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Who Killed Johnny R.? (1966)

Wer kennt Johnny R.? (original title)
An assumed-dead gangster wants to implicate a completely innocent man to pay for his crimes s he can give the slip to his avengers and persecutors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Dobie / Johnny Ringo
Clyde Smith
Bea Bordet
Ralf Wolter ...
Billy Monroe
Barbara Bold ...
Cathy Carmichael
Sieghardt Rupp ...
Captain Jason Conroy
César Ojinaga ...
Isidro Novellas ...
Tombstone Sheriff
Montserrat Porta ...
Cathy Conroy
Mary Carmen Castro
Francisco Nieto
Carlos Otero ...
Mason, Bathing HOuse Owner
Alberto Gadea
José Fiol
Augusto Fernández


An assumed-dead gangster wants to implicate a completely innocent man to pay for his crimes s he can give the slip to his avengers and persecutors.

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19 May 1966 (West Germany)  »

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Odd example of a Spanish/German western
12 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

WHO KILLED JOHNNY RINGO? is a Spanish spaghetti western somewhat bizarrely filmed in Germany, hence the presence of popular star Lex Barker who was a huge hit in Germany at the time with his Winnetou series of German westerns. Despite the western setting and the gun-toting action, this doesn't have many of the tropes or indeed the feel of a typical western; at some times it's more of a mystery story with a whodunit aspect to the narrative.

Mistaken and double identities are the main themes here. What's arresting about the film is that it opens with a massive huge action spectacle in which a building is burnt down and a number of characters killed. It then slows down for the rest of the running time, only to pick up at the climax. Barker is an acceptable presence but Marianna Koch is the real scene-stealer. I notice that the film was retitled WHO KILLED JOHNNY R? in some territories, perhaps to avoid confusion with the same year's KILL JOHNNY RINGO, an Italian western. Ringo was a real-life character, as it happens.

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