WARNING - contains spoilers, opinions, some negative comments, a reference to Dear Jeff, and to dirty jeans. Certainly NOT to be read by SD ( now - you've been warned - so please don't come belly-aching afterwards).
This was watched last night, and as with others I found it to be pretty much an american style B-movie, and pretty bad. It 'spaghetti-ism' comes from swapping what otherwise may have been some cliched 'Black Bart'-type character and his cattle rustlers, to here their being transformed into swarthy mexican banditos, instead.
Its got soppy ol' love goin on between (Austrian) Carl Mohner and Alessandro Panaro (as Topsy Collins). She's the virginal sheriff's daughter and was 23 at the time. Mohner as the protaganist hero and love-god was 49 at the time, and altho' I've not got a problem with that sort of age gap in real life, it doesn't sit well in this film. Mohner is meant to be playing a Clinty-type scruff, unshaven and roughy-toughy - but he just cannot manage it. Underneath it all he's a smoothy and as miscast as I've seen a character since dear ol' Jeff Hunter played a young man in 'Christmas Kid'. In fact this is worse as Carl M. doesn't have Jeff's charisma, and his voice actually reminded me one of the Tracy boys from the puppet series 'Thunderbirds'. Anyway scepticism aside, the whole thing is too talky and a bit, well - shit.
Well, except it's not...
This film is actually worth watching. Certainly not for the 2 leads, but for the real stars of the show. There's a three way love/filth thing going on betwixt the mexican barroom singer (played by the crackin' Mila Stanic), and two other major characters in the film. El Diablo, the top mexican hard-nut, (who is pretty forgettable, where's Sancho when we need him?) - and the sherrif's son, Victor. He's far better - a slime-ball with a Stengel-like dandyism and a sneer to match, and has the sort of presence that is missing from all of the others - except ....
... the aforementioned Miss Stanic as Rosario! She is the dirtyist, back-stabbinist, bad-to-the boneeist most georgeous :-* :-* :-* female character I've seen in a long time. I nearly had to give up my priesthood, so immoral were my thoughts. (I even thought about washing my jeans and getting rid of my earring, but then I realised that this is a real woman for a real bloke who'd probably like that grubby r'n'r image. She's certainly not some powder-puff virgin for the smoothies). ;D
She made this film for this fellah. Crackin' acting, crackin' outfits - from the full-on gypsy/mexican look to the cow-girl/pistollero gear.
There is a proper spaghetti-stylee face off between her and Victor towards the end, and for me, this is worth the price of admission as well. The ending-proper belongs to the American B-movie westerns and is as vomit-worthy as they come. Other than for Miss Stanic there's not a lot, obviously, to recommend this film. But, for this outstandingly magnificent smouldering piece of georgeousness - it gets at least this write-up to save her honour. Now, what else is she in? 'De Guello' ... got that somewhere ... and hmmmm ... 'A Colt in the Hand of a Devil' - her, Woods and Berger- damn!!!!!! Anybody got this and wanna trade? ;D
[Original pre-cert Avi video watched - under the 'Gold Train' title] (Piccies of Rosario now added :-*)
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