Seems like it was around 20 years ago a Beat released a CD titled “Francesco De Masi’s Western Soundtracks” with music from Any Gun Can Play, Sartana Non Perdona and Kill Them All And Come Back Alone. (Went out of print quickly and was later reissued with different cover art, but same catalog number.) I loved this CD and have listened to it hundreds of times over the years (just ask my wife who is, shall we say, less of a fan than I).
I knew I had to see these films. The only one I could locate at the time was a full screen multi-generation VHS dupe put out by Sinister Cinema (in the US) of Any Gun Can Play. It would be years before I could locate any other version of any of these movies. Finally with many thanks to a very kind forum member I’ve seen the last and best of these three films.
This film could be the exemplification of why I bother to watch C grade spaghetti westerns. It’s cheaply made. The sets are poor. It’s derivative. The only reason it was made is as pure escapist entertainment. But entertain it does!
The good: the relationship between Uriah/George Martin and Kitchener/Gilbert Roland: ambiguous. They were friends at one time, there is an element of tension to their relationship which may just be the kind of teasing and one-up-manship of male bonding, but now there are working at cross purposes. The film keeps the suspense up. Will they attempt to kill one another, will the film end in a duel between former friends? Well done.
Plus Gilbert Roland is given a lot of good, fun dialogue here. Yes, he’s one viejo hombre but this type of SW has no relation to reality so why let it intrude on a good time? I find Roland to have an excellent screen presence in this film and whenever he is on screen the film fires on all cylinders.
I could go on, Elam’s nasty villian who turns out to be a cheat and a coward, etc.
Must concede the weak points. The flm does sport what are likely the worst flashback sequences ever to be lensed. They are jaw droppingly awful. It’s hard to imagine the director and his colleagues watching those sequences and considering them acceptable (if they had any pride or taste). There’s a ‘death by dynamite’ bit which is a little cliche, but no matter.
Overall the most fun I’ve had watching an SW in a long, long time. I had relatively high expectations from the clip Shobary posted on you tube and I was not disappointed. If you enjoy that clip seek out this film.
4.75/5 on the fun scale