Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Bruno Carotenuto

Bruno Carotenuto was born May 8, 1941 in Rome, Italy. He is the grandson of Nello Carotenuto [1876-1937] and the son of the actor Memmo Carotenuto [1908-1980], he is the brother of actress Nennella Carotenuto and nephew of actor Mario Carotenuto [1915-1995]. Bruno began his career in the cinema in 1957 with an appearance in “Solo Dio mi fermerà” directed by Renato Polselli.

His career lasted only 10 years and encompassed on 17 films, mostly comedies and Spaghetti westerns where he was often credited as B. Carotenuto, Carol Brown, Carrol Brown. He starred in his second film, 1957’s  “Mattino di primavera directed by Giacinto Solito but was relegated to secondary and character roles afterward.

He’s probably best remembered as Antonio Baxter the son of Sheriff John Baxter in 1964’s “Fistful of Dollars”.

CAROTENUTO, Bruno (aka B. Carotenuto) [5/8/1941, Rome, Lazio, Italy -     ] – film actor, grandson of actor Nello Carotenuto (Raffaele Carotenuto) [1876-1937], son of producer, actor Memmo Carotenuto (Guglielmo Carotenuto) [1908-1980], nephew of writer, actor Mario Carotenuto [1915-1995], brother of actress Nennella Carotenuto.
The Sheriff – 1960
Fistful of Dollars – 1964 (Antonio Baxter) [as B. Carotenuto]
Massacre at Marble City - 1964 (Lopez) [as Carrol Brown]
Seven Dollars on the Red – 1966 (Rosario) [as Caroll Brown]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RIP Hugh Wilson

Hugh Wilson, American Emmy-winning writer-producer and ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ TV series creator who also directed several features including The First Wives Club and the original Police Academy died January 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 74. Born Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. in Miami, Florida on August 21, 1943 Wilson also directed, wrote the screenplay and acted in the U.S.A./Spanish Euro-western comedy “Rustlers’ Rhapsody’ (1985).

The Men With No Credit ~ David Blossom

We are beginning a five part series on the designers and artists who were involved with the Man With No Name ad campaign for the American release of "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". The biographies for each man were researched and written up by Canadian Film Researcher Mike Ferguson.

David J. Blossom was born in 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. He was the son of Earl Blossom (1891-1970), an Illustrator from the 1930-'50's. The Blossom's lived  in Rye, New York and later moved to Westport and Southport, Connecticut. In 1963, David settled in Weston, Connecticut. He worked at Young & Rubicam as an art director for such accounts as the Ford Motor Company and Pan American Airways. Was a regular cover (and interior) artist for Outdoor Life magazine and Reader's Digest. Later he became a freelance illustrator. He worked with Bernie Fuchs, Fred Otnes, Mitchell Hooks & Ted CoConis at United Artists on the "The Man with No Name" campaign (sources conflict on who did what). Blossom is thought to have drawn all three posters. When a poster for FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE recently sold in auction Mr. Blossom was listed as illustrator. He also created romance paperback book covers with Western themes. He died in 1995 in Weston, Connecticut, United States. Survived by his sister, Mary, and his sons Christopher Travis Blossom, a well-known marine artist, and Peter Blossom, a graphic designer.

Blossom may have also done NAVAJO JOE, THE UGLY ONES & DUCK YOU SUCKER.


Special Birthdays

Ion Colan (actor) is 70 today. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Day 2018

European Western Comic Books ~ La Congiura di Tuerta

La Congiura di Tuerta  tells of the adventures of Kit Carson by Rino Albertarelli, in a version published in the Collana dei Cento, (Edizioni Eco, 1943) but in a giant format.

This western comic saw four issue beginning in January – April 1945. It was published by ROS
And the publishing house Edizioni Il Carro in Milan. The comic book consisted of 16 pages in black and white

The four titles consisted of  “La congiura di Tuerto”, “L’assalto al treno”, “L’Amazzone bianca”,
“Lotta a morte”.

Rino Albertarelli was born in Cesena, Italy on June 8, 1908 and was an Italian comics artist and illustrator. He moved to Milan in 1928, debuting in 1935 for the comic magazines ArgentoVivo! and L'Audace. Two years later he moved to Mondadori, for which he created his most famous character, Kit Carson, as well as the series Dottor Faust and Gino e Gianni. After World War II he slowed his activities as a comic artist, only making a few Emilio Salgari's adaptations for the magazine Salgari and collaborating with some French magazines.

In the 1950s Albertarelli abandoned comics to focus on his activity as an illustrator. After a long hiatus, he returned to comics in 1973 with Daim Press' series I protagonisti del West (also known as I protagonisti), with which he collaborated until his death on September 21, 1974 in Milan. The series was eventually completed by Sergio Toppi.