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Sunken treasures await your re-discovery: Blog 2016
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
This Blog will be offering a colorful kaleidoscope of movie magic for cinema aficionados.
Crispy peanuts, colorful baloons and thrilling sensations on celluloid.
See offbeat goodies and magic crumbs ...weekly!
Photos beat content! Always!

Cooool! A zippy little thriller with verve and compelling color cinematography (Harold E. Stine).
Director Russell Rouse (1913–1987) did not achieve a masterpiece but his Caper has charm and atmosphere.
The Players, Stephen Boyd, Yvette Mimieux and Giovanna Ralli, are all in the best mood.
Filmed on location in Pamplona (Spain) during the famous 'fiestas de San Fermin' in July, 1966.
Despite many problems, the crew managed some great pictures of the 'Sanfermines' and the final procession on
the 'Plaza del Castillo' in Pamplona. Another nice spanish location was Cadaques on the Costa Brava. 
The rousing Vic Mizzy score fits wonderfully to the beautiful settings. Refreshing!
Spanish folklore and Mambo meet a drunken Mexican marching band. ¡Olé!
'The Caper of the Golden Bulls' offers a nice package of colorful entertainment.
Strange but true, there is no blu-ray available worldwide, not even a DVD!? 
Here is a photo of the disturbing old german video release, 'Sein letzter Job'.
I'm not sure if this was an official release, the golden years of video cassettes have been a wild time.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Premiere of the movie. Come on!
It is about time to release 'The Caper of the Golden Bulls' on Blu-ray!
Do me the favor!
Yvette Mimieux and Dialogue Director Leon Charles between scenes.
Leon Charles (1915–1981) was the dialogue coach on many big productions, movies like 
'Two Mules for Sister Sara' (1970) or 'Logan's Run' (1976). He was there when actors came into trouble.
Recently I had the chance to see the John Guillermin thriller 'P.J.' (1968).
Yeah, a smashing Private eye (George Peppard) Hit with an excellent jazz score. 
Another great old thriller, which is waiting for an adequately release.
But this is another story... there are still so many lost treasures.
The lovely Giovanna Ralli on location in Spain for 'The Caper of the Golden Bulls'.
The spanish 'equipo' (crew) of the movie was only a small one, compared to other international productions in Spain, 
and they worked mostly uncredited.
The people of Pamplona are very proud of the 'The Caper of the Golden Bulls'.
You can find a few informations about the filming of the movie in Pamplona on YouTube and in the web.
Through the years both actors, Giovanna Ralli (The Mercenary, Cannon for Cordoba) and Stephen Boyd, had some interesting jobs in Spain.
The legendary Stuntman Yakima Canutt (1895–1986) explains Stephen Boyd the use of the whip for the brilliant 
Chariot Race in 'The Fall of the Roman Empire', on location in Valsain (Spain), 1963.

Acient Warrior John Drew Barrymore with his nice-looking wife Gabriella Palazzoli at the Cinecitta Studios during the 
filming of 'Il conquistatore di Corinto' (1961).
An awkwardly slow-moving Italian peplum flick directed by Mario Costa (1910-1995).
A hard-working director, but only moderately talented.
John Drew Barrymore is quite good in his role as a devilish villain. 
Gianna Maria Canale is the interchangeable blonde heroine, beautiful, but ineffective.
The gruff charisma of Gordon Mitchell is wasted in a small role in the background. 
What a cheaply mounted film with a too rudimentary plot and boring score tunes.
Zero spectacle. Sub-zero Entertainment. 
All this makes the picture painful to watch at times.
Well, several Italian Peplums are small works of art, the crew of 'Peplum TV' shows us all the highlights, failures, 
togas and sandals. By the Gods!
Check out: www.peplumtv.com

Your comments are always welcome!

Raquel Welch was in all magazines all over Europe when she was back in Spain for a new movie.
She was always accompanied by photographers who needed a few photos for a story.
During a break in filming '100 Rifles', an unkown photographer positioned her on the movie train in the middle of
the set in Villamanta (Spain) for some graceful shots (35mm Kodachromes).
The Tom Gries (1922–1977) Western '100 Rifles' is a top-notch international production filmed in Spain, 1968.
Another stunning location of '100 Rifles' is the Monasterio Santa Maria de Valdeiglesias, which will be featured soon!
The spanish cinematographer Cecilio Paniagua was the eye behind the great camera settings.
The old train station of Villamanta was a very familiar location for 'Spaghetti Western' and international Western productions. 
The first-rate train location, so close to Madrid, attracted many comparatively big budget shows.
In part, considerable effort was expended here and entire Western towns were created.
Many productions also use the surroundings of Villamanta as a shooting location, for example the Arroyo de la Nava.
There is a book in development about the Western locations of Madrid and Villamanta will surely be featured.
This promises to be an interesting reading.
Probably the most extraordinary filming near the Station took place for the Umberto Lenzi war movie bomb 
'La Legione dei dannati'. 
Sarita (Raquel Welch) posing on the '100 Rifles' train near the Station of Villamanta, 1968.
Comparison photo of the Location, 2005.
I could not find out if these rare shots have been published somewhere.
Perhaps in a magazine for wedding dresses?
A large-scale western town set was built for the fast-paced Paul Wendkos (1925–2009) Western 'Cannon for Cordoba' (1970)
in the immediate vicinity of the little train station of Villamanta.
On the photo above, the train Station in a scene of the movie - Kodak 2.25 X 2.25 transparency.
The former Station of Villamanta is now a residential house, 2005.
Villamanta was not an unknown location for Director Paul Wendkos, since he shot his 'Mag 7' movie here a year before.
George Kennedy in a scene for 'Guns of the Magnificent Seven' (1969).
Several sets have been built in Villamanta for the movie and unusual places were used,
like this small underpass.
Comparison photo for movie location freaks with sharp eyes, 2007.
The rails have disappeared long ago and the underpass (ditch) was filled with sand.
Chris (George Kennedy) tries it anyway. Comparison photo 1969/2007.
Villamanta, a memorable Location during the wild times of Western Movie Productions in Spain.

The torture sequence in 'Deadlier Than the Male' (1966) is full of verve, style and enthusiasm.
To get information, Penelope (Sylva Koscina) uses the persuasive force of a lighter, a cigarette and a nail scissors.
Poor Robert Drummond, played by Steve Carlson.
Our Hugh Drummond is already ringing at the door.
The girls have to run off, but not without leaving a special surprise.
They quickly hide a nice little bomb. Robert does not seem happy about this idea.
Richard Johnson watches the sticky tape beeing positioned over the mouth of the bound Steve Carlson by 
props man Chick McCarthy as makeup expert John Wilcox applies the makeup for the gruelling scene.
He has a small bottle of artificial blood in his hand for the bloody fingernails of Robert Drummond (Carlson).
Finally comes help! Robert is in panic, the bomb, the bomb, ...this stupid tape!
But our Hugh Drummond is little impressed: "That's a time clock, you know."
Just seconds before the explosion, he turns off the clock.
Makeup artist John Wilcox had already worked with Director 
Ralph Thomas (1915–2001) before on 'The Clouded Yellow' (1950).
He was the makeup supervisor on 'Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde' (1971).
The great little Hammer flick, directed by Roy Ward Baker, 
offered him some interesting tasks. 
Props man Chick McCarthy worked on the great
'The League of Gentlemen' (1960), directed by Basil Dearden (1911–1971).
Not much is known about these two craftsmen. If you have any information about them, please let me know!
Check out the story on the effects work for 'Deadlier Than the Male': January 2017
And there is a nice entry about the Set Design: Chess Game

Draft by Cubero and Galicia of the 'Chicago' Set for 'They Paid with Bullets: Chicago 1929'. 
The little mobster trash movie of the Spanish Director Julio Diamante was ennobled by a clear-cut set of the two ingenious 
Spanish Set Design masterminds Jaime Pérez Cubero and José Luis Galicia, 1968.
In the surroundings of Hoyo de Manzanares the Set Decorators built the enormous Set of the town of Chicago.
A nearly 100 meter long asphalted road with small side streets, completely surrounded by high houses.
The houses had brick facades and not much more, but the Set made an excellent impression. 
What a brilliant Set for such a fuzzy movie with Peter Lee Lawrence and Ingrid Schoeller.
Cubero and Galicia were responsible for well over a hundred film Sets.
Especially the movie Sets for the numerous 'Spaghetti Western' belong to their most famous designs.
Many outstanding sets were built in the Dehesa de Navalvillar of Colmenar Viejo. But not only there.
Without any doubt, Jaime Pérez Cubero and José Luis Galicia are the real architects of the Spaghetti Western genre in Spain.
In Hoyo de Manzanares they built the Western Town Set 'Golden City' for 'El sheriff terrible', 1962.
The wooden sheds of 'Golden City' became a famous shooting location for many Western Movie Productions.
The last remains of the 'Chicago' Set - Comparison photo 2005.
You walk through the nature and suddenly you stand on a piece of asphalted road in the middle of nowhere.
While seeing the ruin, you can still imagine the size of this Set. Many extras, the atmosphere, a street in chicago in 1929.
The huge area was plundered quite quickly, especially the wooden parts disappeared in the kitchen ovens of the residents.
In an old magazine I found this photo of the 'Chicago' Set in the year 1973. 
A view through a window in the dirty old mobster town. Some stable facades are still standing.
Surreal comparison 1973/2005.

The well-made episodic cold war thriller 'The Dirty Game' (1965) relates the stories of three different spy operations in 
Paris and Djibouti, Rome, and Berlin.
Pretty simple plots and fast-paced jobs performed by an all-star cast.
Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Peter van Eyck, Mario Adorf and Maria Grazia Buccella.
Klaus Kinski has a small role as Russian Agent, with beard and weirdo glasses.
On the photo above you see the French actor Bourvil being prepared by the props/FX boys for the 'frogman' scenes in Djibouti, february 1965.
The crew had some problems to fix the triple-shot spear pistol. A special underwater weapon built for Bourvil.
A normal one-shot spear pistol has a holster/rubber case, but this triple-spear superspy Special does not fit into 
the standard holster.
Finally the gun was attached with a few rubber straps on the thigh of Bourvil.
In the thrilling underwater scenes of the Djibouti episode Bourvil plays with Robert Hossein and Annie Girardot.
A reef full of sharks, Bourvil hides behind a coral.
The excellent underwater scenes were filmed by Alain Boisnard.
The well-known underwater filmmaker was the underwater unit director for the movie.
He was also responsible for the underwater scenes in 'Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece' (1961) and 'OSS 117' (1963).
And he was the marine advisor for 'Fantomas' (1964).
The triple-shot spear pistol of Bourvil is based on an old school Co2 cartridge powered pistol spear gun.
On the left and on the right a 'gun' without a handle was attached.
I'm not sure if the trigger mechanism was connected. It looks as if the the gun has 3 triggers, single shot. 
A 1960 US Divers SEA HUNTER vintage Co2 pistol spear gun.

The Spy Who Went Into Hell...?
Special Agent Jeff Larson (Ray Danton) is singing 'A Lot of Livin'to do' (Sammy Davis Jr.) in the shower.
Barely out of the shower, he dances with Pascale Petit ...and enjoys a boat trip with sexy Helga Sommerfeld (1941–1991).
The pleasurable world of spies in a bright and cheerful Sixties Eurospy flick directed by Maurice Labro.
A groovy bunch of Players with german legends like Horst Frank, Wolfgang Preiss or Günter Meisner and this 
lively location, the Spanish seaport Alicante on the Costa Blanca, lift this film out of the swamp of the Italo backyard spies.
For years I have been waiting for a DVD! Unsuccessful.
That's the way the Ball bounces!
The numerous Locations in and around Alicante are all beautiful, exciting and often places steeped in history.
Several scenes of 'The Spy Who Went Into Hell' were filmed in the old 'Club de Regatas' of Alicante, founded 1889!
Location Comparison photo, 2012. - Real Club de Regatas de Alicante.

A magic war movie comedy with the congenial comic duo Louis de Funès and Bourvil.
Gérard Oury (1919–2006) composed this brilliant French film with a fine sense for hilarity.
Players like the British Terry-Thomas or the German Benno Sterzenbach (1916–1985) complete a great ensemble.
The whole Team works very well together, but it is the charismatic performance of the two Comedians that is leading the show.
Best entertainment!
The Three Representatives of the Carnival in Paris - Dreigestirn des Pariser Karnevals.
Louis de Funès (Stanislas Lefort) - Director Gérard Oury - Bourvil (Augustin Bouvet)
There are many wonderful scenes of fine comedy. A true highlight are the awesome scenes in the Turkish bathhouse.
Tea for two and two for tea...
Gérard Oury directs the brilliant moments of comedy. 
Splendidly played by Bourvil, Terry-Thomas ('submerged') and Louis de Funès.
Even this freeze frame screenshot is comedy...ha..ha!
The 'La grande Vadrouille' Team during a break.
On the run through a magnificent landscape. The comedy lurks behind every step!
Louis de Funès - A whole-body comedian ...until exhaustion. Brilliant.
A German spotter plane has discovered them.
The small travel group gets nervous.
Filming the scenes with the german spotter plane, a Fieseler Fi 156 Storch, near the Aérodrome de Mende.
The scenes with the Storch were prepared by the French Stuntman Gil Delamare.
A wild dive in the glider (Studio shot). 
Some crazy scenes were filmed at the Aérodrome de Mende with 2 gliders, the Storch and Major Achbach (Benno Sterzenbach) 
and his muddle-headed soldiers. 
'La grande Vadrouille' - Refreshes the parts other movies cannot reach!
A highly recommended comedy released on blu-ray.