Thursday, February 22, 2018

Destry Rides Again

Destry reitet wieder – German title
Destry Rides Again – English title

A 1966 German television production [Schmid-Productions (Germany)]
Producer: Bohuslav Kulic
Director: Dietrich Haugk
Story: Max Brand, Leonard Gershe
Teleplay: Stefan Gommermann
Photography: [black and white]
Music: Harold Rome, Raimund Rosenberger
Running time: 80 minutes

Rose Lovejoy - Paula Elges   
Tom Destry - Wolfgang Reichmann
Wash - Rudolf Vogel
Kent - Walter Kohut
Gyp - Harry Wüstenhagen
Bugs - Klaus Höhne
Rockwell – Charle W. Fernbach        
Slade - Karl Lieffen
Frenchy - Rosel Schäfer
Dingl - Barbara Evers
Li Chang -
Dingl - Lili Hsu

The cold-blooded outlaw Kent has killed Bottleneck's lawman and in his arrogance has turned the city's biggest drunkard, Wash, into the new sheriff. To the surprise of the gangster and his accomplices Wash now leaves the whiskey and brings in the son of a famous bounty hunter to the town, Deputy Sheriff Tom Destry. But instead of the expected hard-hitting gunman, the newcomer turns out to be a bespectacled young man with a law book. Kent uses his girlfriend Frenchy on Destry to gain influence over him.

Special Birthdays

John Mills (actor) would have been 110 today, he died in 2005.

Zephi Alsec (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 1992.

Viktor Belovotsky (actor) is 70 today.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dobbs' Cowboys

Dobbs’ Cowboys – International title

A 2016 Spanish production [Rainbow Pictures (Madrid)]
Producer: Daniel Garcia
Director: Daniel Garcia
Story: Daniel Garcia
Screenplay: Daniel Garcia
Cinematography: Alexandru Olteanu [black & white]
Music: Bob Shelton
Running time: 16 minutes

Miner-cowboys - Rubén Benito, Julián Moreno
Miner - Ignacio Escauriaza
Walt - Daniel García
Landowner - Josué Lapeña
Carol - Kelly McCown
Cowboy-landowner - Bob Shelton

Walt wants a decent job in the city, but he doesn't get it. Looking for a better life, he associates with three friends and together they embark on a trip to the Gila Valley in search of gold. They find a mine, but the situation becomes complicated after an unexpected visit from several local landowners.


Special Birthdays

Larry Pennell (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 2013.

Lilo Grahn (actress) would have been 75 today, she died in 2007.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New DVD Release

Freispruch für Old Shatterhand

Director: Hans Heinrich
Starring: Friedrich G. Beckhaus, Guenter Hanke, Toni Herbert, Gerhard Schinschke, Walter Janssen

Country: Germany
Label: Pidax film media Ltd. (Alive AG)
Discs: 1
Format: Dolby, PAL
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Language: Dolby Digital 2.0 German
Running time: 63 minutes
Released: February 16, 2018

For those not familiar with the title it is a semi-documentary about a trial in 1910 Berlin when Karl May sued his adversary Rudolf Lebius for libel. Lebius had called him a born criminal. Lebius brings evidence for May's criminal record during the trial. In flashbacks, May remembers his time in the labor camp and penitentiary and the various crimes with his sidekick Priegel. May's attorney and May himself try to show the "other side"; to clarify the causes and psychological reasons that made him a criminal. And they prove that May is purified. Mays fantasies in the form of film excerpts from the Karl May films with Lex Barker and Pierre Brice are included .