Watched the Franco Cleef version. In a very twisty tale, Sartana gets involved in the matter of a mining town, whose shipments of gold are regularly attcked by a gang of bandits. However, the shipments actually contain sand, and the town money man has kept the lot, conspiring with the bandits, and plans to pit Sartan, the bandits and another gunman named Sabbath against each other while he and his partner make good their escape with their ill-gotten gains.
God the plot was complicated in this one; I think that if i’d nipped out for a minute i’d have lost it completely! Their are plots, deals and double crosses aplenty, involving the money man, Sartana, the bandits, Sabbath and the local saloon owner, who, at the end of the film tries to edge Sartana out of their deal, but he has a surprise up his sleeve. A lot of trickery too, such as a gun in a loaf of bread, a gun in a boot and a scene where sartana puts out a fuse by throwing a water canteen above it and then shooting a hole in it so the water pours out over the fuse! Sartana himself is ably played by George Hilton, and it seems he has a soft spot for eggs, and is rather kindhearted (saving a woman and her son from the bandits and giving them enough money to settle elsewhere). The character of Sabbath, played by Charles Southwood was very good too. A white suited, poetry reading, parasol weilding dandy, his appearance causes one man to say to another “What is the West coming to?!”
Overall, a very enjoyable view and one of the better films i’ve watched recently. Love the soundtrack too. I only have two tracks from it and would really like to get my hands on the whole thing if it’s available…anyone know anything?