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Duello nel Texas

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Duello nel Texas (Spain, Italy 1963 / Director: Ricardo Blasco [as Richard Blasco])

  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Release Date: 19.9.1963

Also known as

El Gringo (Spain) | Gringo (U.K.) | Gunfight at Red Sands (U.S.A.) | Duel au Texas (France) | Duello nelle sabbie rosso (France) | Drei gegen Sacramento (Germany) | Taistelu punaisella hietikolla (Finland) | Duellen i Rad Sands (Sweden) | Duell i Texas (Sweden)| Gringo (Portugal) | Duelo dos Homens Sem Lei (Brasil)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Richard Harrison (Ricardo 'Gringo' Martinez), Giacomo Rossi-Stuart [as G.R. Stuart](Sheriff Lance Corbett), Mikaela (Maria Huertas), Sara Lezana (Elisa/Lisa Martinez), Daniel Martín [as Dan Martin](Manuel Martinez), Rodolfo de Campo [as Sam Field](Doctor Bancroft), Bernabe Barta Barri [as Barta Barry](Lou Stedman), Aldo Sambrell [as Ald Sambrell](Juan Guardo), Agustín González [as Augustin Gonzalez](Zeke 'Giggles' Wilson), Bruna Simionato [as Barbara Simon](Rosa Cardena), Angel Solano [as Mike Solano](deputy), Gonzalo Esquiroz [as Gonzalo Ezquiro](Kincaid Wilson), Tito Garcia (Sanchez), José Calvo (Francisco), Alfonso Rojas (Don Esteban), Xan Das Bolas (barber), José Luis Chinchilla (deputy), Rafael Vaquero (Russell, storekeeper), Nathan D'Eagle, Telly Thomas
  • Story: James Prindle [as J. Prindle]
  • Screenplay: Albert Band [as Alfredo Antonini], Ricardo Blasco
  • Cinematography: Massimo Dallamano [as Jack Dalmas] [Technicolor - Panoramico 1,66:1)
  • Music: Ennio Morricone [as Dan Savio]
  • Song: "A Gringo Like Me" sung by Peter Tevis
  • Producers: Arrigo Colombo and Giorgio Papi (for Jolly Films, Rome) Albert Band [as Alfredo Antonini] and Jóse G. Maesso (for Tecisa Films, Madrid)

The Film

Richard Harrison stars as Gringo, a returning combatant from the Mexican civil war who arrives home to find his adoptive father murdered and the family gold stolen by three masked men. His search for revenge leads him into conflict with an assortment of local townsfolk including the sheriff and his ex girlfriend, Maria, and ultimately ends with a classic showdown on main street.

Comment

This early spaghetti shows clear indications as to where the fledgling genre was heading and features the first (but very traditional) western music score by Ennio Morricone. The Italian co-production company (Jolly Films) was the same which would produce FoD; with photographer Dallamano, it featured another key figure of the Leone film. Have a close look how the final duel is shot and edited. Otherwise it's mostly a simple film, but possibly the best of the European pre-Fistful westerns.

by Stanton

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