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In a Colt's Shadow (1965)

All'ombra di una colt (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 10 December 1965 (Italy)
A story about two gunfighters, Duke and Steve. Steve is in love with Duke's daughter but Duke disapproves of the match, envisioning a life of hardship and danger for the girl if she marries Steve.


Giovanni Grimaldi (as Gianni Grimaldi)


Giovanni Grimaldi (screenplay) (as Gianni Grimaldi), Aldo Barni (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Forsyth ... Steve Blaine
Conrado San Martín ... Duke Buchanan (as Conrado Sanmartin)
Franco Ressel ... Jackson (as Frank Ressel)
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Burns (as Frankie Liston)
José Calvo José Calvo ... Sheriff (as Pepe Calvo)
Anna Maria Polani Anna Maria Polani ... Susan (as Anne Sherman)
Helga Liné ... Fabienne
Aldo Sambrell ... Ramirez (as Aldo Sanbrel)
Eugenio Galadini Eugenio Galadini ... Buck (as Graham Sooty)
Javier de Rivera Javier de Rivera ... Williams (as Xavier de Rivera)
José Marco José Marco ... Sbirro
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Oliver (as Andrew Scott)
Xan das Bolas ... Veterinarian (as Xan de Bolas)
Rafael Albaicín Rafael Albaicín ... Auctioneer
Glauco Onorato Glauco Onorato ... Title Sequence Narrator (voice)


A story about two gunfighters, Duke and Steve. Steve is in love with Duke's daughter but Duke disapproves of the match, envisioning a life of hardship and danger for the girl if she marries Steve.

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Italy | Spain



Release Date:

10 December 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Actors Sancho Gracia (as Felix Sancho Gracia) , Hugo Ricardo, Rufino Inglés, Hugo Blanco, Rafael Ibáñez, Guillermo Méndez, Tito García, Juan Antonio Peral (as Antonio Peral), Hilario Flores, Leoncito Cayetano (as Cayetano Leoncito), and Walter Maestosi receive onscreen credits in the Spanish prints but not in the Italian ones. See more »


Referenced in Black Emmanuelle's Groove (2007) See more »

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Crispy salad Italian/Spanish jammed with Spaghetti/Ravioli and Paella/Chorizo Western
31 July 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

'All'Ombra Di colt (65)' by Gianni Grimaldi starred Conrado San Martin and Stephen Forsyth is an acceptable Spaghetti full of fury , action, and portentous duels . It deals with two gunfighters partners , as an elder Pistolero named Duke (Conrado San Martin) , forbids his disciple Steve Blane (Stephen Forsyth) from courting his daughter . But the notorious young gunfighter flees along with the daughter and rides into town , Providence . He hasn't come looking for trouble , but trouble finds him around every corner . The reformed Gunfighter is on his way to a sleepy town in the hope of peace but problems ensue . Meanwhile , the angry father along with his girlfriend (Helga Line) are on his trail and the town's hothead gunmen are scheming to see just how fast Steve is . But as always Steve's reputation has already cast its shadow , this time in the form of vengeful father hot on his trail and two local corrupt owners Jackson (Franco Ressel) and Burn . At the end the aging gunslinger, rides into the strange town and eventually he and Steve face off on the central square .

The film displays psychological characters-in deep , shootouts , action Western and being enough entertaining . The movie contains typical particularities Spaghetti , as is full of fury , sadism , bloodbath s, and portentous close-ups of grime-encrusted faces . Spectacular final takes place on the downtown when protagonists contend face to face and surrounded by nasties . Stephen Forsyth is passable as an unfortunate young seeking forgiveness and forgetfulness , and Conrado San Martin is cool as a veteran gunslinger . As secondaries appear Jose Calvo (Silvanito in ' A fistful of dollars') as a sheriff and usual of Spaghetti as Tito Garcia , Rafael Albaicin , Xan Das Bolas , Hugo Blanco , a brief acting of Aldo Sambrell and Sancho Gracia still acting and recently played 800 bullets . The picture is plenty of nice sound by Nino Fidenco who composes one of his best soundtracks , including an evocative leitmotif . Atmospheric cinematography correctly photographed by Julio Ortas , though is necessary a right remastering . Filmed on location in Colmenar Viejo , Manzanares Del Real and La Pedriza (Madrid) with good production design from Teddy Villalva and Carlo Leva . The motion picture was well written and directed by Giovanni Grimaldi . Giovanni managed to make a fluid ,witty and agreeable SW . He proved his experience in Western such as ¨Starblack¨ , ¨ Il Bello, Il Brutto, Il Cretino' and as screenwriter ¨Four dollars for vengeance¨ , among others .

Other films dealing with the gunslinger/disciple theme and developing a paternal-filial among them are the following : 'Bandits (1967)' by Massimo Dallamano with Enrico Maria Salerno and Venantino Venantini and 'Beyond the Law(68)' by Giorgio Stegani with Lee Van Cleef and Alfonso Sabato ¨. And the best are ¨Día de Ira¨ or I Giorni Dell'Ira (original title) with Lee Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma , this Spaghetti Western along with 'Da Uomo a Uomo¨ by Giulio Petroni with Lee Van Cleef-John Philip Law led to recovery in the popularity of 'horse opera' after Leone hits , both of them are masterpieces about relationship .

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