Just rewatched this one in a much better, widescreen version and I must say I enjoyed it much more than the first time around. It’s that “what a difference a print makes” scenario again I suspect. Last time I saw it on a fullscreen, public domain effort. This time on the RHV release and there is no comparrison. So, I must say that having watched a bunch of early spaghettis recently this one jumps up around the top of that category. Obviously still infuenced heavily by the american 50s style but with a real edge to it and definite signs of what was to come in the eurowesterns to follow. Nice film, but try and see it in widescreen if you can.
On a seperate but connected note, I checked out the film’s page on the database here and was horrified to read a clearly inaccurate synopsis to the film. I quote:
Richard Harrison stars as a combatant in the Mexican civil war. In between bloody skirmishes with the enemy, Harrison takes time out to settle a personal score with his hated foster father.
Hated foster father? For those of you who haven’t seen the film, the Mexican civil war covers one scene near the beginning of the film and from then on Harrison spends the rest of the film avenging the murder of his beloved foster father. At first I thought it had been lifted out of Weisser’s book. But even he gets it more accurate! I’ll be updating the page today.