Wanted Johnny Texas
From The Spaghetti Western Database
Wanted Johnny Texas (Italy 1967 / Director: Emimmo Salvi)
- Runtime: 88 min
- Release Date: 27.4.1967
Also known as
Johnny Texas (France) | Wanted Johnny Texas (Germany) | Intikam Hirsi (Turkey) | Wanted - etsintäkuulutettu (Finland) | Kataziteitai o Johnny Texas (Greece) | Maten a Johnny Texas (Argentina) | Procurado Johnny Texas (Brazil)
Cast and crew
- Cast: Willy Colombini [as James Newman] (Johnny Texas), Fernando Sancho (Col. Stewart), Rosalba Neri (Rosita), Monika Brugger (Lucia Cansino), Howard Ross (O'Connor), Dante Maggio (Sam, JT henchman), Isarco Ravaioli (Mills, ranger), Erna Schürer (blond settler), Nerio Bernardi, Rossella D'Aquino (dark haired settler), Agostino De Simone, Richard Kent, Bruno Arié (Pete, JT henchman), Faustone Signoretti [as Fausto Signoretti], Mirella Pamphili [as Mirella Panfili](O'Connor girl), Franco Gulà (Morty, wagon guard), Franco Ukmar (O'Connor henchman), Fortunato Arena
- Screenplay: Emimmo Salvi
- Cinematography: Emilio Varriano [Eastmancolor - Totalscope 2,35:1]
- Music: Marcello Gigante
Johnny Texas is recruited by the U.S. Army to find a safe passage for a wagon train and impatient settlers to the West. Johnny figures his best bet is to pay off the local band of desperadoes helmed by a psychotic outlaw. When that doesn't work, Colonel Stewart orders Johnny to attack a fortress and detonate a secret stash of dynamite.
Emimmo Salvi (Seven Adventures of Ali Baba) directed this bloody, peculiar spaghetti western shot in Florence, Italy. The U.S. Cavalry hires Johnny Texas to shepherd a wagon train through hostile territory. The clever Johnny runs afoul of a band of outlaws, blows up a fort, and mixes it up with a spy (Monika Brugger) undercover as a dancehall girl. Salvio fills the film with bizarre touches, like dressing the Cavalry in blue and red (blue and gold was the proper combination) and having Brugger travel 400 miles to deliver blasting caps which are never used. This is a genuinely strange failure which might almost pass for pseudo-surrealism if it wasn't so obviously based on poor planning and bad research. Actor Willy Colombini, appearing here under the alias James Newman, formerly appeared in peplums like this one.