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Relevo para un pistolero (1964)

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Relámpago Harris
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Edwin Jackson
Silvia Solar ...
Carmen González
Laura Granados ...
Anna
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Edna
Alfonso Rojas ...
Charlie
Rogelio Madrid ...
Miguel
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Recepcionista del hotel
Francisco Sanz ...
Banquero Matthews (as Paco Sanz)
Rafael Albaicín ...
Pancho
Antonio Jiménez Escribano ...
Don Raúl García (as A.G. Escribano)
José Sepúlveda ...
Pat
Josefina Serratosa ...
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Lorenzo Robledo ...
Dan
Juan Cortés
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7 October 1965 (Mexico)  »

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Relay for a Gunman  »

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Dígame usted
By Ramón Torrado (as R. Torrado)
Performed by Trío Los Payadores
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Early and so-so Paella Western in which a simple shopkeeper becomes himself into a violent gunfighter
24 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

It is an ordinary example of American Western style with two usual genre stars : Luis Davila and Alex Nicol , and there appears ordinary Spanish secondary players of Spaghetti/Chorizo Western . Dealing with a little town called Blackstone , where arrives to make fortune a mysterious visitor from the East , named Edwin Jackson (Luis Dávila) , he asks for help an old friend of his deceased father , Relámpago Harris (Alex Nicol) . Relámpago was a tough pistolero who was detained when he attempted a bank robbing ; he is , nowadays , an upright , retired and decent man . Then , Jackson opens a cutlery and clothes merchandise shop in which he has a lot of costumers among townsfolk . When Jackson is at the town saloon , called Paradise (where dances the sex-pot go-go girls : Esperanza Roy and Laura Granados) , there shows up the famous bandit Jack Dillon (José Guardiola) who humiliates and mistreats Edwin . Shortly after , Edwin receives advises from the ex-gunslinger Relámpago and he becomes a tough gunfighter , surpassing his teacher . The gunman teams up with the old veteran , but then Edwin carries out a personal vendetta . Later on , it takes place fateful happenings , as they never thought it could happen in their town . As Edwin falls for a beautiful Mexican girl (Silvia Solar) , but she has a jealousy boyfriend (Rogelio Madrid) and things go awry .

This is an effortless , simple , plain but average Tortilla Western displaying psychological characters-in deep , shootouts , Western action and being enough entertaining . This is a classic Western , pre-Leone style with thrills , noisy action , gun-fights and some surprises . It is a medium budget Western with fine actors , good technicians , acceptable production design , though it has a few failures . The sense of pacing is such interesting that his film can be counted on to move quickly and smoothly . The Spanish Westerns of this era attempt to emulate their American source material that cultivate a distinctive style of their own the way followed by the Italians . The movie gets the usual Western issues , as avengers antiheroes , strong facing off , exaggerated baddies and spectacular duels , among them . Luis Davila is good as a simple-minded shopkeeper become into a gunman . As sympathetic acting by Luis Dávila who takes on a band of crooks led by Dillon & his gang , and he then decides that he wants to get justice for the friendly townsfolk and the exploited Mexican people . Dávila played several Euro Spy and thrillers as ¨Marc Mato¨, ¨Hello Glen Ward , house Dick¨ , ¨Razzia , ¨Paranoia¨ ; Adventure movie as ¨Normand sword¨, ¨The Sherwood archer¨, ¨Tigres Mompracen¨ and various Westerns as ¨Pancho Villa¨ , ¨Dinamite Jim¨, ¨Matalo¡¨. And Alex Nicol is cool as two-fisted as well as retired gunslinger . Alex Nicol starred during the sixties and seventies several American Western as well as Chorizo or Paella Western such as this ¨Relevo para Pistolero¨, ¨Gunfighters of Casa Grande ¨ and "The Savage Guns" or ¨Tierra Brutal¨, the latter considered to be the first Spaghetti . Good production design creating an excellent scenario with luminous outdoors , rocky landscapes under a glimmer sun and fine sets by expert set designers , though being mostly developed at the little town . As secondaries appear several familiar faces from Chorizo/Spaghetti Western such as : Francisco Sanz , Alfonso Rojas , Xan Das Bolas , Rafael Albaicín , Rafael Hernández , Lorenzo Robledo , Aldo Sambrell , Tito Garcia as a blacksmith and José Guardiola as a ruthless outlaw . And other Spanish actors playing in all kinds of genres as Esperanza Roy , Rogelio Madrid , José Sepúlveda and Antonio Jiménez Escribano .

This exciting Western was decently photographed , -though being marred by an ancient old and black cinematography- by Ricardo Torres , a prestigious cameraman who made ¨Fray Escoba¨, ¨La Mies Es Mucha¨, ¨Vida Por Delante¨, ¨Comicos¨ , and westerns as ¨Sheriff Terrible¨, ¨Vengador California , ¨Bienvenido Padre Murray¨ , among others . Being filmed on location in Colmenar Viejo , Manzanares Del Real , Ciempozuelos , and La Pedriza , Madrid . Evocative and atmospheric musical score by Daniel Montorio . The motion picture was regularly directed by Ramon Torrado . Ramon was born in 1905 , Galicia, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for directing some vehicles of known Folkloric stars such as Peret in Amor a Todo gas (1969) , Manolo Escobar in Un Beso en Puerto (1966) and Paquito Rico in Malvaloca (1954). The nice craftsman Torrado directed four mediocre Chorizo Westerns such as 1965 Los Cuatreros , 1964 La Carga De la Policía Montada , 1964 Relevo a Pistolero and 1963 Bienvenido, Padre Murray . Rating : 5.5/10


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