A Coffin for the Sheriff / Una bara per lo sceriffo (Mario Caiano, 1965)


(Vito Cipriani) #27

Sounds like it to me.

I watched this last week, via the new WE disc. Not a particularly memorable film, imo. I’d seen it before, via the Japanese DVD, about ten years ago. Am I right in saying the WE disc is a little longer than the SPO DVD?

The English dub on this sounds a little newer than the film - like it was recorded in the mid/late 1970s - and the titles seem out of place too (although they’re the same titles on the SPO disc, I noted). Does anyone know when the English version was prepared? I’m guessing it was later than '65.


(scherpschutter) #28

Finally watched it. Strictly routine for about an hour, but then building up to a good finale
Odd that so many people thought the title was bizarre, it seemed quite obvious to me where it came from

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(Stanton) #29

Yes, after being for most of its runtime a forgettable routine flic, it surprisingly builds up to a good climax.

Why Go on Killing?, Steffen’s second Spagie from 65, is the much better film though.


(morgan) #30

The last fourth or so is considerably better than the rest. One star for Eduardo Fajardo and the final showdown.


(JonathanCorbett) #31

Carlos, do you know anything about Gonzalo Braña, credited in the Spanish version called Una tumba para el Sheriff?

There is no trace of him in the Database/Forum and his filmography on IMDb consists of 1 movie (a sort of biopic) and 1 episode of Spanish TV series Diego Acevedo.

Google search shows that a Gonzalo Braña Pérez died on 19 April 2015 in Gijon (Asturias).


(carlos) #32

Nope, the only other Braña I’ve seen is Tino. Frank is also a Perez so probably a connection. Looks like you found a couple of new names there.


(JonathanCorbett) #33

Here is the episode with Gonzalo Braña:


(carlos) #34

Too bad the closing cast is alphabetical rather than in order of appearance. Did you find any possibilities in common?


(JonathanCorbett) #35

I haven’t checked yet. But if he’s the same guy who died in Gijon last year, that narrows it down to actors in their mid-twenties.


(JonathanCorbett) #36

hermanos: Angélica (†), Francisco (†), Amalia, José Luis (†) y Josefina Braña Pérez

These names appear in the obituary, so Gonzalo was almost certainly Frank Braña’s younger brother.


(JonathanCorbett) #37

Taking into account the mid-twenties thing main possibilities are Sam, Rojo henchman with checked shirt (see 26:50 and 71:50), or Clark and Peter (Jorge Rigaud’s subordinates, see 50:20), but I ‎didn’t find any of the three in El Cadete San Martin.

I think this guy in the TV episode kind of looks like Francisco but I don’t remember seeing him in A Coffin for the Sheriff, unless he’s one of the men led by Jorge Rigaud in the scene starting at 53:30 (unfortunately I have a low resolution copy).

Let’s see what you think.


(carlos) #38

Looks like we were on similar tracks. The guy above has a nice role but no closeups. I don’t know Eloy Rosillo or Pablo Sanz so I couldn’t eliminate them. I guess you mean the guys lined up to defend Rigaud’s ranch, that scene starts a couple minutes later in mine. It’s dark but with brightening up and zooming in some, I don’t see any matches (I’ll post a composite if you want). For reference here’s what I was looking at from Coffin.


Rojo henchmen, Clark & Peter (3 & 4), barman, banker, man in saloon


(Martin) #39

I found it remarkable that the male hero, Shenandoah (Anthony Steffen), is able to exact his revenge on Lupe Rojo (Armando Calvo), Murdoch (Eduardo Fajardo), Kruger (Arturo Dominici) and their gang of cutthroats only because of the courageous interference of a female character, Elsie, Lupe’s woman (María Vico). In an instance of female self-determination and solidarity atypical of (Italian) Westerns, Elsie threatens to shoot Rojo and Murdoch as the latter is about to ravish Jane Wilson (Luciana Gilli). Elsie pays with her life, of course, but Shenandoah survives and kills the man who is responsible for his wife’s rape and subsequent murder. But for Elsie, Shenandoah would have been trapped forever in the male self-pity and maudlin despondency of the theme song’s lyrics. Or maybe not – Murdoch would have tortured him to death.


(Martin) #40

Excellent DVD release from Colosseo Film: two different covers (slipcase and keep case); three audio options (English, German, Italian), subtitles in German; video interviews with director Mario Caiano (1933–2015) and film score composer Francesco De Masi (1930–2005).


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(Gritz) #41

I concur, just got my copy in the mail today and it’s a great release. I already had this on a Wild East double bill but here the film runs 2 mins longer the picture quality is an upgrade so I am a happy gunslinger.


(JonathanCorbett) #42

Both Gonzalo Braña and Francisco R. Alacid are in the 1966 Spanish movie Cotolay, now available on YouTube as El niño y el lobo.

Our henchman named Sam is in, there’s no doubt about it! The guy on the left could be the same actor who plays Peter, but having checked quickly I’m not sure of that.


(JonathanCorbett) #43

Also present in Gianni Puccini’s Fury of Johnny Kid


(carlos) #44

After watching Cotolay, the more I compare the guy in El Cadete San Martin, I’m seeing him, if you shaved Sam, the woodcutter or the Mounters son, or put a beard on him. The YouTube video is too low resolution to see facial lines but these all may be the same guy.

Looks like you’re on to Peter and the other woodcutter too


(JonathanCorbett) #45

Good, it looks like we finally found out which of the two is Gonzalo!

Isn’t the other bearded henchman on Reply #38, 2nd pic Rafael Vaquero?


(carlos) #46

Yes, but the guy behind him is also familiar.