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Author Topic: Red Blood, Yellow Gold / Professionisti per un massacro (Nando Cicero, 1967)  (Read 6251 times)

IL COMMISSARIO

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RED BLOOD, YELLOW GOLD 1967 aka PROFESSIONISTI PER UN MASSACRO aka PROFESSIONALS FOR A MASSACRE

George Hilton (Tim), Edd Byrnes (Chattanooga Jim), George Martin (Fidel), Gerard Herter (Major Lloyd)

Directed by Nando Cicero; Music by Carlo Pes

Three thieves masquerading as Confederate soldiers try and steal a wagon load of gold only to be captured in the process. Soon after, the gold is stolen anyway by a renegade Confederate officer, Major Lloyd (Herter). Just seconds before the three hoodlums are to be executed, they are saved from death and recruited to retrieve the gold. Lieutenant Logan, a Confederate officer who is suspected of being a Union spy, is sent along to keep an eye on the trinity of ruffians. The gold is ultimately stolen yet again from a nasty Mexican bandit gang. During the conclusion, the three thieves briefly join forces with Major Lloyd to get it back. Subterfuge follows leading to several false endings before the credits roll.

Hilton and Byrnes team up yet again having both previously appeared in the Castellari spaghetti comedy ANY GUN CAN PLAY (1967) before the comedy western became fashionable with MY NAME IS TRINITY (1970). They are joined by George Martin as a Mexican crook. It took me a while to realize Martin was the sheriff in A PISTOL FOR RINGO (1965) as well as featuring in the sequel. He does well decked out like a rabble rousing Mexican bandito.

Hilton, who is top billed, gets about equal screen time with the others. Hilton is the slightly insane ex-preacher named Tim who has a fascination with dynamite and likes to blow stuff up. Of course this habit comes into play more than a few times throughout the course of the film. Hilton quotes from the Bible off and on and engages in some fisticuffs with his co-stars falling into his funnyman routine that would dominate his SW career. It suits him but still for me his best role I've seen him in is in the somber and violent A BULLET FOR SANDOVAL (1970).

Edd Byrnes really doesn't get to do much since the film is shared equally amongst the three actors. Byrnes actually seems disinterested here and I found myself often forgetting he was in the film. He is all over the superb action adventure western 7 WINCHESTERS FOR A MASSACRE (1967) from master action specialist Enzo Castellari. Both Byrnes and Hilton fare better in the other Castellari movie ANY GUN CAN PLAY (1967).

The film drags a bit in places when there isn't action on screen. Once the gold is hijacked by the bandit gang led by a nasty savage named Primero, the film turns a bit violent for the remainder of the picture save for the final moments. There have been hundreds of Mexicans featured in Italian oaters but none quite like the ones seen in this movie. The absolute filthiest, dirtiest and sickly looking bunch I've seen yet. It's as if the director hand picked a bunch of homeless people and put costumes on them. None of the girls are attractive at all and look like men in gowns. The one dancing girl is hardly arousing and a scene I thought was to be humorous turned out not to be so. Primero's gang is seemingly headed by his mother who fancies herself a seer of sorts.

One interesting bit has a somewhat retarded (either that or he was drunk) gang member placed inside a large vase. The bandits take turns shooting at his exposed head only winning the "game" should the fellow not duck his head quick enough. A similar scene takes place (on a much more light hearted note) in the independent kung fu film THE DRAGON & THE TIGER KIDS (1979) aka HELL'S WIND STAFF. Pai Piao pops his head in and out of holes in a board while a contestant tries to take off his head with a sword. In the SW, the scene ends on a more darkly humorous note.

The ending is a bit abrupt leaving me wondering if it was in fact over and it was not. The final gun battle is over rather quickly only to have at least two more false endings before the final credits roll. After the bandits are vanquished, our would be heroes are captured yet again and are to be executed yet again until Tim, the nut with the explosives, utilizes his good book in a way that is seen only in one of these movies. Of course you'd think this was the end but no, we get one more finale which leads to a possible new adventure for our three elusive and cunning vagabonds.

An enjoyably average western mainly for Hilton fans as Byrnes brings little to the table but Martin surprises as their Mexican compadre. Herter is almost unrecognizable as well having played the German gunman in Sollima's THE BIG GUNDOWN (1966) and he is underused as he is supposed to be the main villain. The music is also unremarkable but serviceable. I also spotted Aristide Massacessi as cinematographer on this one. It was one of many for him. It's not as good as ANY GUN CAN PLAY (1967) but the antics of the three main leads make it worth at least one look.
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LANZETTA

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I watched this one about a year ago and though i can't remember too much about the movie i still enjoyed it.But yes both SEVEN WINCHESTERS FOR A MASSACRE and ANY GUN CAN PLAY(Ed Byrnes only starred in the 3 discussed here) are better sw's. :-X
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Sean, what did you think about the Mexican gang in this? I wonder why they chose to make them so nasty looking? And the girls! :-*
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LANZETTA

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Sorry i'd need to see again to comment. ???
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IL COMMISSARIO

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they look like the HILLS HAVE EYES mutants took a run for the border! :-*
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Nico Giraldi

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This should be released soon in Germany on dvd. And with english audio ::)

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IL COMMISSARIO

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That's good! A cleaned up print of this would probably do this film justice.
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Nico Giraldi

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This should be released soon in Germany on dvd. And with english audio ::)


Oh crap. The english audio was just a rumour. Dvd has german and italian audio options.
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Uh oh. Usually those German discs come through with the audio.
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The Hunchback

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This should be released soon in Germany on dvd. And with english audio ::)


Oh crap. The english audio was just a rumour. Dvd has german and italian audio options.


X-RATED?
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Nico Giraldi

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This should be released soon in Germany on dvd. And with english audio ::)


Oh crap. The english audio was just a rumour. Dvd has german and italian audio options.


X-RATED?
No, Black Hill Pictures released it:

Amazon.de
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IL COMMISSARIO

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Is Black Hill Pictures a new label? Not heard of them.
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The Hunchback

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This should be released soon in Germany on dvd. And with english audio ::)


Oh crap. The english audio was just a rumour. Dvd has german and italian audio options.


X-RATED?
No, Black Hill Pictures released it:

Amazon.de


Thanks!

Never heard of them either.
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Andrew Monroe

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This film, along with Castellari`s PAYMENT IN BLOOD aka SETTE WINCHESTER PER UN MASSACRO is the newest Wild East double feature. It`s already in stock some places. Haven`t seen either one, so I`m very much looking forward to this. The spaghetti western well has been rather dry lately, so this couldn`t come at a better time.
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