Page for December 3 - 9, 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 MAN IN BLACK, a 1950s thriller produced by Hammer Films.


Brain Teasers:

On what film did Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci take over the direction when the credited director left to make his dream project?
No one has answered this question yet.

On what film is Sergio Corbucci often credited as a co-director, but star Gordon Scott said that Sergio didn't direct any of the movie?

On what film did Sergio Corbucci reportedly start as the director knowing that he couldn't finish because of another production, and then handed over the helm to Antoino Margheriti?
George Grimes knew that it is DANZA MACABRA, aka CASTLE OF BLOOD.

Which Chinese actor from ENTER THE DRAGON directed two movies in the 1970s?
Charles Gilbert knew that it was Bolo Yeung, aka Yang Sze.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which American producer released two Italian Westerns after some editoral alterations which included opening narrative titles and later produced a TV Western starring The Highwaymen?
By what name is Bruna Bovi better known?
By what name is Frank Bronston better known?
A combination of what two styles finally killed Pai Mei?


Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of Alan Steel in MANO RAPIDA, aka FAST HAND IS MY NAME.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's frame grab from MACISTE CONTRO IL VAMPIRO, aka GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify from what movie it came?

No one has identified the above 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 Brigitte Lin, Sally Yeh and Cherie Chung in PEKING OPERA BLUES.
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:

Michael Moore In Trumpland

A Bing Crosby Christmas Celebration

Bing Crosby's first TV special

The first three episodes of Mars on National Geographic TV.

Did not enjoy:

BLACK EYE - Jack Arnold directed this African American Private Detective yarn featuring a very amused Fred Williamson and the lovely Teresa Graves. Why was Rosemary Forsyth revoiced by another actor? Extensive location filming around Venice, CA is kind of fun as are nods to pornographic filmmaking, silent film stars, Jesus freaks and peddling drugs on the pier but a less than compelling screenplay is not saved by a Ford Motors sponsored car chase.

STAGECOACH - I sure hope the Country Music stars and senior citizen actors had a better time making this 1986 TV movie than I had watching it. It would appear that Willie Nelson didn't feel up to giving Thomas Mitchell and Bing Crosby competition as the Doctor with a drinking problem, so the part was rewritten to become Doc Holliday just so he could tell the pregnant woman "I'm not a doctor. I'm a dentist." And he could put a gun to the back of a villain's head and say "Drop that gun or you'll never have another toothache". Again Ted Post shows that he's not as a good a director as some would think. Gary Graver was the director of photography.

MELODY RANCH - Gabby Hayes gets the bright idea that if radio star Gene Autry is made honorary sheriff of his town, Autry will clean up the dirty dealings of the local saloon owners. Sidekick Jimmy Durante talks Autry into becoming sheriff thinking that it will be good publicity and co-star Ann Miller goes along as they will remote broadcast the radio show. The villains defy Autry, so our hero decides to actually put himself up to be elected sheriff. A gunfight ensues when the bad guys try to keep voters away from the polls, but Autry ends up running the town trolley into the barracade and subdues the opposition.

PUNK VACATION - You can't take an old JD script, change the clothing and say it's about punk rockers.


KICKBOXER KING - IFD seemed to decide that ninjas were done and kickboxers were fun, so they took what looked like an Indonesian drug crime flick and stuck some white guys kickboxing around it.

LONESOME DOVE CHURCH - Set in 1846, this flick doesn't make any obvious errors with their firearms, but Grapevine, Texas has never look more like a rain forest than this shot in British Columbia production. Preacher Tom Berringer seeks to turn his outlaw son away from a life of crime and enlist his aid in building a new church. But there must be one last gunfight before the happy ending.

MAN IN THE SHADOW - Orson Welles has his ranch hands - including Leo Gordon - "teach" a young migrant worker "a lesson" for paying attention to his daughter, Colleen Miller. When a witness informs sheriff Jeff Chandler about the killing, the ranch hands commit a series of crimes on Chandler to get him to back off. After being dragged behind a car down main street, Chandler grabs a shotgun and goes after Welles. When the villains overpower Chandler, it takes all of the town's men - including Paul Fix - to convince Welles and his henchmen to surrender. Jack Arnold directed a script credited to future Star Trak scribe Gene L. Coon.

GUN BELT - This awful 1953 color oater, starring George Montgomery, Tab Hunter, John Dehner and Jack Elam, was remade almost word-for-word in black & white in 1960 as FIVE GUNS TO TOMBSTONE. I saw FIVE GUNS first and so think better of it, particularly as Ted Wade isn't as awful as Tab Hunter. And the remake drops the Ringo and Earp brothers names.

BORDER BADMEN - Reading in the newspaper that Old Man Stockton died, Fuzzy St. John figures that since he was a 32nd cousin he should be getting some of the inheritence, so he and Buster Crabbe head off to Silver Creek. There corrupt businessmen are plotting to steal the inheritence by kidnapping neice Helen Stockton and replacing her with a confederate. This plays more like a remake of THE CAT AND THE CANARY than a Western with secret passages in the wall, creeping shadows and thrown knives. But the opening theme is "Home On the Range" and Buster smacks all of the bad guys at least once.

SADDLE TRAMP - An instrumental version of Terry Gilkyson's song "Cry of the Wild Goose" - a big hit record by Frankie Laine in 1951 - is the uncredited musical theme for this Joel McCrea flick. In voice-over, McCrea - playing Chuck Conner who frequently exclaims "Creeping creepers!" - tells of the joy of being an irresponsible saddle tramp, but keeps getting interrupted by gunfire. He visits a buddy who is widowed with four boys, and when the buddy dies in an accident, McCrea suddenly has custody of his buddy's four boys. Getting a job at a ranch owned by John McIntire - who hates kids, McCrea hides the boys in the forest and sneaks food out to them every night. Someone has been rustling McIntire's cattle, and he blames his neighbor, Antonio Moreno, but McCrea eventually discovers that the two ranchers are being rustled by their colluding foremen. Meanwhile, runaway 19 year old Wanda Hendrix joins the boys in hiding in the forest and becomes their stepmother. Naturally, after the villains are caught, McCrea marries Hendrix and the four boys complain about having to dress nicely and go to school. Hugo Fregonese directed.

THE MAN IN BLACK - A Hammer Film thriller from 1950 that starts out like GASLIGHT but ends up as something else.


David Deal Enjoyed:

NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU (16) - Really good documentary about the man who ruled television for a decade or more.


GUN DUEL IN DURANGO (57) - Gang leader George Montgomery tries to go straight and finally does. Nothing new here but Montgomery makes a good cowboy hero, and this small western is well-written, boasts a good cast, and it looks nice.

A QUIET PLACE TO KILL (70) - A prime slice of Euro-Hitchockian fun with a pill-popping, J&B-chugging Carroll Baker and a jailbait-balling, murderous Jean Sorel. They make a great pair.


Mildly Enjoyed

LIFE (15) - Freelance photographer Robert Pattinson endeavors to snap some pix of James Dean (Dane Dehaan) before fame and fortune carries Dean away. Director Anton Corbijn (Control) tries to bring some life to what is, in truth, a fairly dull story.

ARE WE ALONE (IN THE UNIVERSE)? (78) - Sections of Zechariah Sitchin's original pseudo-documentary about aliens visiting ancient civilizations are blended with newer footage that doesn't prove anything either.

ARABESQUE (66) - Hieroglyphics expert Gregory Peck is hired to decipher a message but things and people are not what they seem. A few good bits but this is an also-ran of the spy boom. Sophia Loren looks absolutely gorgeous.

SAGA OF THE WEST aka WHEN A MAN'S A MAN (35) - Likable George O'Brien saves the day and gets the girl in this contemporary western. Hottie Dorothy Wilson (Before Dawn) plays George's main squeeze.

Did Not Enjoy

THE DUEL (16) - Liam Hemsworth takes a roundabout route to revengin' against Woody Harrelson who killed his dad. Another self-conscious, self-important western.

PHANTOM EXPRESS (32) - The old phantom train trick is used to put a railroad out of business. You can miss this train.

DREAMS THAT MONEY CAN BUY (48) - Classic avant garde, Dadaist film is pretty indecipherable.


Charles Gilbert watched:

THE TRAMPLERS 1965. Albert Band film with a signature Lavagnino score. Rugged Gordon Scott returns home after the Civil War and struggles coming to grips with his well heeled but ruthless and high handed father Joseph Cotton. He sets out in defiance with the help of his bitter one-armed younger brother James Mitchum undermining paternal authority by succoring the elopement of his brow beaten sister to persona non grata suitor Frank (Franco) Nero. Carol Browne plays his mother. Flash appearance of Giovanni Cianfriglia at 1:10. Poignant ending.