Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dobbs' Cowboys

Dobbs’ Cowboys – International title

A 2016 Spanish production [Rainbow Pictures (Madrid)]
Producer: Daniel Garcia
Director: Daniel Garcia
Story: Daniel Garcia
Screenplay: Daniel Garcia
Cinematography: Alexandru Olteanu [black & white]
Music: Bob Shelton
Running time: 16 minutes

Miner-cowboys - Rubén Benito, Julián Moreno
Miner - Ignacio Escauriaza
Walt - Daniel García
Landowner - Josué Lapeña
Carol - Kelly McCown
Cowboy-landowner - Bob Shelton

Walt wants a decent job in the city, but he doesn't get it. Looking for a better life, he associates with three friends and together they embark on a trip to the Gila Valley in search of gold. They find a mine, but the situation becomes complicated after an unexpected visit from several local landowners.


Special Birthdays

Larry Pennell (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 2013.

Lilo Grahn (actress) would have been 75 today, she died in 2007.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New DVD Release

Freispruch für Old Shatterhand

Director: Hans Heinrich
Starring: Friedrich G. Beckhaus, Guenter Hanke, Toni Herbert, Gerhard Schinschke, Walter Janssen

Country: Germany
Label: Pidax film media Ltd. (Alive AG)
Discs: 1
Format: Dolby, PAL
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Language: Dolby Digital 2.0 German
Running time: 63 minutes
Released: February 16, 2018

For those not familiar with the title it is a semi-documentary about a trial in 1910 Berlin when Karl May sued his adversary Rudolf Lebius for libel. Lebius had called him a born criminal. Lebius brings evidence for May's criminal record during the trial. In flashbacks, May remembers his time in the labor camp and penitentiary and the various crimes with his sidekick Priegel. May's attorney and May himself try to show the "other side"; to clarify the causes and psychological reasons that made him a criminal. And they prove that May is purified. Mays fantasies in the form of film excerpts from the Karl May films with Lex Barker and Pierre Brice are included .

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Antonio Casale

Antonio Casale was born in Italy on May 17, 1932. Casale was an Italian film actor of the 1960s and 1970s who appeared in mostly Spaghetti Westerns between 1965 and 1976. Sometimes credited as Nino Casale and Anthony Vernon he was also spent time behind the camera as a director and assistant director.

Although his later roles were more prominent, Casale is probably most known worldwide for his brief appearance as the dying Bill Carson in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), a film that has consistently been voted one of the greatest of all time. After the western craze was finished Casale could be seen in several crime films during the 1970s.

CASALE, Antonio (aka Nino Casale, Nino Cassale, Anthony Vernon, Antony Vernon) [5/17/1932, Italy – 2/4/2017, Italy] – director, assistant director, film actor.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 (Jackson/Bill Carson)
Ramon the Mexican – 1966 [assistant director]
Born to Kill - 1967 [assistant director]
Buckaroo – 1967 [assistant director]
Son of Django – 1967 [assistant director]
Revenge for Revenge - 1968
Duck You Sucker – 1971 (Notary on Stagecoach) [as Anthony Vernon]
The Grand Duel – 1972 (Hoak) [as Antony Vernon]
A Man Called Blade - 1977 (Dahlman) [as Nino Casale]

Monday, February 19, 2018

RIP Bill Blunden

Award winning British film editor Bill Blunden died on January 3, 2018 in Malmesbury, Wilshire, England. He was 83. Bill was born Thomas William Blunden in Pancas, London, England in 1935. He is the father of film editor Chris Blunden and grandfather of film editor William Blunden. Blunden won an Emmy Award for his work on ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (1979). He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1993 for ‘To Dance with the White Dog’. Blunden was the film editor of 1968’s “Shalako” starring Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot.