Page for March 25 - 31, 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 Robert Woods singing the theme for STARBLACK.

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Brain Teasers:

Which American actor, who appeared in a Sergio Leone production, also appeared in a movie featuring a Los Angeles punk rocker?
Llewellyn H. picked Geoffrey Lewis of MY NAME IS NOBODY and THE NEW GUY featuring Henry Rollins.
That's not whom I had in mind, and Rollins will tell you that he came from Washington D.C., but Black Flag is considered an L.A. area band so that'll work.
I was thinking of Steve Kanaly of MY NAME IS NOBODY who appeared in DOUBLE TROUBLE (1992) with Tito Larriva of The Plugz.

Which Italian Western star did not sing in a Western: 1) Robert Woods, 2) Tomas Milian, 3) Franco Nero, 4) Lee Van Cleef.
Llewellyn H. knew that: Robert Woods sung on the soundtrack of STARBLACK, Tomas Milian sung on the soundtrack of RUN MAN RUN and Lee Van Cleef sung on the soundtrack of CAPTAIN APACHE, so Franco Nero is the one who didn't sing in a Western. George Grimes also knew that.

Which Spanish actor who appeared in about a half dozen Westerns was born in Argentina?
George Grimes named Jose Bodalo, who was not whom I had in mind.
Rick Garibaldi named Luis Davila, who was not whom I had in mind.
Perhaps I should rephrase the question: "Which actor, who appeared in about a half dozen Westerns, was born to Spanish parents in Argentina?"

Which actress born in Argentina in 1937 appeared in Westerns made in Spain alongside Maria Schell and Maria Perschy?
George Grimes knew it was Perla Cristal.

Which actress, born in Austria in 1926, appeared in Westerns with Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford and Jose Calvo?
George Grimes knew that it was Maria Schell.

What movie features Bruce Le and Wong Ching-li fighting in the Roman Colosseum?
George Grimes knew that it was NINJA STRIKES BACK.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Complete the lyric, "Loneliness is the best friend of _______."
Which American actor, known best for work in Italian movies, died March 23, 2017 in Miami, Florida?
Which American actor, known best for work in Italian movies, reportedly made his on-screen acting debut on a episode of Decoy?
Which member of the Japan Action Club has a movie opening in the U.S. on 03/24/2017?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of Giovanni Pazzafini in ARIZONA COLT, aka THE MAN FROM NOWHERE.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Brad Harris in GOLIATH CONTRO I GIGANTI, aka GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of George Lazenby and Antia Strindberg in CHI L'HA VISTA MORIRE?, aka WHO SAW HER DIE?
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 of Ti Lung in DEAD END.
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:

Enjoyed:

History Vs. Hollywood: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The Real Oliver Reed

Alan Arkin Live from the TCM Film Festival

A&E Biography "Mae West" - Reg Lewis comments about working with the star and a photo of her nightclub act features Gordon Mitchell.

Mildly enjoyed:

ROA - I had never seen a movie made by Colombian filmmakers, in coproduction with Argentina, and this was impressive. If I had found a copy with English subtitles, it may have been ever more impressive. At the very least, this introduced me to the history of the assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán on April 9, 1948. Juan Roa Sierra was the man suspected of the murder who was quickly beaten to death by a mob during rioting which nearly destroyed the city of Bogota. Following this, was La Violencia, a period of political violence that lasted nearly ten years. This movie accepted the theory that Roa was a dupe whom foreign agents, probably Soviet, were trying to force to commit the killing, and when he didn't, successfully pinned the guilt on him. Fidel Castro was later accused of being part of the conspiracy, but I couldn't understand the dialogue enough to determine whether he was one of the characters in this drama. The lovely Catalina Sandino Moreno took time off from her Hollywood career (Fallling Skies, American Gothic, The Affair) to make this film in the country of her birth. Director Andres Baiz was one of the directors of Narcos on Netflix.

THE LIQUIDATOR (1965) - I saw this movie when it first came out and didn't much like it. When it popped up on TCM, I figured I'd give it another look-see, and still don't like it much. Now, however, it has some nostalgic charm with a cast including Rod Taylor, Jennifer Jayne and Suzy Kendall as well as a myriad of familiar British actors. Jack Cardiff directs efficently, but somehow doesn't pull off the comedy.

THE RUGRATS MOVIE - This isn't my kind of flick, but it had some giggles.

LA MUERTE SILBA UN BLUES, aka DEATH WHISTLES THE BLUES, aka OPERATION SEXY (1962) - Made after THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF and before THE SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS, this Jesus Franco effort is a fairly straight-forward thriller in which the murder of a jazz musician in New Orleans leads to an investigation of a millionaire living in Jamaica. Conrado San Martin, Maria Silva and Perla Cristal return to Franco from ORLOF and are joined by Gerard Tichy. Isn't that Luis Barboo among the residents of the bario? The director is clearly seen as a saxaphone player in the jazz club.

Did not enjoy:

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (2014) - Director Ridley Scott is able to make me miss Cecil B. DeMille with this dull version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

TE PROMETO ANARQUIA, aka I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY - A 2015 portrait of directionless skateboarding youths living on the streets of Mexico City.

TODO INCLUIDO, aka ALL INCLUSIVE - A 2015 comedy from the Dominican Republic offers nothing to non-Spanish speaking audiences.

12 ROUNDS 3: LOCKDOWN (2015) - Imagine DIE HARD and SERPICO combined with a WWE star.

NOAH (2014) - Who thought this script was a good idea?

ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES (2016) - The best thing about this Austrian Zombie comedy is the title.

UNIDENTIFIED (2013) - Did someone actually want a found footage movie about geeks losing money in Las Vegas and then getting killed by aliens from outer space?

KINGDOM COME (2014) - I understand the appeal of small cast Horror flicks confined to one set scenarios, but most of them are really dull and this is no exception. Here, dead people are given a choice in a dingy building to get revenge or to give forgiveness. Those who choose revenge are dragged off by the evil one. Will our hero and heroine be saved or damned?

HIGHWAY TO HELL (1991) - I wished I liked this movie if for no other reason than it featured the entire Stiller family: Jerry, Anne Meara, Ben and Amy. Plus Kristy Swanson, Pamela Gidley and Lita Ford.

MISS MUERTE, aka THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z (1965) - This starts out promisingly, but soon becomes ridiculous. After experimenting on an escaped death row convict, Dr. Zimmer goes before his medical association to ask for permission to experiment on humans. They deny him permission as they don't want anyone continuing the work of the dead Dr. Orloff, and Dr. Zimmer suddenly dies before them. His daughter, Irma, vows revenge using a night club performer named Miss Muerte who has lethal fingernails. Fans of the previous Horror films by director Jesus Franco will enjoy seeing the original Dr. Orloff, Howard Vernon, now playing Dr. Vicas, one of the three marked for death by Dr. Z's daughter. Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui, Dr. Fisherman from DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER, appears as Dr. Moroni; the second marked for death. The third is a newcomer to the Franco group, Cris Huerta as Dr. Kallman - who shares a name with a character from THE SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS. The cops investigating the case are director Jesus Franco and music composer Daniel J. White who turns out to be a seperate real person, not a pseudonym for Franco.

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David Deal Enjoyed:

VAMPIRE'S NIGHT ORGY (72) - Leon Klimovsky strikes again with this drive-in classic. No great set pieces and only minor nudity but this has a certain ambience that will guarantee a viewing every few years.

THE LAST KING (16) - I liked this historical period piece about hiding and protecting a boy king. Good stuff.

DEVILS OF DARKNESS (64) - A low-key Brit-French vampire movie with William (Gorgo) Sylvester as the hero and Hubert Noel as zee vampire. Colorful and satisfying in the manner of the logical Brit horror flix of the time.

MONOLITH MONSTERS (57) - Geologist Grant Williams solves the mystery of massive, growing rocks with pretty teacher Lola Albright and depressed newspaperman Les Tremayne at his side. I love this logical desert s/f with impressive special effects.

THE SECRET OF STAMBOUL (36) - James Mason and the highly delectable Valerie Hobson (Bride of Frankenstein) star in an enjoyably old-fashioned spy story similar to the type that Casablanca raised to the highest level. Nice, shadowy photography and even more shadowy characters, this was fun from beginning to end.

THE THING (82)

THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA (71) - Much here to be appreciated like nice cinematography, good tunes and sweet Euro-babes.

Mildly Enjoyed

SUGAR COLT (66) - Ex-government killer Hunt Powers goes undercover when a troop of soldiers is ransomed. Adequate spaghetti with a gem in the rough: Soledad Miranda. Miranda had star quality, no doubt. I think it shortchanges her to be merely known as Jess Franco's muse.

THE TEXICAN (66) - Audie Murphy goes revengin' for his brother's murder. Broderick Crawford did it. Murphy's only spaghetti, directed by domestic western specialist Lesley Selander, has a curious feel and supporters that include Aldo Sambrell and Diana Lorys.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

Columbo episode 4 from 1978. 'How To Dial Murder'. Eric Mason (Nichol Williamson), a renowned behavioral psychology professor, also a film buff, machinates a scheme to kill his colleague using his pet dobermans 'Laurel and Hardy'. The victim was in an adulterous affair with his wife until she suspiciously ran off a cliff while driving. Columbo learns the code phrase to invoke the dogs to attack was taken from the sled in the movie CITIZEN KANE. Know the phrase? Kim Cattrell's first role.

DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (1965) Director Norman Taurog is responsible for this farcical parody on the Superspy genre employing Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman in mindless slapstick. Susan Hart appeals nicely to the testosteronic viewer as a voluptuous robot. Other Beach Party alumni Annette Funicello and Harvey Lembeck are shamelessly added in flash cameo.

DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS (1966)Mario Bava assumes helm of the franchise and seamlessly emulates the inane tenor of it's predecessor with heartthrob Fabian Forte bumbling along side Italian comedians Franco and Ciccio; and making time with comely Laura Antonelli, coiffed in resemblance to Susan Hart. George Wang appears as Goldfoot's assistant.
Of course Vincent Price chews the scenery in both these Nicholson-Arkoff flicks shown back to back on sci-fi channel Comet tv.

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