Watched this for the second time last night. I’d seen it before over a year ago (or whenever the Wild East disc came out)
Cjamango is something of an oddity in that Ivan Rassimov plays a fellow who is not (despite all the rip-offs of No-Name & Django) an “anti-hero” at all. He is a real deal good guy. He saves women and children and vanquishes evil (in the form of Livio Lorenzon & Piero Lulli), and he doesn’t even seem to mind too much when things don’t ultimately go his way.
The Wild East version of this is only a little over 82 minutes and I suspect it is cut up a bit with some missing parts. There are simply tons of continuity errors, unexplained plot developments, & missing character motivations.
All that said, it is a fun and really enjoyable film and I liked it quite a lot.
As noted by Lindberg in the tread, the English dub is really awful. That is nowhere more apparent than in the precredit sequence in which Ivan plays a hand of poker with Pedro Sanchez. Pedro’s dubbing is comically bad.
Ivan/Cjamango is cloned from Clint, poncho & cheroot intact. Before he can collect his poker winnings a cackling, laughing group of baddies enter the saloon and gun everybody down to get the gold. As a poor wounded Cjamango lays on the floor a large wooden table that had been upended rolls over to him and falls right onto his head. Ivan visibly flinches at the pain.
When he reappears after the opening credits Cjamango is now wearing a leather cape. Indeed, there are TWO cape wearing characters in this one. The other is Mr. Jane Mansfield. Ex-bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay plays a somewhat mysterious black clad “whiskey drummer” whose presence is unexplained until the end. He’s a far cry from meek whiskey drummer Donald Meek in Ford’s Stagecoach. This feller can take care of himself.
As noted, there IS a cute kid in this one and, unfortunately, he does not die an ignominious and pointless death.
Cjamango saves him several times (maybe he IS too nice a guy for the Italian west).
Couple of interesting things:
At one point Tigre’s men are assembling around a fellow to shoot him. They form a circle and gun him down. The proverbial circular firing squad at work.
Cjamango gets the crap kicked out of him by BOTH Don Pablo’s men and Tigre’s men. It would be as if Joe got beat up by both the Rojos AND the Baxters. The beatings are back-to-back by the way.
Tigre lives in an old cavalry fort, albeit one with a discontinuous palisade.
Helene Chanel is beautiful and doomed.
I just can’t get over the ending. (Probably just to me) It is SO weird. The strangest Joseph, Mary & Jesus reference in Spaghettidom.