[b]Judas…toma tus monedas/b, directed by Pedro L. Ramírez
Another western from the Balcázar production line, this time inspired by The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Bad here is Luke Morgan (the late Daniel Martín); the Ugly is obviously Fernando Sancho, once again playing a Mexican character named Carrancho and the role of the Good is split between a gunslinger (George Martín) and an anonymous bounty hunter (Vittorio Richelmy) identified by some sources as “Sabata”. They’re all, of course, in search of a cargo of gold and forever playing tricks on one another in a story I sometimes could not understand. Early in the story, Luke Morgan shoots Carrancho in the middle of the desert and leaves him behind, although the Mexican is subsequently rescued by the bounty hunter. Later, when Luke Morgan discovers that Carrancho was the bearer of valuable information, he proceeds to mobilize his men to find him. How did he know he had survived? For the rest, this is routinely watchable stuff featuring a pleasingly lightweight score by Piero Piccioni, which bypasses the genre’s predominant style, and making better use of Catalan locations than is common in these films. In the Spanish language version, as usual, Sancho dubs himself and the rest of the cast, including a well-established dubbing actor, don’t. César Ojínaga, a familiar voice in Spanish soundtracks at the time, does his usual bit whenever cast in a western: turning up towards the beginning, being villainous and then being gunned down. So far, nothing new except that, as soon as he opens his mouth, out come the tones of his colleague (and probable acquaintance) Francisco Garriga.