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Finger on the Trigger (1965)

PG | | Drama, Western | 1 May 1965 (USA)
At Civil War's end, hidden Confederate gold pits a group of ex-Union soldiers against Confederate troops occupying a fort in the Oklahoma Territory but forces them into a temporary alliance when attacked by Indians.



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Credited cast:
Larry Winton
James Philbrook ...
Adam Hyde
Ed Bannister
Todd Martin ...
Benton (as Jorge Rigaud)
Silvia Solar ...
Brud Talbot ...
Fred (as Bruce Talbot)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Axel Anderson ...
Fernando Bilbao ...
Sebastian Cavalieri ...
Eric Chapman ...
John Clarke ...
Guillermo Elias ...
Mike Daly


At the end of the Civil War, a ragtag group of just-discharged Union soldiers clashes with a band of renegade Confederates over a golden treasure hidden in a deserted town in the Oklahoma Territory. Soon these rivals must make common cause in the face of an Indian attack. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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US/Paella Western co-production with international cast and filmed in Almeria , Spain , as usual
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Acceptable Chorizo Western made in Spain with an American craftsman director and two Hollywood B-actors as Rory Calhoun and James Philbrook . A good example of Latino western genre from Spain , typical by that time . The American Civil War is finished and a group of thirteen of Union soldiers commanded by Larry Winton (Rory Calhoun) crosses Indian territory through New Mexico . They arrive in Fort Grant where hope find water and supplies . However , they meet a detachment of renegade Confederate soldiers led by Adam Hyde (James Philbrook) and posing as Union cavalry . Later on , the ragtag group arrives in a little and deserted town where find a stash of gold located at blacksmith's . Soon these rivals must make common cause in the face of an Indian attack . After that , Indians attack and both groups join forces to secure buried treasure and defend against violent Indians .

Passable Tortilla/US Western with a professional American filmmaker/producer , Hollywood B-actors and a lot of Spanish secondaries and expert technicians . As its director results to be Sidney Pink who lived in Madrid, Spain , where he produced many of the earliest spaghetti westerns , genre in which he would not only excel but one where he would spent time of the rest of his career . Ordinary Western that doesn't follows the Sergio Leone wake , but it is proceeded in American models . It's an exciting western with breathtaking gunfight and facing off among Yankees Confederates and Indians . The picture is set at the end of the Civil War (1861-1865) where a motley band of just-discharged Union soldiers clashes with a bunch of reb Confederates over a golden treasure hidden and while holding off hostile Indians . The film packs action , thrills , violence , shootouts , high body-count and turns out to be fast moving and quite entertaining . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up , go riding or stunts every few minutes . The sense of pacing is such that this film can be counted on to move quickly and smoothly . There is a very odd implementation of shots in the camera work during some particular scenes as the film approaches its climax , as in the final gunfights full of cavalry raid , shots and Indian attacks on the town , including bombing by a cannon . Outdoor sequences with barren and rocky exteriors filmed in Spanish places located on Almeria that resulted to be the location in which was shot lots of Western produced and directed by Spanish , Italian and occasionally American people such as Lesley Selander (Texas Kid) , Paul Landres (Son of a gunfighter) , Maury Dexter (The outlaw of Colorado river) , Richard Carlson (Kid Rodelo) , and Sidney Pink (Joe Navidad) . The film is well starred by Rory Calhoun and James Philbrook . The latter played a lot of Paella/Chorizo or Tortilla Western filmed in Spain such as : Son of a Gunfighter , Seven for Pancho Villa , Fedra West , Ballad of a Bounty Hunter , If You Shoot... You Live! , among others . There appears as ordinary secondaries in Spanish/Italian Western such Aldo Sambrell , Silvia Solar , Leo Anchoriz , Tito Garcia , Jorge Rigaud , Fernado Bilbao , Beni Deus and many others

Colorful as well as evocative cinematography in Techniscope by Antonio Macasoli . Atmospheric and adequate musical score by Jose Sola . Being professionally produced and directed by Sidney Pink . Sidney is generally considered to be a decent producer/director of B movies . He realized his first feature in 1953 titled I Was a Burlesque Queen . Although Sidney Pink couldn't be deemed an "A"-list director, his movies had a professionalism and a verve that many of those made by his fellow B directors lacked . He began his film career as a projectionist in a theater owned by his wife's family . Pink was considered the pioneer of 3-D movies, having produced more than 50 of them . Produced the first widely released feature-length 3-D film, "Bwana Devil," presented in the polarized dual-projector system which became standard for the 1950's 3-D movie craze . Sidney was a producer and writer, known for Reptilicus (1961), The Angry Red Planet (1959) and Journey to the seventh planet (1962) .He also filmed thrillers as ¨Pyro¨ and more Western as "Seven Vengeful Women" and ¨Joe Navidad¨ .

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