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"Johnny Yuma" - Italian Cowboy Western Adventure
released on August 11, 1966
The Actors: Mark Damon (Johnny Yuma), Lawrence Dobkin (Lawrence Jerome Carradine), Rosalba Neri (Samantha Felton), Luigi Vannuchi (Pedro), Fidel Gonzales (Fidel Alvarez Cortese Sanches Garcia), Gustavo D'Arpe (Harvey Pitt), Anthony La Penna (Thomas Felton), Gianni Solaro (Hans Vander Oder), Ferdinando Poggi (Sugar), Dada Gallotti (Susan), Franco Lantieri (Sancho), Mirella Pamphili (saloon girl), Fortunato Arena (poker player), Joaquin Parra (Pedro henchman Hacker), Saturno Cerra (Hawk Eye / Cyclops)
The Guns of Johnny Yuma
Cowboy Western movies are among the best loved and most filmed adventures in the history of motion pictures, and there is a rich heritage of cowboys versus the bad guys from the first decades of motion pictures, but I gotta tell ya, nobody did music for Cowboy movies better than the Italians in the 1960's and 1970's. I can still think of the tense music accompanying the grizzled face of Clint Eastwood riding across the western desert in search of the bad guys. Well, he wasn't the only leading man that filmed Italian Westerns, and this one features Mark Damon, Golden Globe winner who has almost 70 acting credits and over 50 producing credits, including the 1981 Das Boot. Wealthy rancher Felton tells his eye-candy young wife that he is leaving his wealth to his nephew Johnny Yuma instead of to her and her brother Pedro. Before we know it, Pedro is killing the rancher and now the only thing between wife Samantha and the wealth of the ranch is nephew Johnny Yuma, coming at the call of his Uncle after many years. Now, you gotta know that today we are a 'gentle and kind' society and there are unwritten rules about how many killings should be shown on-screen for general audiences, but back in 1966 watching the bad guys go down in a hail of bullets was an awesome and exciting part of good Cowboy Westerns. As we watch Johnny Yuma travel to his Uncle's ranch the bodies pile up, but pale by comparison with the shoot-out ending. Widow Samantha hires the fastest gunman she can find, Lawrence Jerome Carradine, played by Lawrence Dobkin, to kill Johnny Yuma before he can get to the ranch and claim the estate, but like I told you, although the bodies will pile up on the way to the final shoot-out, the climax is as rootin-tootin hard-boiled cowboy fight to the finish as you will ever experience in a 1960's Western . . . bad guys will die . . . . LOTS of bad guys will die . . . nobody could escape the guns of Johnny Yuma . . . with the best music in the history of Cowboy Westerns in the background. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show. Ohh . . . and the eye-patch hombre that I used next to the show description . . . that isn't Johnny Yuma, but his face and expressing tell us perfectly what the tone of this adventure will be like.
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