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The Sheriff (1960)

La sceriffa (original title)
A gang of outlaws terrorizes Rio Ciuccio (literally Rio Donkey). They even kill the sheriff but his wife, an old neapolitan lady, takes his place.


Mario Amendola


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Pica Tina Pica ... Carmela Esposito, 'la Sceriffa'
Tina De Mola Tina De Mola ... Dolly - the singer
Ugo Tognazzi ... Colorado Joe
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Donovan (as Tom Fellegi)
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Jimmy Jesse
Carlo Sposito ... Gennarino - aka Gen (as Carletto Sposito)
Annie Alberti Annie Alberti ... Connie Dallas
Tino Scotti Tino Scotti ... The Judge
Alberto Sorrentino Alberto Sorrentino ... Brutto Tempo - the native American
Fanfulla ... Ciccio - Sceriffa's assistant
Anita Todesco Anita Todesco ... Nuvola Rosa - Brutto Tempo's Daughter
Leonardo Severini Leonardo Severini ... Dallas - Connie's Father
Carlo Pisacane ... Nick
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Jimmy Jesse's Brother
Philip Kay Philip Kay ... Jimmy Jesse's Brother


A gang of outlaws terrorizes Rio Ciuccio (literally Rio Donkey). They even kill the sheriff but his wife, an old neapolitan lady, takes his place.

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Comedy | Western







Release Date:

9 September 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bang-Bang à Italiana See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Betauno Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Western burlesque.
24 December 2011 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Represented as the first Italian western, this is actually a rather slack cowboy movie burlesque.

Neapolitan widow Picca (in De Sica films at this time) inherits the sheriff job from her dead husband and sorts out the saloon heavies. Singing bandidto Tognazzi in black shows up after a while, for some unconvincing gunfights and a half hearted attempt at plot, wound up with a semi serious shoot out at the OK Cornal (sic) and chase finale.

Not particularly funny, relying on the the gag of Italian cowboys who break out in "Faniculi,Fanicula" and eat the pasta that Pica dries in the jail cell, going with burlesqued western movie action.

Modest production values and OK score might have worked with more certainty of tone.

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