I came back to the western corner of spaghetti-land last night with this pretty uninspiring offering.
It started well with Gordon Mitchell sharing a room with a fly and a whore - and looked like it could have a quirky charm for a while. But, it dissolved into a straight-forward shoot-'em-up in stand-offs against 3 or 4 at a time… time after time.
Gordon Mitchell was good of course… but I’ve seen him cooler. Aldo Berti’s craggy good looks and mean ‘n’ moodyness didn’t give the air of menace we know he can exude (EL Puro), and Femi Benussi aint in it so much. The beardy ol’ scrote never shuts up, and any possible pearls of wisdom and wit due to these duffers, if it existed - was buried in waffle. Felice de Stefano’s music was uninspired, and the harmonica refrain distinctly annoying. However, the shoot count (in the head) was pretty good, and I enjoyed the wolf-loop during the latter stages.
It was ok - I wasn’t in danger of switching it off and pouring myself into bed, but neither was I excited by it. It was distinctly average, and given its cast - lacking in a bit of potential for that spaghetti stylee we so love… and that was a shame.
I had a look in the database to see if Tony Mullican had done other films but no mention of him (or his aliases)?
The imdb link had him directing only two other films - a pirate one Il Corsaro, with Robert Woods and another western called Veinte Pasos Para La Muerte from 1970 starring Dean Reed - but I can find no reference to this either.
Does anybody know about this (missing) spaghetti - or is it me that’s missing summat?**
**B.L. - have a scoot around for me will ya - I can’t be arsed!