Italian producer, director and screenwriter Tonino Ricci (aka Ted Richmond) died yesterday March 9th in Rome, Italy. He was 86. Born October 23, 1927 in Rome, he was one of the best of the Italian ‘B’ directors. Ricci was known for his kung-fu, post-atomic war and Spaghetti westerns. Ricci directed such Euro-westerns as “The Great Treasure Hunt” (1972), “Karate, Fists and Beans” (1973) and his White Fang trilogy: “White Fang to the Rescue” (1974), “Buck at the Edge of Heaven” (1991) and “Buck and the Magic Bracelet” (1997). Often billed as Ted Richmond he also was a stand alone co-writer such as “Showdown for a Badman” (1971) as well as many of his own films. Over his career he worked with such stars Klaus Kinski, Gianni Garko, George Hilton, Maurizio Merli and Dean Reed. He was also know for his children's western "Bad Kid's of the West with child actor Andrea Balestri.
Monday, March 10, 2014
While Claudia Cardinale was in Almeria recently to film scenes for the upcoming western Once Upon a Time in the Western. She was invited by director Boris Despodov to a photo shoot at Rancho Leone the site of Sweetwater and her scenes with Jason Robards, Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda during the filming of Once Upon a Time in the West. This return to Sweetwater was captured by Margare von Schiller.
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si65EOdppqU
Maria Pia Conte was born Maria Pia Vaccarezza on March 10, 1944 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. She made her debut in films when she was still a child with a small part in the 1954 film “Tripoli, bel suol d'amore”, and was also active in television until the end of the 1970s.
Often credited with various pseudonyms (Mary Conte, Mary P. Count, Count Maria and Maria Pia Gian), she was used in film as a character actress and appeared in many genre films (especially of the Italian erotic comedy) and B productions in the field of historical (particularly Peplum) films. She also starred in several films of Spanish cinema.
Among her films were five Euro-westerns including $5.00 for Ringo” (1965) “Sartana” (1968) and “God in Heave, Arizona on Earth” (1972.
She married actor Giuseppe Rinadli [1919-2007] and is the mother of actress Francesca Rinaldi.
Retired since 1978, today we celebrate Maria Pia Conte’s 70th birthday.
Erno Crisa was born on March 10, 1924 in Biserta, Tunisia to a family were Sicilian immigrants. Erno was fascinated by the world of entertainment and immigrated to France following courses in Ballet and Choreography both modern and classic at the Preobajenska, after failing to work in some theater in Paris. He made his debut in the French cinema in the late 1930s, in the film “Le Mystère Saint-Val”, with Fernandel.
Returning to Italy, he was hired by the Society of Wanda Osiris, where he worked as a soloist of the ballet, during the 1948-1949 season, at the Journal of Garinei and Giovannini and at the Grand Hotel.
In 1950, he was noticed by the director Luigi Zampa, who hires him to play a role in the film “Cuori senza frontier”. It will be the beginning of a long series of films that will run until the end of the 1960s. During the 1960s he appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Sugar Colt” (1966) as Yonker using the alias James Parker and “Pecos Cleans Up” (1967) as ‘El Supremo’.
Crisa died suddenly in Rome, at age 44 on April 5, 1968 from a cerebral hemorrhage.
Today we remember Erno Crisa on what would have been his 90th birthday.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
La banda de los malditos – Spanish title
Tres dólares de plomo – Spanish title
Trois dollars de plomo – French title
A Sombra da Winchester – Brazilian title
Für drei Dollar Blei – German title
Gia tria kalpika dollaria – Greek title
Three Dollars of Lead – English title
A 1964 Italian, Spanish, French co-production [Tellus Film (Rome), Coperfilm (Madrid), Coop
Cinematografica (Paris)]Producer: G. Carrus, Domenico Luigi Rotolo
Director: Joseph Trader (Giuseppe Mercanti)
Story: Silvio Siano, Mario di Nardo
Screenplay: Silvio Siano, Marido di nardo, Nino Lillo (Ramon Lillo)
Dialogue: Heriberto Santaballa [Spanish], Joseph Trader (Giuseppe Mercanti) [Italian]
Cinematography: Manuel Hernández Sanjuán [Eastmancolor, Totalscope]
Music: Gioacchino Angelo (Gioacchino Angelo)
Song: “Canto del cow-boy” sung by Bruno D’Angelo
Running time: 89 minutes
Rudy Wallace – Fred Beir (Frederick Beir)
Anne – Evy Marandi (Eyh Maranih)
Morrison – Pepe Nieto (Francisco Nieto)
Mrs. Morrison – Stella Monclair
Laurence – Richard St. Bris
Mark – Bob Messenger (Roberto Messina)
Raf – Andrea Fantasia
Boy – Andrew Hart
Morrison henchmen – Olivier Mathot (Claude Plaud), Luis Chavarro (Luigi Ciavarro)
With: Dyna de Saint (Dina De Santis), Ángel Álvarez (Ángel Fernández), Renato Terra Caizzi, Virgilio Daddi
After a few years of absence, Rudy Wallas returns to his father’s ranch that he finds completely devastated. He learns that the entire region is under threat of a man named Morrison, and the murderer of his father. Rudy decides to seek revenge, but his intentions are thwarted by the arrival in town by Raf a sheriff who has been after Rudy for taking part in a brawl. The sheriff, became convinced of Rudy’s good faith and helps him to bring Morrison to justice at the risk of his life.
Adriana Giuffrè was born on March 9, 1939 in Rome, Italy. Daughter of the actress Gianna Giuffre [1916-1998], Adriana followed in her footsteps as an actress in the film world. She debuted very young with small appearances in “I soliti ignoti” and “Nella città l'inferno”. In the early 1960s she appeared in historical films which were filmed at Cinecitta, such as “I baccanali di Tiberio” and “The Loves of Hercules”.
In 1961 she participated in the Exhibition of the Venice Film Festival with the film “Le italiane e l'amore”. In 1967 she played the wife of Leopoldo Trieste, in Alberto Sordi’s film with “Il medico della mutual”.
In the following years she appeared in seven Spaghetti Westerns such as “Any Gun Can Play” “The Great Silence”, “Viva Django” (all 1967), and “Shango” (1970). Her cinema of the 1980s was in Italian comedy: “Casta e pura”, “Innamorato pazzo”, “Bello mio bellezza mia”, “Dio li fa e poi l'accoppia sono” are just some of the titles that she is seen in the cast. In 1987 she took part in a television mini-series “E non se ne vogliono” with Virna Lisi and Turi Ferro.
During her career she worked with such famous directors as Federico Fellini, Luigi Zampa , Marco Ferreri and Salvatore Samperi , and with many stars among which are: Totò, Ugo Tognazzi, Monica Vitti, Klaus Kinski, Johnny Dorelli, Sandra Mondaini, Paolo Villaggio, and Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.
Today we celebrate Adriana Giuffrè’s 75th birthday