Page for February 17-23, 2018.

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 HILLS RUN RED (1967).


Brain Teasers:

Which three American actors appeared in a Western directed by an Italian who had his real name hidden behind "a large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent."
Thomas Hunter, Henry Silver and Dan Duryea appeared in UN FIUME DI DOLLARI, aka THE HILLS RUN RED directed by Lee W. Beaver.

Which Western, shot in Spain, featured a gunman with busted hands before DJANGO?
Rick Garibaldi suggested DEGUEJO which came out the same year as DJANGO - 1966. DEGUEJO is registered as 3,634 while DJANGO is 3,708, so DEGUEJO was before DJANGO, but the film for which I was looking was made years earlier than DJANGO.

Which American actor who starred in Italian Westerns was conducting an acting class in the Hollywood Guaranty Building back in 1978?
George Grimes knew that it was Thomas Hunter.

Which Italian star of Westerns appeared in a short film about the fellow dressed as Superman infront of the Chinese theater in Hollywood who works for tips from tourists taking his picture?
Rick Garibaldi knew it was Franco Nero in The Kid (2015).

Which Swedish actor who made an Italian Western appeared in a film starring Andrew MCarthy?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which two Italian stuntmen, who acted in Italian Sword and Sandal flicks, worked on a film with Sharon Stone?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which actor, who made an Italian Western, was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1943?
George Grimes knew that it was Lou Castel.

And now for some new brain teasers:

From which Italian Western comes the line, in the English version, "Dog gone. Them yankees are thicker than lice."?
In which Italian Western is our hero captured by ex-boxer Tiberio Mitri?
In which Italian Western is Giuliano Gemma's brother played by a 3-time world boxing champion?


Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab from IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO aka THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

David Deal and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Mark Damon in IL FIGLIO DI CLEOPATRA, aka SON OF CLEOPATRA.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Darlene Fleugel in C'ERA UNA VOLTA IN AMERICA, aka ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA. 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 David Chiang in VENGEANCE.
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:


Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. (2017)

Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? (2017)

Unsung "E-40 and the Click" (2016)

Unsung "Nate Dogg" (2015)

Unsung Hollywood "Billy Dee Williams" (2015)

Unsung Hollywood "Hill Harper" (2016)

Mildly enjoyed:


Gallagher "Mad As Hell" (1981)

Queen Elizabeth's Secret Agents episode three (2018)


BAD LANDS (1939) - It is Arizona, 1875. A sheriff leads his "motley band" of law enforcement agents into Apache territory after Apache Jack. Soon, they realise that Jack has led them into a trap from which they can not escape after their horses are stolen. While hardly the best scripted, directed or acted Western of 1939, this film sustains interest with the unique situation of the lawmen trapped in a single location by unseen attackers for close to an hour running time.

LES GIRLS (1957)

Did not enjoy:

FOCUS (2001) - Based on Arthur Miller's novel, this film deals with an important issue: anti-Semitism in 1940s America, but the movie is a drag even with William H. Macy and Laura Dern.

VALLEY OF THE SUN (1942) - James Craig helped Chief Cochise in a conflict with the U.S. Cavalry, so he was sentenced to prison. Escaping, Craig made his way to Desert Center where the evil Indian Agent, Dean Jagger, was about to marry Lucille Ball. Alternating between Wild West action and bedroom farce, the film was unsatisfying but it has Tom Tyler as Geronimo. And "Indians from the pueblos of Taos, Santa Clara, Jemes, San Juan and Tesuque".


Scandal Made Me Famous "Amanda Knox" (2017)


PET (2016)


Charles Gilbert watched:

SADDLE THE WIND (1958) Robert Taylor is at odds with little brother John Cassavettes over squatter Royal Dano and clan settling on their cattle range. Julie London tries to temper the squabble; sings the title.

THE LAW AND JAKE WADE (1958) Taylor again as Jake with Richard Widmark hounding him for the location as they trek across the west for buried loot...with Patricia Owens, Robert Middleton, DeForest Kelley, and Henry Silva in tow.

WESTBOUND (1959) Randolph Scott takes charge of the Overland Stage to transport gold for the Union. Brawny Walter Barnes appears as a cook.

COLT .45 (1950) Randolph Scott chases after killer that lifted his newly designed hand guns.


David Deal Enjoyed:

AND GOD SAID TO CAIN (70) - Klaus Kinski is pardoned after 10 years hard labor and takes the opportunity to go revengin' for Peter Carsten who framed him for robbery and murder. Antonio Margheriti's Gothic spaghetti is a case of style over substance, but so what? I liked it fine.

NOW MORE THAN EVER (16) - Good documentary about the band Chicago.


Mildly Enjoyed

BLOOD AND DIAMONDS (78) - Claudio Cassinelli does some misguided revengin' that destroys everyone around him before he finds out the truth. Fernando di Leo's crime story is not exactly underrated but it is somewhat misunderstood. Its atmosphere of ennui is reflective of the characters and the genre, but also of Di Leo himself no doubt. If it was Peckinpah, they'd call it elegiac.


Did Not Enjoy


THE BIG MESS (71) - A big mess. German sci-fi with convoluted aspirations, no money, and not enough talent to make up for it.

GIRL SLAVES OF MORGANA LE FAY (71) - Aside from a few lesbian tease scenes, this Jean Rollin ripoff is decidedly boring and pretentious, just like the oeuvre it apes! So I guess it's a success.

SWORD OF THE EMPIRE (64) - Lang Jeffries is the Roman hero in this tired, poverty-stricken historical adventure. Sergio Grieco would very soon do much better in the spy genre.