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Lemonade Joe (1964)
"Limonádový Joe aneb Konská opera" (original title)

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Straight shooting Lemonade Joe cleans up Stetson City, in this musical parody of early Westerns, after shooting the pants off villain Old Pistol. Joe's endorsement of Kolaloka (Crazy Cola) ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karel Fiala ...
Rudolf Deyl ...
Dough Badman - Owner of Trigger Whisky Saloon (as Rudolf Deyl ml.)
Milos Kopecký ...
Horác Badman Alias 'hogofogo'
Kveta Fialová ...
Tornado Lou - Arizona Warbler
Olga Schoberová ...
Winnifred Goodman
Bohus Záhorský ...
Ezra Goodman - Father
Josef Hlinomaz ...
Gunslinger Grimpo
Karel Effa ...
Pancho Kid - Gunslinger
Waldemar Matuska ...
Banjo Kid - Gunslinger
Eman Fiala ...
Pianist
Vladimír Mensík ...
Barman #1
Jirí Lír ...
Barman #2
Jirí Steimar ...
Kolalok - Joe's Father
Jaroslav Stercl ...
Drunk Postman
Oldrich Lukes ...
Sheriff
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Straight shooting Lemonade Joe cleans up Stetson City, in this musical parody of early Westerns, after shooting the pants off villain Old Pistol. Joe's endorsement of Kolaloka (Crazy Cola) lemonade as the refresher that assures deadly aim, convinces the Arizona sin-town to abstain from alcohol. Based on the 1963 Czech stage production. But Trigger Whiskey maker Duke Badman's brother the devious gunslinger Hogofogo, comes to save his sibling's saloon from Joe's allies, father and daughter temperance revivalists, the Goodmans. Written by David Stevens

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Jirí Kodet was considered for the part of Lemonade Joe, eventually played by Karel Fiala. See more »

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[Hogo Fogo takes a sip of the Kolaloka Lemonade]
Hogo Fogo: Pah!
Sherriff: Did you say... 'Pah', stranger?
Hogo Fogo: Yes, 'Pah'!
Goodman: 'Pah' to the Kolaloka Lemonade?
Hogo Fogo: Yes, 'Pah' to the Kolaloka Lemonade!
Goodman: A madman!
Sherriff: An anarchist!
Hogo Fogo: No, gentlemen; neither the former, nor the latter. But...
[Hogo Fogo takes his fake beard off. The Sheriff produces a "Wanted" poster from his pocket and compares the picture with Hogo Fogo at length]
[...]
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Balada Mexico Kida
Music by Vlastimil Hála
Lyrics by Jirí Brdecka
Performed by Waldemar Matuska
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Saw this when I was twelve; unforgettable
8 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For forty years (oops, revealed my age, oh well), I have been trying to track this down. I first saw this film at age twelve, in a drive in theater, on a double bill with (I think) a re-release of "The Great Race". Historical note: the version I saw was dubbed, not subtitled (I long thought it Italian in origin); the tinting was not sepia with yellow highlights, it was just glaring yellow; and it was called "The Lemonaid Kid" not "Lemonaid Joe" (hence part of the difficulty tracking it down). (Since this release title is reminiscent of "The Lemondrop Kid", I can imagine paranoid lawyers at MGM giving this film's release a lot of hassle, which may explain how it got so buried.) I thought it the funniest thing I had ever seen and that impression stuck with me as I grew older and developed a taste for the more absurdist and aggressive style of comedy, e.g., the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, etc. i knew I had seen something very special in "Lemonaid", but found no references to it in movie catalogs like the Maltin book, and nobody who knew films seemed to know anything about it - and I come from Rochester, NY, home of the second largest collection of film in the country, the Dryden-Eastman collection. People there know film. But nobody knew this film.

This film had a major impact on a very young man and changed his taste in comedy forever, and perhaps changed all of his perceptions, insofar as humor is one of the most important responses we make to the world. That says a lot for the power of this film. I certainly hope another viewing will justify my warm memories of it.

Note added August 26, 2009:

Well, I finally found it - it is currently available in 10 chapters at Youtube.

It is not only everything I remember it for, but far more - one of the wildest visual comedies of its era and one of the sharpest satires I have ever seen.

The only weakness is the ending - while it makes its point, it's too blunt and too easy.

But the rest of the film is basically Brecht-Weill remaking "Support Your Local Sheriff" (which hadn't been made yet, of course) - absolutely incredible mix of pop culture and art-house comedy styles, as unforgettable now as it was 40 years ago (well beyond mere 'camp,' it hasn't aged a bit), decidedly one of a kind.

(PS - I've read Leone fans wondering if this film references "fistful of Dollars" - oh, no - Leone, Corbucci, and other Italian directors were almost certainly influenced by this.)


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