Page for May 29 - June 3, 2016.

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 trailer for SNAKE IN THE EAGLE'S SHADOW.


Brain Teasers:

What film is credited with making Jackie Chan a big star in Asia?
Jackie S. and George Grimes knew that SNAKE IN THE EAGLE'S SHADOW was Jackie Chan's first big hit. He followed it with an even bigger success with DRUNKEN MONKEY IN THE TIGER'S EYE, aka DRUNKEN MASTER.

With which American actor was Gordon Mitchell disappointed to find himself co-starring after he was told he'd be working with Gordon Scott?
John Black knew that it was Roger Browne.

Which American star of Italian Westerns was shot dead by Fred MacMurray in an American Western?
George Grimes knew that it was Lee Van Cleef in DAY OF THE BADMAN (1958).

Which American actor, who appeared in movie about the Mexican Revolution shot in Spain, and a War comedy starring Nino Manfredi, appeared in a movie in which his character supposedly had sex with a character played by Linda Towne?
George Grimes knew that it was Martin Landau of THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS.

Which American actor who made two Westerns in Spain and two spy movies in Italy also made a movie featuring Raul Julia, Ron O'Neal and Daniel J. Travanti?
George Grimes knew that it was Fred Beir in THE ORGANIZATION.

By what name is Wang Chu Hsien perhaps best known to the English speaking audience?
George Grimes knew that it was Joey Wang, or Joey Wong.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian actress from LE FATICHE DI ERCOLE had a kissing scene with Chuck Connors?
Charles Gilbert asks, "According to an Italian talk show interview by way of IMDb, which Italian actor, among many American actors like Steve McQueen, was offered the role of Rambo in FIRST BLOOD?"
Rod Dana sang the theme song for which Italian directed Western?
Which Japanese actress began her onscreen career working for Chinese filmmakers after becoming Japan's first Women's Bodybuilding Champion?


Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's picture of Dean Reed in BUCKAROO (IL WINCHESTER CHE NON PERDONA).
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

John Black, Charles Gilbert and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Gordon Mitchell and Bella Cortez in IL GIGANTE DI METROPOLIS, aka GIANT OF METROPOLIS.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo from director Federico Fellini's E LA NAVE VA, aka AND THE SHIP SAILS ON.
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 photo of Chow Yun Fat in A BETTER TOMORROW.
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:


A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING - Sure the script isn't innovative or unique, but the filmmakers deal with the material sensitively and avoid the obvious melodrama. An attractive and interesting cast help this to be an involving and moving experience.

Mildly enjoyed:

CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA - The TV version with new scenes added by Monte Hellman.
THE 100 DOLLAR GANG - The write-up in Wikipedia says that this was the first Jerry Cotton film. IMDb says that it was the second.
TIP NOT INCLUDED - Some think these tepid Jerry Cotton actioners were Germany's answer to the James Bond films.

Did not enjoy:

CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY - Who thought it was a good idea to replace Luciana Paluzzi's voice with another woman's?
ROLL ON TEXAS MOON - Roy Rogers will prevent a war between the ranchers and the sheep herders and romance Dale Evans.
HELDORADO - National Park Ranger Roy Rogers won't participate in the Helldorado Rodeo (It's got two ls in the movie, but only one on the title card.) but he'll solve the murder at the Border Dam.
SOUTH OF THE BORDER - Gene Autry has to go to Mexico on an assignment without saying goodbye to his sweetheart. When he gets back, she's become a nun to atone for the sins of her brother.


David Deal enjoyed:


Mildly Enjoyed

BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (73) - More ape and human wrangling as Roddy McDowall fights to hold his monkey town together. Paul Williams as a diminutive primate and Claude Akins as a redneck gorilla! Series finale peters out with a tired shoot-em up.
CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN (58) - Ash-covered ancient Etruscan kills for his reincarnated love. It's the mummy story but with no budget and only Richard Anderson as a marquee draw.


Charles Gilbert watched:

ON DEADLY GROUND (1994) Steven Seagal protects Innuit tribe near the world's largest oil rig operated by ruthless Michael Caine. Catch the buckskin-clad hero in classic bar room fight scene with rowdy oil workers. Chinese beauty Joan Chen is cast as an eskimo.
CAULDRON OF BLOOD aka BLIND MAN'S BLUFF (1970) Don Siegel's first wife Viveca Lindfors in role of svelte and sultry madame who diabolically plots the demise of her aged and disabled artist husband Boris Karloff in swanky Spanish milieu of hip and macabre. Quirky soundtrack.


Jackie S. "saw the show little big shots starring steve Harvey. they had a 5 year old Japanese boy named ryusei who was a bruce lee impersonator. he wore the signature yellow tracksuit and did the moves from the game of death movie. I loved it."