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Buffalo Bill (1965)

Buffalo Bill, l'eroe del far west (original title)
Renegade Indians, led by Yellow Hand, are being sold guns by Donaldson. Buffalo Bill is sent to stop the arms trading and avert an Indian war


Mario Costa (as J.W. Fordson)


Nino Stresa (story), Nino Stresa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Gordon Scott ... Buffalo Bill
Ingeborg Schöner ... Mary Peterson (as Ingeborg Schoener)
Catherine Ribeiro Catherine Ribeiro ... Moonbeam
Jan Hendriks Jan Hendriks ... Monroe
Roldano Lupi Roldano Lupi ... Colonel Peterson
Mirko Ellis Mirko Ellis ... Yellow Hand
Hans von Borsody ... Captain Hunter
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Poker Player (as Andrew Scott)
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Red (as Peter Lull)
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Snack (as Hugo Arden)
Mario Brega ... Big Sam Donaldson (as Richard Stuyvesant)
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Chief White Fox (as Fiodor Chaliapin)
Jacques Herlin ... Piano Player
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... George, Poker player (as Frank Farrell)
Rinaldo Zamperla Rinaldo Zamperla ... Chiricahua (as Ronald Parish)


Renegade Indians, led by Yellow Hand, are being sold guns by Donaldson. Buffalo Bill is sent to stop the arms trading and avert an Indian war Written by Tom Seldon <elpuro@msn.com>

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Release Date:

17 February 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (as Westrex Fono Roma)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yellow Hand: [to Buffalo Bill] I'll have you tortured until you die.
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Edited into Spaghetti Western Trailer Show (2007) See more »

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Gordon Scott's second of three Westerns
28 January 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1965 and directed by Mario Costa, "Buffalo Bill, Hero of the West" stars Gordon Scott as the title character who is commissioned to avert an Indian war by stopping renegade Indians, led by Yellow Hand (Mirko Ellis), who are illegally sold guns by Big Sam Donaldson (Mario Brega). Roldano Lupi plays the rigid colonel of the local fort and Ingeborg Schöner his beautiful daughter while Feodor Chaliapin Jr. plays Chief White Fox and Catherine Ribeiro his daughter, Silver Moonray.

Gordon Scott's acting career only lasted a dozen years from 1955-1967. He was tall with a lean waist but with muscular bulk and a likable, almost innocent disposition (think Brendan Fraser with big muscles). He's perhaps best known for playing Tarzan six times in as many years from 1955-1960, but also known for sword & sandal roles, like Goliath, Samson, Remus and Hercules. I was curious to see how he'd do in a Western and was pleasantly surprised.

While this is a Spaghetti Western, it was made in 1964 and Sergio Leone's Man With No Name trilogy was just starting to skyrocket to popular success. As such, don't expect the items usually associated with Spaghetti Westerns, except badly dubbed dialogue, Spanish locations substituting for the American West and Spaniards playing Native Americans. Beyond these factors, this is more akin to American Westerns, like John Wayne ones and, of course, 1944's excellent whitewashing of the same Western icon, "Buffalo Bill," where Joel McCrea played the hero. Unlike that movie, which is biopic, this version is a slice-in-the-life of Buffalo Bill. Actually, the character of Yellow Hand was taken from that earlier movie, being based on the real-life Cheyenne chief Yellow Hair whom Cody shot, stabbed and scalped three weeks after Little Big Horn (!), or so he claimed.

At any rate, this ain't no cheapo flick. Yes, the Native dialogue is a tad stereotypical, but that was typical at the time and it's not as bad as you would think, like, for instance, in Elvis' "Flaming Star" (1960). The locations and sets are excellent, such as the Western town and the fort; and the costuming is quite good as well. On top of all this, Scott shines as the winsome protagonist and you'll find yourself rooting for him and his sidekick. Not to mention the two women are quite fetching. The only problem I had with this movie is the poor dubbing and the washed-out (non) colors of the public domain DVD I viewed. To add insult to injury it's a pan & scan version where one person talking in a scene might be totally off camera but, thankfully, I only really noticed that in one scene near the end. I would love to see a widescreen version with brighter colors.

The movie runs about 90 minutes and was shot in Spain and Elios Studios, Rome.


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