Una Colt in mano al Diavolo

In Guns of Brixton, Paprika Chips on January 31, 2013 at 12:11 am

Title: Una Colt in mano al Diavolo (Colt in the hand of the devil)
Production: Italy 1973
Director: Gianfranco Baldanello
Cast: Robert Woods
Run Time: 75min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

Using the Italian DVD uploaded by dreamwarrior82, I stripped away everything except the main feature, and added in English subs created by ganjafarmer. So now you’ve got the film in original Italian, with custom English subs. Use your remote to select the subtitles. Thanks to dreamwarrior82 for supplying the DVD, and ganjafarmer for the subs! (CG)


The movie begins at a prison camp in the desert. Jeremy Scott saves Roy Koster (Robert Woods) from the bullet of an angry warden. Scott dies soon afterwards, but with his last dying breath, he reveals the name of the place he came from: Silvertown. Koster, after his release from the camp, decides to visit Silvertown and see the family of Scott. However, he finds the town to be rather hostile, even the relatives of the deceased. Nobody wants to speak to him, the only one who does is hanged and Koster begins to suspect that Scott was innocent, thus the truth about the deed he was sentenced for is still hidden. The town is ruled by Warner (George Wang) and his gunmen, and when Koster starts investigating, he quickly makes a lot of enemies… “Una colt in mano al diavolo” is quite a clever little movie. Obviously made on a shoestring budget, it manages to combine western with a crime investigation story, and the result surely is entertaining. Until a flashback explains what’s going on after 30 minutes, the audience gets only few clues, and the mystery makes it interesting. In this second collaboration between director Gianfranco Baldanello and actor Robert Woods, the results weren’t quite as successful as in Black Jack (1968). But they delivered at least solid Spaghetti Western fare in this routine genre entry, which still is one of Baldanello’s better westerns. William Berger got a good role as a saloon owner, even if the only thing he has got to do in the first half is stand around and look enigmatic. (CG)


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