Questions and Requests

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Check out Howard Hughes' new book CINEMA ITALIANO.

This is available at Amazon.com.
Also check out Howard's new blog The Filmgoers' Guide.

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Anyone who has been reading this page for a while will recognize the name Tim Murphy. He was one of the most frequent answerers of the trivia questions - though he didn't have a very strong interest in Italian Westerns, Sword and Sandal flicks or Martial Arts Movies. It turned out that aside from a very deep knowledge of all kinds of cinema, he was also knew how to use the Internet Movie Database.
Tim's main interest was Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy - like most boys who grew up reading FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN. He traded all around the world to see every obscure example of these kinds of films possible. Thanks to him, I've been able to see alot of rare Italian productions; of course he would sometimes need my help in finding titles that others were seeking in trade.
Sometimes when I would suggest something that I thought he should see - like the TV version of HOGFATHER, he would respond that he probably wouldn't be able to watch everything he had already collected - and then he told me that he had a copy of SOUL MUSIC because it featured Christopher Lee as Death. Well, Tim was right. He died on August 13, 2009 after about a month of hospitalization for breathing and heart problems.
It's going to be a while before I'll be able to do this page without wondering how Tim would respond to what I put on it. In trying to cleanup his house, Tim got rid of alot of his old Beta and VHS tapes by giving them to me - so I was able to see alot of old Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy films that I hadn't found on my own. Unfortunately, I didn't like alot of them - and he would email me his regrets for being a part of my suffering. I assured him that I was happy to have scratched that title off my list of unseen movies, and I thanked him for his help in that effort.
For that and many other examples of friendship, I remember fondly Tim Murphy.

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A collector is looking for PAL speed (25 fps) English language DVDs or VHS of the following titles
(Not PAL converted from NTSC copies):
SONNY AND JED
THE MIGHTY KHAN
GIANTS OF THESSALY
VALLEY OF THE RESOUNDING ECHO
RAPE OF THE SABINES
REVOLT OF THE GLADIATORS
THE TARTARS
ATLAS AGAINST THE TSAR
SECRET MARK OF D'ARTAGNAN
If you have copies of these, please drop me a line.

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Well, all five scenes for which I worked as an extra have aired.

The shot in which I appear in Mad Men #11 "The Jet Set" aired on 10/12/08. About midway through the episode, Don blows off a meeting, and Pete tries to explain to two men in suits why he's not there. I'm the white-haired man in the blue suit with his back to the camera. It's odd to think it two fittings and two haircuts to prepare me for one shot showing my back.

The first job I did was for Chuck and that episode, "Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer", aired on 10/27/08. I don't show up until the last third, but you can see me among the spectators at the video game event (at about 31:57. I'm the fat guy with white-hair and glasses wearing an ill-fitting tannish shirt in the background. You can see me pretty clearly as Chuck walks up the steps of the video game platform.

A factory scene shot for Dirty Sexy Money #17 "The Silence" aired on 10/22/08. It is the first scene in the episode, and right at the end of the scene, there is a very quick shot of the audience and you can see me pretty clearly on the right side of the shot. I'm the fat, white-haired dude in the brown windbreaker wearing glasses.
The other two scenes for Dirty Sexy Money aired on 10/29/08 in #18 "The Witness List" and you don't really see me. During a street scene between Seth Gabel and Zoe McLellan, if you notice an out-of-focus white-haired man in a black suit, that'll be me. The other shot I did appears very briefly on a TV screen showing a reporter outside the Darling Mansion. Way behind her, I'm one of the people being stopped by police from getting into the Mansion. Considering how much time was spent getting the shot, you would have thought it would have been featured better.

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Larry Anderson has provided a tribute to Reg Park..

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A Martial Arts Movie fan named Mike wrote,
"I'm looking for a Martial Arts film I saw in the early 1970's; in a San Francisco Asian Movie House. Since it had no English subtitles, I don't know it's name. It's NOT Shaolin Intruders! It had some crazy Reverse Human Pyramid. And before forming the Pyramid, each Martial Artist had a different Weapon. The one Weapon I remember, was a Shield with a hole in the middle; like a Donut. And once they formed the Reverse Haman Pyramid, they could hardly be beaten. Do you know the name of this Movie, & how I might get a copy of it? It's a fond memory from my Teenage years."
If this sounds familiar to you, please drop me a line.

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Don Bruce has died from complications after a recent surgery.
Don was a fellow who came onto the Italian Western fan scene about a decade ago and stirred things up. Inspired by articles about locations used in Spain for the production of the Sergio Leone Westerns, Don made it his mission to seek out every location Leone ever used - including locations in Ireland for DUCK, YOU SUCKER and the U.S. for ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. His comparsion photographs of locations "then and now" have appeared on DVDs for the Leone Westerns, and he talked about turning his research into a book. Sadly, that book did not come to be before he fell ill.

Don Bruce and Marla Johnson photographed by German actor Dan van Husen in 2004. They were in a building in Almeria, Spain, used in the film EL CONDOR as a Cantina. Here's Dan in the left corner of this frame grab alongside Ricardo Palacios and Lee Van Cleef.

While in Spain, Don befriended Aldo Sanbrell and even paid his way to visit L.A. twice. Thankfully, Don invited me and Tom Betts of WESTERNS ALL'ITALIANA to chat with Aldo, as well as to attend the annual Golden Boot Awards fundraiser. Many fans can testify to Don's generosity and willingness to share what he found. He will be missed.

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Robert Monell sent this announcement from the Reg Park family:
"It is with great sadness that we have to inform Reg Park’s friends, fans and supporters around the world that Reg passed away this morning, 22 November 2007.
"Reg’s remaining time with us was spent with great dignity surrounded by a sea of love and good wishes from around the globe. He expressed his most sincere thanks and love to all who supported and loved him throughout his life. Reg and his family also wished to thank everybody who sent so many beautiful messages of support throughout his illness.
"The Legend will continue to live in our hearts and our souls.
"The memorial will take place at 8 Gail road Morningside, Sandton, South Africa, on Sunday afternoon at 16:30, 25 November 2007. Please post all messages via Reg's Guestbook on www.regpark.net
"With Love and gratitude from the Park Family,
"Mareon, Jeunesse, Jon Jon, Frik, Michelle, Kaya, Tamarac, Travis, Trent"

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In a Los Angeles Times Book Review of SILENT MOVIES The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture by Peter Kobel and the Library of Congress, Richard Schickel made this interesting insight:
"Movies, unlike the other arts, are uniquely dependent on nostalgia for their staying power. Moviegoers have - or had - real feelings for the stars and the narrative conventions that absorbed their attention when they were young and impressionable. But nostalgia is sub-critical and anti-historical - emtional near-beer. To unleash its power, a writer has to have been there, sharing the joys of movies when they first burst upon the screen."

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Have a listen..

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Rick Garibaldi asks, "What is singer Raoul's last name?"
John Nudge knew that "Raoul" was really named Ettore Lovecchio. The IMDb seems to suggest that he also appeared as an actor under the name Raul Lovecchio.

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A beautiful two-disc DVD set of the 1984 TV version of THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII has come out from Colosseo Film of Germany. It is available in the U.S. from Xploited Cinema.

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Check this out.

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Both Dave Dowling and Robert Monell sent along the following message:
"The Park Family is sad to inform you that Reg has been in ICU over the past week and that Reg will be taken home today. There is nothing further that can be done for him there and we want him to be comfortable and surrounded by his family and friends. This is a very difficult time but we would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all who have been calling and sending messages of love, good wishes, and prayers over the past months. Reg certainly has the ability to bring out the best in everybody who comes into his sphere. This has been evident over the last months with the many medics that have been attending to Reg, whose spirits are instantly lifted when they are around him.
"We thank you all and will keep you posted, but Reg's time is short. Please use Reg's Guestbook on regpark.net to post messages.
Regards,
The Park Family.
regpark.net/bb/index.php.

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John Steiner is now working as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker. Check this out.

The new three-disc DVD release of CALIGULA features a terrific twenty-something minute chat with Steiner about his whole career with some candid comments about Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, Antonio Margheriti and Tinto Brass among others.

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Subject: Press Release from regpark.net
We sadly inform all the thousands of family, friends and fans around the globe that Reg Park, The Legend, has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and we are told it is untreatable.
Even during this extremely trying time, in a way typical of Reg, he is concerned for each and every one of you, and he is optimistic.
He is now so glad and feels blessed to have his immediate family around him, and with all of us he is positive. We knew that he was an icon but only now have realized the immense love and influence he has had on thousands of lives. The support through phone calls, emails, visits and postings has been overwhelming.
Reg is currently undergoing radiation treatment and is exploring all other avenues possible.
The gym where Reg has been training himself, the other trainers, patrons and his clients over the last 15 years have sent messages and enquiries about his well being. His popularity has transcended people of all races and creeds - a tribute to Reg, known as The Legend.
He has walked the talk and lived life to the fullest, his way, and for that he will always be remembered as a true Legend.
In a tribute to Reg, his son Jon Jon, now based in LA, will be calling his new gym the Legacy Gym, to continue the legacy of transforming lives positively and continuing The Legend. His daughter Jeunesse will be forming the Reg Park Legacy Foundation to assist the many who cannot afford to have access to physical training to improve their quality of life.
Reg is a man who never compromised his principles or beliefs. It takes some thinking to realize what he achieved. Can you imagine any other world champion in any other field regardless of who they may be, and without disrespect to any, winning a world title three times over 14 years and then coming back five years later after his final victory and competing on an unleveled playing field, with those 21 years his junior, and still placing respectably in the top 3.
Reg is known to his family and to all others who know him as a REAL MAN.
He recognizes that we create our own reality and set our own life paths, he is a deeply spiritual man who loves life and especially rejoices in nature, a giving man who has helped so many.
Whatever you believe, power of prayer or positive thought, give a moment to the great Reg Park, our father, grandfather and Mareon's loving husband. Now each day will be another day we have to be with Reg and keep him as comfortable in his family as we can while he battles against this terrible affliction.
Even though Reg and the family may not respond to everyone?s attempts at contact, this does not mean we do not appreciate and recognize your love and support. Not only does it mean the world to Reg but also to us, his family.
We apologize for being somber while informing you of this. We know that Reg has been positive throughout his life in everything he has done and continues to do and always wants the same for all his family, friends, clients and fans. Thus we leave you with the message that Reg has always impressed upon us- live every moment to its fullest and cherish every breath of life.
The Park family

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On May 28, 2007, one of the most beautiful women to ever grace a movie theater screen died at the age of 72: Leonora Ruffo.
Born Eleonora Ruffo in Rome, Italy on January 13, 1935, the woman was reportedly discovered by director Pietro Francisici for his 1951 film LE MERAVIGLIOSE AVVENTURE DI GUERRIN. Why she was billed as Bruna Falchi in GLI AMANTI DI RAVELLO for director Luigi Capuano is unknown, but she was back to Leonora Ruffo for Francisci's LA REGINA DI SABA in 1952. When Federico Fellini used her for I VITELLONI, she was billed as Eleonora Ruffo, but after that she stuck to Leonora until she retired from acting in 1969. In between, she worked with Mark Forest in LA VENDETTA DI ERCOLE, Gordon Scott in MACISTE CONTRO IL VAMPIRO, Reg Park in ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA, Kirk Morris in 2+5: MISSIONE HYDRA and Anthony Ghidra in ...E VENNE IL TEMPO DI UCCIDERE.
I hope she had a fulfilling personal life, and will always be grateful that she allowed her visage to be captured on film.

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"Director Bruno Mattei is reported to have died at age 75. He had checked into a Rome hospital complaining of stomach pain, fell into a coma and never awakened. Mattei had been working on ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD 2, a sequel to his zombie film from last year.
"Mattei helmed 50 films (often using the pseudonym "Vincent Dawn") in assorted exploitation genres over the course of his career, including several EMMANUELLE films with actress Laura Gemser and other erotic titles, but is probably best known for 1980?s NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES (a.k.a. INFERNO DEI MORTI VIVENTI/HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD, released in the U.S. in 1983), one of many walking-dead flicks to come out of Italy in the wake of DAWN OF THE DEAD. His other horror credits include 1980?s THE OTHER HELL (a.k.a. GUARDIAN OF HELL), 1984?s RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, 1990?s SHOCKING DARK (a.k.a ALIENNATORS) and 1995?s CRUEL JAWS. He recently got back into the flesheater fold with 2003?s LAND OF DEATH and CANNIBAL WORLD, 2004?s THE TOMB and the aforementioned ISLAND."
Michael Gingold

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Guy Farley writes,
"After a lifetime of watching spaghetti cinema from the 50's & 60's I know most of the voice actors' voices by heart. I even know what one or 2 of them actually look like, however I know very few of their names.
"There is one voice actor in particular who is more recognizable than all the others (to me that at least).
"His voice can be heard in everything from Peplum to Spaghetti westerns, to Kaiju films (Japanese monsters). I even heard him in 1 episode of Gigantor. Unfortunately I have know idea what his name is.
"Clues to his identity are as follows:
"1. He is the voice of the King 'Pelius' in the US dubbed version of Hercules.
"2. Early in GBU (he did at least 4-5 different voices in this film) he is one of 3 bounty killers & says to Tuco: 'Hey amigo, you know you got a face beautiful enough to worth $2000.00?'
"3. However, he may be most recognizable as the announcer for the Sons of Hercules series: 'Through the centuries in olden times there lived, the sons of Hercules, heroes supreme, they roamed the earth righting wrongs helping the weak & oppressed' etc., etc., etc.,
"Any idea who he is?"

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"How many films did Shintaro Katsu and Raizo Ichikawa star in together?"
Michael has 10:
"(1) YAGYU SWORDSMANSHIP: THE SECRET LEGEND OF THE MOONLIGHT SHADOW (DAIEI 1956) - RAIZO and KATSU play young Yagyu students.
"(2) BENZEN KOMO (DAIEI 1957) This is a period yakuza film as the pair play tatooed gamblers who rescue a young girl from an evil boss.
"(3) CHUSHINGURA (DAIEI 1958) - Lavish but dated outing. At 3 hours its a bit of a stretch without subtitles. RAIZO plays Lord Asano and Katsu is Horibe Yajubei.
"(4) THE HUMAN REVOLUTION, aka NICHEREN AND THE MONGOLS (DAIEI 1958) Epic battle scenes abound as RAIZO and KATSU play the two HOJO brothers Tokimune and Tokisuke.
"(5) CHRONICLE OF THE PALE CHERRY BLOSSOMS (DAIEI 1959) - More CHUSHINGURA as RAIZO plays TANGE TAZEN and KATSU again plays Horibe Yajubei.
"(6) THE TWO MUSASHI'S (DAIEI 1960) - Odd but interesting outing as RAIZO plays the younger of two Musashi's and KATSU plays SASAKI KOJIRO for the second time the same year (he was in a stand alone KOJIRO film).
"(7) BUDAH (DAIEI 1961)
"(8) THE GREAT WALL (DAIEI 1962) - Fans of HERO should check this out RAIZO plays the assassin and KATSU the QIN EMPEROR
"(9) THE LONG BLADES OF CHUSHINGURA (DAIEI 1962) - Updatated to the Bakumatsu era, RAIZO is the yakuza leading a bunch of farmers to avenge the murder of his boss. Katsu is a DAIMYO that helps them out.
"(10) MITO KOMON: JOURNEY TO THE WEST (DAIEI -1962)"
Chris Casey has:
"1. Bara wa Ikutabika [sometimes known as "A Girl Isn't Allowed Love" (1955)
"2. Osaka Monogatari [aka, "Osaka Story"] (1957)
"3. Benzen Komo [sometimes listed as "Benten Kozo"] (1958)
"4. Chushingura (1958)
"5. Hakuoki [aka "Samurai Vendetta"] (1959)
"6. Hanakurabe Tanuki Dochu (1961)
"7. Hatsuharu tanuki goten [aka "Enchanted Princess"] (1959)
"8. Jirocho Fuji (1959)
"9. Zoku Jirocho Fuji (1960)
"10. Mito Komon Umi o Wataru (1961)
"11. Oe-yama Shuten-doji [aka "Ogre of Mount Oe"] (1960)
"12. Shaka [aka, "Buddha"..."Budha"?] two different release dates given. Shaka=1961, "Buddha"=1963. Both of these are Japanese release dates, too. Unusual.
"13. Shin Shikotei [aka "Great Wall"] (1962)
"14. Tsukigata Hanpeita (1956)
"15. Yagu Renyasai: Hidentsuki Kagesho (1956)
"16. Yukinojo henge (1963) [aka, "An Actor's Revenge"]"
Michael responds,
"I checked Chris' list with Merlin of Samurai Video. Some of these titles we have never heard of but that doesn't mean they are not true. SAMURAI VENDETTA is CHRONICLE OF PALE CHERRY BLOSSOMS but my question is what are the the English titles for 6, 8, and 9. But he is missing NICHEREN (1958)and LONG BLADES OF CHUSHINGURA (1962) so that would make 18 in all."

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Howard Hughes wrote, "I think Reeves is dubbed into English by Richard McNamara for the first HERCULES. Do you know who dubbed Reeves in HERCULES UNCHAINED, as it's a completely different voice."
Please drop me a line if you know.

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Mailan asks,
"I just bought the set of Lone Wolf and Cub DVDs last week. Awesome stuff to watch!!
"I am wondering if you know what happened to the child star who played Daigoro?"
If you know, please drop me a line.

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If anyone has a copy of THE TREASURE OF MAKUBA with Cameron Mitchell
please drop me a line.

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A fellow wrote,
"I was in Rome for two weeks and I saw a poster announcing a movie called VAMPIRI and it had red lips with a bat. The movie seem to have started in March. Is this movie available yet and possibly can a copy of the poster be had?"
If anyone has information on this, please drop me a line.

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Yohanes wrote,
"I remembered a movie I watched when I was a kid, I can't remember the title and I can't determine whether it's US or Europe / Italian movie. It's about a dog (German shepherd) who 'avenged, the death of its master if I'm not mistaken). I can only remember the scene in the beginning: a criminal escaped from police and a sheriff or warden chased him in swamp area, bringing his dog. The criminal managed to kill this officer but then, I forgot everything. Possibly the dog survived and hunting this man ... It was kinda brutal film... Any idea of the title? Available in Video / DVD?"
Ron Whelan recognized this as:
"THE DOG, aka VENGEANCE. It stars Jason Miller from THE EXORCIST and the great Aldo Sambrell was one of the co-stars. It was made in Spain in 1976."
Jorge da Cunha also recognized this description as THE DOG, which is available on VHS in South Africa.
This is one of those U.S. pre-recorded VHS tapes I've had for over a decade and still haven't watched. I believe it was released by TWE Home Video.

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Yohanes wrote,
"Just want to share a bit information. If you have double-feature Django DVD from Anchor Bay there's a nice booklet there, describing trivias about Django and other movies that have been Django-fied or clearly influenced by the original Corbucci's Django. There's one title mentioned: Cowboys must be Crazy, year unknown, and the country origin is assumed as Philippines. Actually it's an Indonesian comedy movie that I recently watched partially on TV called, 'Koboi Sutra Ungu' (Purple Silk Cowboy), a campy comedy directed by one of our most prominent comedy director, the late Nyak Abbas Acup. I can't blame Anchor Bay for this mistake since it's very difftcult to get a copy of this movie, even in Indonesia.
"This film was indeed influenced by Django, or making parody of Django. The main character drags a guitar case - not machine gun is inside - but merchandise! hahahahaha ... But alas, the score use Django theme song instrumentalized and rearranged but definitely you can still recognize the tune.
"Still on similar Django parody, there's also another Indonesian movie titled 'Tiga Django' (Three Djangos) -now the main character drives a buggy with small another carriage behind. Another campy comedy, now starred the late Benyamin Sueb, also one of Indonesia prominent comedian.
"Those facts clearly show that the popularity of Django was definitely quite significant in Indonesia too. In slang words in the past we usually use word 'Njango' which roughly means as showing 'bold, rough, don't-give-a-damn' attitude, just like Django. People here sometimes still remember it, though.
"Now a question about Django: When it's released the first time, it is instantly banned in UK. But few years ago the ban was lifted. Do you know any story about it? Does it mean that it is shown in theatres in England for the first time ... in this modern-day cinema?"

I know that after the ban was lifted, DJANGO was screened in a series hosted by the British Film Institute, and that the BFI got a print for its collection. The film has played on TV in the U.K. and is now available on home video, but I don't think it got a belated theatrical release.
In the U.S., a few people in the South reported seeing DJANGO during some test screenings in the late 1960s, but the film never got a national theatrical release. It came out in the mid-1980s on Magnum Home Video, but has reportedly never played on U.S. TV.

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Julian Grainger is looking for the following films featuring Thomas Hunter:
REVENGE (dir. Pino Tossini, 1968)
EQUINOZIO (dir. Maurizio Ponzi, 1970)
MADNESS (dir. Cesare Rau, 1971)
CARLOS (dir. Hans W. Geissendörfer, 1971) with Gerladine Chaplin, Anna Karina and Horst Frank
WER STIRBT SCHON GERNE UNTER PALMEN/DEATH AMONG THE PALM TREES (dir. Alfred Vohrer, 1974)

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Wanted on DVD (in English or original language with English subtitles and letterboxed):

1) THEY CAME TO ROB LAS VEGAS, Directed by Antonio Isasi
2) THE SLEEPING CAR MURDER, Directed by Costa Gavras
3) THE CONFESSION, Directed by Costa Gavras
4) JEFF, Directed by Jean Herman
5) THE 2nd BEST SECRET AGENT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, aka LICENCE TO KILL, Directed by Lyndsey Shonteff
6) WHERE THE BULLETS FLY, Directed by John Gilling
7) NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER.

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Charles Gilbert wonders:
"of what did Michele Girardon of DEVIL OF THE DESERT AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES die at the age of 37?"

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Alejandra Zappone is looking for a copy of BRARCHI (1999) starring Ginluca Grignani.
Can anyone help?

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Mike Eustace wondered, "Does anyone know who voiced the opening narration to SPARTACUS? A really familiar sounding voice, but uncredited."
Bill Reynolds answered this one: "The voice is Vic Perrin. He also did the opening narration on one of my favorite TV series 'Outer Limits'."

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Trevor Thomas is looking for an Anthony Steffen film in which he plays a prominent Indian (Sect from staunch Hindustani background) convert to radical Christianity. The name of the film is SADHU SUNDAR SINGH. Has anyone any information about it?
Trevor has also informed me that he has doubles of PAL prerecords for THEODORA SLAVE EMPRESS, DUEL OF CHAMPIONS, and three prerecords of HANNIBAL. He also has doubles of NTSC prerecords of BATTLE OF THE VALIANT, MESSALINA VS THE SONS OF HERCULES, REVENGE OF THE BARBARIANS (w/Anthony steel), SPARTACUS AND THE TEN GLADIATORS.
If you have an interest in any of these tapes, please drop me a line.
Trevor is also looking for a movie about THE BATTLE OF SALAMINA.
And for a copy of DACII, aka THE DACIANS, aka THE WARRIORS, a Romanian/French production directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu, about the invasion of present-day Romania by the Ancient Romans. The cast includes Amza Pellea, Pierre Brice, Georges Marchal and Marie Jose Nat. (So, it seems that the French play the Romans in this flick.)

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Who wrote the lyrics and who sings the theme song for SARTANA KILLS THEM ALL?
John Mansell opinioned, "Giombini worked with Peter Boom many times, so it could be him. He also wrote lyrics for movie soundtracks."

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Carl Kidder needs help finding a particular Western:
"I am looking for the western in which the following scene is in. The scene is an escape convict on the run and hiding in the bushes see a American Army Officer on horseback. The escapee makes a noise and the officeer gets off his horse to investigate. The convict jumps the officer and a fight starts, but the officer is no match and soon is laid out. The convict then takes the officers gun belt off, then starts to strip the officer and when the scene returns he is dressed the the officers uniform and the officer gagged and tied in his long johns."
Please drop me a line if you've got an idea as to what this movie might be.

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If you can, please help me to find some missing subscribers.

Issues mailed out to Keith T. Breese, formerly of Aurora CO,
Todd Severson, formerly of Minneapolis MN,
and Cliff Dunlap, formerly of Tacoma WA,
have come back "Return To Sender". If you know how I can get ahold of these people, please drop me a line.

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Please drop me a line if you can help on these requests:
Michael Barnum is seeking photos of "Richard Harrison, particularly from his westerns or spy films if anyone out there has any they would like to sell."

Richard Owens is looking for material on Ed Fury.

Linus Bengtsson is looking for "Italo Martinenghi's E Cosi Divennero I 3 Supermen/3 Supermen In The West. I can either trade for some other movies or pay."

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The new U.S. DVD release of NAVAJO JOE has a screwed-up moment that is glaring.
In the pre-credits sequence, Duncan (Aldo Sanbrell), shoots the Indian woman and then scalps her. The music starts shreiking as Duncan begins to scalp the woman and should continue until the scene shifts to the opening credits and the gang is seen riding towards the camera.
That's how the movie was when it played theatrically, how in appeared on the MGM/UA VHS and how it appeared on the Japanese DVD release by Stingray.
Now, the new MGM DVD, released through 20th Century Fox, shows up and the distinctive percussion hit that has always signalled the beginning of the credits sequence comes during the scalping, causing the main theme to begin early.
After the music finished, the audio engineer laid in more sound of the gang riding to keep the rest of the movie in sync.
What had been a treasured cinematic moment of picture and music syncing perfectly is ruined on the new DVD release. What are the chances that a re-release will correct this? (Poor, I believe.)

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Well, I've had my third experience with passing a kidney stone.
On Thursday morning at 7:30, I awoke to use the toilet and soon felt the beginnings of the pain in my lower abdomen that I recognized from my previous two experiences. I was able to defecate, but not to urinate.
I consoled myself with thinking that my two previous stones were small, and this would probably be even smaller as I had cut milk out of my diet entirely. After my second experience, and my second visit to the hospital Emergency Room, I saught treatment from an Urologist, who explained to me that visiting the ER was pointless for stones this small. At most they would insert a catheter into my urethra, which would allow me to urinate and pass the stone quickly, but would then lead to weeks of a burning sensation whenever I urinated. Plus both times they stuck me on a cold metal table and did virtually nothing to make me comfortable for the five or so hours they kept me there until they felt for certain the stone had passed. The Urologist suggested that it would be better to stay home, take a vicodin and let the event occur.
And, of course, now that I am unemployed and don't have health insurance the cost that I would have to pay for that worthless visit to the ER would skyrocket.
So, I went online to Wikipedia to verify my memory of what the Urologist said with what they had written down. It verified. Luckily, I still had some Hydrocodone from the dentist after he pulled some teeth, so I took one. And I opened a bottle of water and guzzled. If nothing else, the pill made me sleepy and I was able to take a nap on the couch.
A little while later, I got off from the couch and didn't feel much pain. And I felt like using the toilet. I went in and actually urinated and then the abdomen pain returned. It was a little duller, but it was definitely there. As I had urinated and thus may have expelled the initial stone, I wondered it this meant that I was passing a second stone. Enough time had passed for me to take a second pill. I opened another bottle of water and guzzled it, and then tried fruitlessly to find some position to physically put myself that was comfortable awaiting nature to take its course.
I got up and urinated again, which certainly must have expelled any stones in my system, but the pain continued. I then figured that the pain was my system still aching from the experience, and I would just have to put up with it until it recovered.
At about 2:30pm, I finally felt relief. I wasn't sure if the pain was gone or just that the Hydrocodone was masking it. But the Hydrocodone hadn't made it go away the previous six or seven hours, so I felt I was finally on the mend.
After consulting the Urologist, I had scheduled regular times while I was at work to down a bottle of water. After the job ended and I was mostly at home, I stopped drinking as much water, and I think that was what led to this new incident. Plus I'm going to have to cut down on the amount of Pepsi that I drink. Many believe there is a link between kidney stones and cola drinks.
Hopefully, there won't be a fourth kidney stone experience.

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