Page for September 22 - 28, 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 trailer to FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE.


Brain Teasers:

Charles Gilbert asks, "Which Italian Western includes the character Red Cavanaugh?"
George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi knew that it was PER QUALCHE DOLLARO IN PIU, aka FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE.

Which American director went from making a Western with Dana Andrews to making a movie in Spain and then did a TV show with Fess Parker?
Charles Gilbert knew that it was Lesley Selander who made TOWN TAMER with Dana Andrews in 1965, THE TEXICAN with Audie Murphy in 1966, and then the Daniel Boone episode "When A King Is A Pawn" also in 1966.

Which American actor who made three Westerns in Spain also played J. Edgar Hoover?
George Grimes knew that it was Broderick Crawford.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Spanish actress, born in 1940, worked in films with Paul Hubschmid, Virginia Mayo, Howard Vernon, Frank Latimore, Alex Nicol, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jeffrey Hunter?
Which American director went from making a Spanish musical with Marisol, to making a Western in Spain, and then to a movie with Fess Parker?
In what dubbed-into-English Italian Western came the line, "Scott is your father."?


Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Peter Lee Lawrence in UNO A UNO SIN PIEDAD, aka ONE BY ONE WITHOUT PITY.

Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Chelo Alonso in LA REGINA DEI TARTARI, aka THE QUEEN OF THE TARTARS, aka THE HUNS.

Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Eva Green in THE DREAMERS.
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!

No one identified the above photo.
It came from ABASHIRI PRISON 6 DUEL IN THE SOUTH, which was partly filmed on Okinawa.

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:



Detective Montalbano "La giostra degli scambi" aka "Merry-Go-Round" (2018)

American Masters "Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey" (2012)

American Masters "Basquiat: Rage To Riches" (2017)

The D.A. #1 "The People Vs. Sergius Kovinsky" (2004) - I came to love this legal series starring Steven Weber, Sarah Paulson, Bruno Campos and J.K. Simmons, so ABC cancelled it after four episodes. Luckily, I recorded a copy.

The D.A. #2 "The People Vs. Patricia Henry" (2004) - Michaela Conlin (before she got Bones) joined the cast with this episode along with Tony Denison (before he got The Closer).


Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "Decoding Our Past Through DNA: Deval Patrick and Jessica Alba" (2014)

Mildly enjoyed:

SHIP OF FOOLS (1965) - The terrific cast does splendid work, but the material isn't satisfying.

Dan August #10 "When the Shouting Dies" (1970) - Good location work around L.A. and Venice plus Vera Miles in a two piece bathing suit are good points.

Dan August #16 "Dead Witness To A Killing (1971)

THE HOST (2013)

Did not enjoy:



David Deal enjoyed:





ANNIHILATION (18) - Overall, I liked it.


THE SECRET OF MONTE CRISTO (60) - Rory Calhoun heads a good international cast in this treasure map swashbuckler. Gianna Maria Canale heats up the screen.



Mildly Enjoyed

THE LEGEND OF BLOOD CASTLE (73) - Jorge Grau's version of the Countess Bathory tale is slow and not exploitative enough for my taste, so I am finally removing it from the collection.


THE HANGING TREE (59) - Gary Cooper is a doctor with a dark past who moves into a gold rush mining camp and hangs out his shingle. Sure enough, events begin to test his resolve. Okay "adult" western with deep shades of psychoanalytic musings.




Charles Gilbert watched:

BATHORY: COUNTESS OF BLOOD (2008) Erratic editing compromises spectacular sets and scenes in this lengthy rendition of the woman reputed as the greatest murderess in history. Franco Nero appears briefly at 1:55 as King Mathias.

SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (1955) Radiant redhead Susan Hayward arrives in Hong Kong to find her missing husband Gene Barry, held captive in China, but is side tracked romantically by local blowhard Yankee Clark Gable when she petitions his help. The film incorporates delightful Oriental humor. Mel Welles (voice-over in LADY. FRANKENSTEIN) plays a scoundrel.