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MF+CT, 1970's era EuroComedy, et al
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:08pm

Well, first of all, Maggs: I did mention that over multiple viewings, over many years, I have gotten used to Tony LoBianco's goofy "Tony Breda" performance. ;)

But you raise a great point, re: that type of frenetic Comic Relief character -- or even, more broadly, just that Style of Humor -- ran rampant in the 1970's French (and other Euro) productions.

In fact, MEAN FRANK + CRAZY TONY co-star Edwige Fenech -- who was hugely popular at the time -- performed in many of those mile-a-minute Comedies.

I remember, working in a specialty Video Shop back in the 1990's, there were a few "boutique" DVD labels popping up, specializing in releasing EuroCult Films in beautiful new OAR prints, and often with Extras featuring Interviews, Behind-the-Scenes footage, etc. You might know Wild East, which debuted about this time -- they're a good example of the "boutique" DVD label, and have produced many Spaghetti Westerns (their primary focus), including several with LVC.

Among these "boutique" labels, I saw many, many goofy French Comedies on the Video Shop shelves, and watched a few of them. Didn't really float my boat at the time, but I'd probably find them watchable these days -- presuming I'm in the Mood, natch. ;)

(Here's a bizarre choice for cover photo, of the butchered and *not* recommended edition of MF+CT known as ESCAPE FROM DEATH ROW....)
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Which reminds me to mention that MF+CT co-writer Sergio Donati had an extensive relationship with Leone, including on FF$M -- Leone was even credited with giving Donati his start in script writing. And, of course, Donati wrote BIG GUNDOWN. Just wish his English was better (or I spoke Italian) -- when I interviewed him awhile back, it was difficult and I really didn't get much useful material out of it.

I absolutely agree with you (obviously, from our T10 Lists) that Lee's "mature" era is his best -- he'd developed his Acting to new heights, and was enjoying a financially successful run in Europe.

I'll have to go dig up that relatively-clean print of GOD'S GUN, buried on one of my many flash drives, and re-watch it again. Between you and TB7, I should give it another go. ;)

Btw, LVC also had a Dual Role in the "No Man's Law" (1954) episode of the TV show THE ADVENTURES OF KIT CARSON. In fact, one of his characters was "Vance Howard", which some of us suspect was a nod to Lee's old pal, RANCE Howard (and father of Ron & Clint).

Best an' all,
DCG.





  • will add a couple of comments: It was interesting to see that the same fistful (hah!) of movies scored high on all our rankings, and that they all lean to the Spaghetti Westrn era in the late 60s and ... more
    • @MaggieTheBad7, Mon Feb 19 1:10am
      Hi Maggie-- On this there is no dispute: Lee's prime as an actor was between 1965 and 1974--I chose 1974 as a cutoff as I consider THE STRANGER & THE GUNFIGHTER Lee's last great role as a classic,... more
      • hi tb7Maggie, Mon Feb 19 2:52am
        Great comments! And food for thought. Yes, I would agree on 1974 - for the very reason you mentioned. I think we read repeatedly in this forum he really did want to do more comedy, so it must have... more
        • @Maggie Pt. 2 - Lee The ActorTheBad7, Mon Feb 19 5:30am
          Hi Maggie-- I consider myself a huge L.V.C. fan; however, I was always frustrated by his infatuation with wanting to do comedy. This might upset some fans, but I'm going to say it anyway: Lee, like... more
          • tb7, are you sure...Maggie, Mon Feb 19 7:28am
            ... you meant bad man's river and not barquero (1970)? Bad man's river is a comedy and there is much more slapstick than with Sabata... Can't answer in detail at the moment, got to hop along. I'll be ... more
            • BAD MAN'S RIVERTheBad7, Mon Feb 19 8:40am
              Hi Maggie-- Oh no, I did mean BAD MAN'S RIVER--in fact, Lee's Roy King in that film reminds me of Dakota from THE STRANGER & THE GUNFIGHTER, and I liked the concept of a bank robber taking on a huge... more
    • MF+CT, 1970's era EuroComedy, et al — DCG, Fri Feb 16 1:08pm
    • @MaggieTheBad7, Fri Feb 16 12:52pm
      Hi Maggie-- Love your comments on MF & CT. I will add to your comments when I can this weekend. :) tb7
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