Page for September 24 - 30, 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 an interview with Fernando Di Leo on the DVD for SLAUGHTER HOTEL talking about Klaus Kinski.


Brain Teasers:

Which Italian screenwriter is credited with over 15 Western scripts, but never directed a Western after he became a director?
It was Fernando Di Leo.

Which Italian actor was nicknamed "Lucky Star" by his frequent American co-star?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American muscle man was spotted by an Italian film producer while performing on Broadway?
George Grimes knew that it was Ed Fury.

Which Italian Western was inspired by the Humphrey Bogart movie THE DESPERATE HOURS?
George Grimes knew that it was UNA PISTOLA PER RINGO, aka A PISTOL FOR RINGO.

Which Italian Western star was inspired by how Kirk Douglas handled his gun in MAN WITHOUT A STAR?
No one has answered this question yet.

A role in which Italian Western was turned down by Lee Marvin so that he could make CAT BALLOU?
Richard Oravitz and George Grimes knows that it was PER QUALCHE DOLLARI IN PIU, aka FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE.

Ryunosuke Tsuke is the main character of which series of films?
George Grimes knew that the character appeared in Kaizan Nakazato's novel DAIBOSATSU TOGE, which was made into a two part film in 1935, into a three part series in 1953, a three part series in 1957, and a three part series in 1960 entitled SATAN'S SWORD in English. In 1966 they did another version, called SWORD OF DOOM in English, but that series never progressed beyond the first part.

And now for some new brain teasers:

On which Western, co-written by Fernando Di Leo, is the co-star an actor known for co-writing a Western starring Giuliano Gemma?
Which Italian actor and writer is credited with co-writing a Western starring Franco Nero?
Which Italian film director and sometime actor was born in Rome on July 29, 1938?
Which Hong Kong movie star, born in 1964, married a French film director in 1998?


Name the movies from which these images come.

Richard Oravitz and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Giuliano Gemma in UN DOLLARO BUCATO, aka ONE SILVER DOLLAR, aka BLOOD FOR A SILVER DOLLAR.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Mary Marlon and Ed Fury in URSUS, aka THE MIGHTY URSUS.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify from what movie it came?

No one has identified the above photo yet.
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 has indentified the above frame grab.
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:


Recording The Producers - A terrific look at the making of the Broadway Cast Album for the Mel Brooks musical play.
THE LOST STOOGES - Leonard Maltin looks at what the Three Stooges did on film for the one year they were under contract at MGM.
INTO THE WOODS - Some complain about the changes to the original stage version, but this worked better for me.
The first two episodes of Blunt Talk season one

Mildly enjoyed:

HIDDEN TRUTH - If this didn't star Sarah Lind, I wouldn't have bothered with it.

Did not enjoy:

HOME IN WYOMIN' - Can Gene Autry save Harrison's Wild West Troupe from going under after the drunken Tex Harrison is framed for the murder of a newspaperman?
SIOUX CITY SUE - Will Gene Autry forgive the woman from the movie studio for having his voice put onto a cartoon, even after she races to warn him that a disgruntled ex-hired hand is going to dynamite the dam to drown him and his herd of cattle?
'NEATH THE ARIZONA SKIES - Inorder to secure the money due her for the oil leases on Indian land, Nina enlists the aid of John Wayne to find her father. Will the villanous Sam Black succeed in kidnapping the girl to get his hands on her money? Will Sam Black's henchman succeed in framing John Wayne for the Express Office robbery by switching clothes with our unconcious hero? Why did the company that did the restoration on this old flick feel it necessary to add new music to the soundtrack?
SIX-GUN GOLD - Tim Holt comes to town to find his brother, who is a Marshal, only to find an imposter in the office. With the help of his two sidekicks and the miners' union, can he twart the plans of the villains to steal the gold shipment?


David Deal enjoyed:
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD (15) - Great documentary on the National Lampoon.
THE UNNATURALS (69) - A small group of travelers is stranded in a storm and takes refuge with a medium and her son. Terrible secrets are revealed. Not a film the younger set would embrace but this is one of Antonio Margheriti's most visually elegant films; a claustrophobic and sexualized Gothic tale of retribution. Joachim Fuchsberger, Marianne Koch, Dominique Boschero, and Luciano Pigozzi.
2 FACES OF TERROR (72) - Murder and intrigue amongst the doctor set. I like the milieu and cast. Euro-ambience when you need it.
CARSON CITY (52) - Adventurer engineer Randolph Scott agrees to build a railroad from Carson City to Virginia City. Trouble takes the form of Raymond Massey. I'm on Scott's side every time.

Mildly Enjoyed

TOWER OF THE SEVEN HUNCHBACKS (44) - A young man is contacted by a ghost to protect the ghost's daughter from a super criminal and his gang of hunchbacks who operate from an underground city beneath Madrid. Atmospheric at times, this Spanish genre mash-up is sporadically entertaining.
Fury (14) - A solid representation of its ilk.


Charles Gilbert watched:

MAN-MADE MONSTER (1941) B&W. Lon Chaney, Jr.'s first film of the horror genre catapulted him to fame in dozens of others.
Broadcast television: Fall premiere of Lethal Weapon with Damon Wayans.