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Guns of the Black Witch (1961)

Il terrore dei mari (original title)
In the 17th century, a village was the refuge of several French buccaneers. One day, the Spanish under the command of Guzmán, attacked the village and killed everybody, adults and children ... See full summary »


Domenico Paolella




Credited cast:
Don Megowan ... Jean
Silvana Pampanini ... Delores
Emma Danieli Emma Danieli ... Elisa
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Guzman
Germano Longo Germano Longo ... Michel
Loris Gizzi Loris Gizzi ... Governor
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Jean's Stepfather
Anna Lina Alberti Anna Lina Alberti ... Elisa's Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annie Alberti Annie Alberti ... Conchita
Tullio Altamura Tullio Altamura
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini
Corrado Annicelli Corrado Annicelli
Gianni Baghino Gianni Baghino
Teodoro Corrà Teodoro Corrà
Nada Cortese Nada Cortese


In the 17th century, a village was the refuge of several French buccaneers. One day, the Spanish under the command of Guzmán, attacked the village and killed everybody, adults and children alike, Two brothers, who were wild kids, escaped because they were absent to play away from their parents; on their return home, they saw the end of the carnage, and vowed revenge. As adults, they made their name feared by the Maracaïbo Spanish colonists. Yet, jealousy made them fall apart of each other, and eventually one brother died - so the other would survive and be happy with the woman they loved. Written by Artemis-9

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Italy | France



Release Date:

December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns of the Black Witch See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Garda, Italy

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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good 60's Italian pirate swashbuckler
10 August 2003 | by django-1See all my reviews

The beginning sequences, about how the abuse of the Spanish led the buccaneers to organize to defend themselves, give this early 60s Italian swashbuckler an interesting spin and help to get things moving and create motivation and sympathy for buccaneer leader Don Megowan (first seen played by a child, depicting the childhood incidents that led him to become what he did). Director Domenico Paolella helmed fine peplum, spy, western, and giallo films and this little-known film is another feather in his cap. Star Don Megowan, an American best known for roles in Westerns and science fiction films in the late 50s and early 60s (he seems to have made only two films in Europe--this one and another called road of the giants/valley of the doomed, which I need a copy of!), cuts a strong, tough figure and was an excellent choice for the role (it's a shame he made no Italian westerns). Other faces such as Phillipe Hersent and Livio Lorenzon will be familiar to any fan of Italian early-60s genre films. This actually received an American theatrical release, and according to the AFI it was released in color and in widescreen. Unfortunately, the copy circulating among collectors is a panned and scanned b&w print no doubt made for TV. Also, the European release is listed as 13 minutes longer than the American release. I would imagine the film would be much better in color and in widescreen and I only hope that with the growing market for 1960s European genre films on DVD in their original format will cause someone to restore and release GUNS OF THE BLACK WITCH in its full glory. Until then, and I don't expect that time will be soon, the film is worth watching for fans of the genre. The director's next film was WOMEN OF DEVIL'S ISLAND, starring Guy Madison (and prior to GUNS, Paolella worked with Lex Barker--after Devil's Island, he worked with Richard Harrison on Avenger of the Seven Seas). Color, scope 35mm prints of this must be out there somewhere from the film's US release. Let's hope someone finds one and transfers it.

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