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Quindici forche per un assassino

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Quindici forche per un assassino (Italy, Spain 1967 / Director: Nunzio Malasomma)

  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Release Date: 15.12.1967

Also known as

Fifteen Scaffolds for a Killer (USA) | The Dirty Fifteen (USA) | Quince horcas para un asesino (Spain) | 15 potences pour un salopard (France) | Die schmutzigen Dreizehn (Germany) | Dirty Buster's (German VHS title) | A Um Passo da Forca (Portugal)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Craig Hill (Bill Mack), Susy Andersen (Barbara Ferguson), George Martin (Sandy Cassell), Aldo Sambrell (Danny / Bud Lee), Tomás Blanco (Clark Bennett), Eleonora Brown (Liz Cook), Andrea Bosic (Pastor Andrew Ferguson), Renato Rossini (as Howard Ross)(Steve), José Manuel Martín (Benny), Frank Braña (Adam), Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia (as Ivan G. Scratuglia), Umberto Raho (as Umy Raho)(doctor), Luis Durán (as L. Duran), María Montez (Anne Cook), Laura Reder (as Laura Redi), Margarita Lozano (as Margherita Lozano)(Widow Madeline Cook), Antonio Molino Rojo (sheriff), José Canalejas (Tim, Mack henchman), Alvaro de Luna (deputy), Ricardo Palacios (Juan), Rafael Albaicín (as Rafael Garcia)(Manuel), Francisco Nieto (Cassell henchman), Enrique Santiago (Henry, Cassell henchman), Ricardo Costa, José Riesgo, Jaime de Pedro, José Terrón (henchman)
  • Story: Mario di Nardo
  • Screenplay: Mario di Nardo, J. Luis Bayonas
  • Cinematography: Stelvio Massi [Eastmancolor, Cromoscope]
  • Music: Francesco De Masi
  • Song: "Will You Be Mine" sung by Raoul
  • Producer: Luis Vazquez

The Film

Accused of a hideous crime they did not commit, the members of two rivaling gangs, persecuted by a bloodthirsty lynch mob, take refuge in an abandoned fort, taking two hostages with them. The fort is surrounded by the sheriff and his mob, and the scaffolds of the title are erected in front of the entrance gate. Several people die in both camps during the siege. Finally a fire breaks out and men fleeing from the flames are shot by those waylaying outside the fort. But then the young man who organized the posse in the first place, discovers who was really responsible for the crimes.

Comments

This is a rather ambitious little movie that never really manages to live up to its potential. It is interesting, but it’s also marred by too many bounds and inconsistencies. Director Mallasomma, mainly known for romantic comedies, was 73 years of age when he made it, and had made only a handful of movies in the previous decades. Still some people think this is a little gem ... – Scherpschutter

  • Un gran pequeño western – Julio Alberto, 800 Spaghetti westerns

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