allowance Evaporation"

Mildly enjoyed:

Elvis: The Great Performances, Vol 2 - The Man and the Music

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David Deal Enjoyed:

FROZEN ALIVE (64) - Scientists Marianne Koch and Mark Stevens are close to a cryogenic breakthrough when his wife is is killed and Marianne assumes him guilty. Trouble is he's volunteered to be the first human specimen to undergo deep freezing and can't clear himself. I like this sci fi murder mystery hybrid. Koch is smart and beautiful and the rest of the cast is at least interesting,

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (16) - Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst think their kid is special, and boy were they right. This is a 90% really good movie.

BLUE, WHITE AND PERFECT (42) -Lloyd Nolan becomes embroiled in a mystery that involves industrial diamonds and espionage. Another snappy Michael Shayne mystery.

THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE (42) - Lloyd Nolan becomes embroiled in a creepy mystery that involves shady pasts and blackmail. Another snappy Michael Shayne mystery.

JANE GOT A GUN (16) - Natalie Portman must defend her seriously wounded husband and home from the bad guys so she hires her former love to help. They both learn a lot about each other. Pretty good siege western but evil Ewan McGregor and his gang aren't developed enough to be a serious threat.

TARGET FOR KILLING (66)

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (15)

DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (54)

TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL (15)

Mildly Enjoyed

CRY OF THE WEREWOLF (44) - Mild horror from Columbia with Nina Foch as a gypsy princess who inherited the werewolf gene from her mom. Some nice atmosphere.

SECRETS OF WU SIN (32) - Another Yellow Peril creaker with Grant Withers as the newspaper editor on a mission to expose the coolie smuggling into Frisco.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

Columbo 2 hour episode: 'In the Name of the Game'. Two women plot in tandem and murder a playboy gambler who's been two-timing them. One of them, a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway), begins to charm the dogged Columbo, on her case, as a defence to his assiduous investigative methods. He's falling for her, but remains on course. In an unusual denouement, and because of their brief 'romance', he emotes sympathy to his prey upon her confession when the relationship between the two women is revealed.

Outer Limits episodes from second season (B&W):
'Cold Hands,Warm Heart' William Shatner, Geraldine Brooks.
'Behold, Eck' Peter Lind Hayes Joan Freeman.
I prefer the Harry Lubin musical coda in the second season to the Dominic Frontiere version from the first season.

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