Page for July 25 - 31, 2015.

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 Fred Bongusto singing the theme for ADIOS GRINGO.


Brain Teasers:

Can you name an Italian Western theme song which used a xylophone and castanets in addition to an electric guitar and chorus?

Which Shaw Brothers sword fighting movie is more-or-less a remake of ARIZONA COLT?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which actor who played Maciste appeared in a two shot with David Warner?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which American actor who starred in a Western made in Spain did d-Con roach spray commercials in the 1980s?
No one has answered this one yet.

Can you name two actors who played the son of Django?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which member of director Akira Kurosawa's THE SEVEN SAMURAI appeared the most Godzilla movies?
John Nudge, George Grimes and John Black knew that it was Takashi Shimura.

Can you name two movies on which Bud Spencer and Dario Argento both worked?
Llewellyn H. and George Grimes mentioned UN ESERCITO DI 5 UOMINI, aka THE FIVE MAN ARMY and OGGI A ME... DOMANI A TE!, aka TODAY IT'S ME, TOMORROW YOU.

How many movies did Gordon Scott make after leaving Italy?
George Grimes knew that it was none.

Can you name two American actors who made Italian sword and sandal movies that worked with Clint Eastwood in American movies?
John Nudge, Charles Gilbert and George Grimes knew that it was Walter Barnes and Dan Vadis.

In what movie did Jackie Chan appear with Sylvester Stallone?
John Nudge and George Grimes knew that it was AN ALAN SMITHEE FILM: BURN HOLLYWOOD BURN.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Why did Tony Anthony not make a second BLINDMAN movie?
In what country did Tony Anthony originally want GET MEAN to take place, before he settle on medieval Spain?
To make what movie did Franco Nero ask Jack Warner to release him from his Warner Bros. contract?
Can you name a Japanese born martial artist who went to Hong Kong to make a Chinese movie in 1972, stayed and has worked steadily for 43 years?


Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes identifield last week's frame grab of Giuliano Gemma in VIVI O PREFERIBILMENTE MORTI, aka ALIVE OR PREFERABLY DEAD.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

Jackie S., John Nudge and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Gordon Scott in ROMOLO E REMO, aka DUEL OF THE TITANS.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Daria Nicolodi in director Dario Argento's OPERA.
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 frame grab of Toshiro Mifune in YOJIMBO.
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:

Mildly enjoyed:

GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) Japanese version
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974) Japanese version
TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975) Japanese version
THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (1984) U.K. videotape
GODZILLA VS. BIOLANTE (1989) Japanese vesion
GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (1991) - Who thought it was necessary to complicate Godzilla with time travel?
Snoop Dogg presents The Bad Girls of Comedy

Did not enjoy:

Wayward Pines


David Deal enjoyed:

RING AROUND THE WORLD (66) - I think this is one of Richard Harrison's best performances. And it's a fun spy flick featuring an ice bullet-shooting Giacomo Rossi-Stuart.
WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR (65) - Deeply cynical and daring story of a sexually dysfunctional guy obsessed with the female DJ who works with him at a disco. Strange cast (Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse, Jan Murray, and Elaine Stritch) but surprisingly competent and effective.
AGENT FOR PANIC (64) - One of my favorite small spy flicks. It's from Czechoslovakia and features several of the cast members from Ikarie XB 1.
PASSPORT FOR A CORPSE (62) - Really liked this bleak little crime film with Alberto Lupo and Helene Chanel. Overlooked film noir worthy of recognition.
INHERENT VICE (14) - Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix make a formidable duo. Loved this druggy, sexy private eye picture.
CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL (70) - One of the greats.
SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH (67) - Romolo Guerrieri's classic slice of prime Eurotrash ambience. No J&B that I could remember so I supplied it myself. Too bad I didn't have any sedatives to pop along with Carroll.
THE TERROR (63) - If, god forbid, I had to narrow my favorite films down to 10, The Terror would definitely be on there. I realize the love of a particular object d'art is completely subjective so justifying that love is pointless, but I never tire of it.

Mildly Enjoyed

SCHOOL OF DEATH (75) - A curio. Spanish Gothic medical horror feels like it was made a decade earlier, considering the lack of explicit sex and violence. Or maybe it's just the cut I saw. The IMDb lists a running time of 110 minutes. Doubt it. Looks as if it was shot in the Academy ratio, another bit of oddness for the time. Would like to see it proper in all respects; the visuals look good.


Charles Gilbert watched:

BLACK POWER (1975) B&W. Dock worker fork driver Sergio Oliva (yep, three time Mr. Olympia) teams with famed Mexican grappler Mil Mascaras in the ring and on the streets in opposition to a local gun running syndicate. Oliva is a bit more agile than Arnold. In the end he makes off with pretty singer Lila Morillo.
WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (1964) B&W. The mummy doesn't show up until the last quarter of the film when he growls and transforms into a bat. In the mean time the heroines are pitted against the Black Dragon oriental villain and his judo master sisters. Oriental characters are played by Hispanics.