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Cool gunman solves robbery mystery and cleans up the gang
This is a first-rate spaghetti western without a boring moment. I recommend it highly (7 out of 10). The hero is a paid gunman hired to find out who robbed the bank's money from the stagecoach and eliminate the gang that did it.
The story, very logical indeed, neatly combines the mystery with the necessity of gunplay, poker games, attractive bar girls, and some very well-staged fights in which I saw no doubles used. The plot keeps one guessing. The music definitely adds to the movie.
The lead actor, German-born blonde Peter Lee Lawrence, was unknown to me due to my failure to remember that he was Lee van Cleef's brother-in-law in For a Few Dollars More. He was very cool, unruffled, and handled the part more than very competently. By not over-acting, his performance still attracts and holds up 45 years later.
I saw this in a well-dubbed full screen version with a good sound track. Although most movies suffer by not being shown widescreen, this one didn't bother me, perhaps because it was originally 1.85:1, or so an ad for a DVD release says. IMDb says it was 2.35:1, but I doubt it.
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