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Father Jackleg (1972)

Tedeum (original title)
PG | | Action, Comedy, Western | June 1974 (USA)
A con man inherits a gold mine. Knowing that his family are even bigger con artists than he is, he assumes the mine is worthless, and teams up with a partner in a scheme to unload it on ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
... Buck Santini
... Tedeum (as Timothy Brent)
... Stinky Manure
Francesca Romana Coluzzi ... Betty Brown
Mabel Karin ... Wendy Brown
... Grant
Riccardo Garrone ... Sheriff
Miguel Pedregosa
María Vico ... Ma Manure (as Maria Vico)
Rocco Lerro
Renzo Palmer ... Rags Manure
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Borelli
Bruno Boschetti ... Waiter
Karl Braun ... Miner
Dante Cleri ... Unlucky client of restaurant


A con man inherits a gold mine. Knowing that his family are even bigger con artists than he is, he assumes the mine is worthless, and teams up with a partner in a scheme to unload it on some unsuspecting chumps. However, the other members of his family discover that the gold mine is actually worth a lot of money, and they set out to take it from him before he realizes what he has. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Goofy and entertaining tongue-in-cheek spaghetti Western
11 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Funny but average film with action, struggles, and shootouts by the expert Enzo G. Castell . This Spanish-Italian co-production deals with a likable man ( Timothy Brent , aka Giancarlo Priete) who inherits from his uncle a gold mine. He assumes the mine is worthless, and join forces with a hunk and joker monk (an excessive Jack Palance in frank decadence) in encounter the propriety . Thus , two men looking for the hidden gold ,they are : a cynic and fake priest chased by bounty hunters going after the reward and a young gunslinger , son of a filthy family . However, the other members of his grimy family (father is Renzo Palmer , mother is Maria Vico and grandfather Lionel Stander) aware that the gold mine is actually worth a lot of money , and they set off in pursuit to take it from him before he realizes what he has a valuable mine . Besides a greedy landowner (Eduardo Fajardo), proprietary of Grant's mine , and his band of fanatics hoodlums set out to take the precious mine . At the ending the gold turns to be hidden in the New Laredo Prison .

This is a regular Faglioli-Spaghetti Western in Trinity and Bambino style and for that reason there is a cult to dirtiness with an appropriately goofy tone, customary issue in this sub-genre. The movie takes parts from Enzo Barboni movies such as ¨Trinity is my name¨ and ¨Trinity is still my name¨ . The film is plenty of action, fun, brawls , shootouts and surprise-filled entertainment. The picture contains funny gun-play along with fist-fight very much in the Terence Hill/Bud Spencer territory. The violence isn't crude but suits the light-weight comedy fun and silly slapstick like the Trinity series . It certainly has an enthusiastic cast , plenty of slapstick , some very impressive gymnastics, especially in the massive fight sequences . The highlights of the movie result to be when the family travels in a wheeled-ship such as ¨The man in wilderness (Richard C Sarafian)¨ and Jack Palance driving a hearse (Palance steals the show with his gestures , faces and excesses , including some scenes eating onions such as ¨Cipolla Colt¨) ; furthermore the silly final on a bath parlor and subsequents fights in the pool . The picture displays crazy characters with twists plots and is quite amusing . It does eventually outstay its welcome, and there are a surprising amount of fights and laughters . The movie starred by habitual Spaghetti as Timothy Brent and Jack Palance , besides usual secondaries as Italian players as Renzo Palmer , Riccardo Garrone as Spanish actors as Angel Alvarez (Django), Eduardo Fajardo (Sergio Corbucci's ordinary secondary) and Maria Vico . A really catching score musical by Guido and Mauricio De Angelis who often work with Castellari . Atmospheric cinematography filmed by Manuel Rojas shot in Camerata Nuova, and De Paolis Studios, Rome, Lazio, Italy and of course Almeria , Spain . Silly screenplay with ridiculous situations written by the usual Tito Carpi and Jose G . Maesso , also producer ( he produced several Western as ¨The ugly ones , Minnesota Clay , Django , A train to Durango , Hellbenders¨) . Enzo G Castell makes a nice camera work with usual zooms and clever choreography on the showdown , fighting , slow motion shootouts and bemusing scenes . He made more Western as ¨ Johnny Hamlet , Kill them everybody and came back alone, Seven Winchester for a massacre, Cipolla colt¨ and the masterpiece : ¨Keoma¨. Some of them are serious , others are goofy and plenty of slapstick and slapdash . This is a bewildering story , funny in lots of parts and it will appeal to Spaghetti Western fans . It's a mediocre film , but still better than a lot of the ulterior spaghetti western comedies to come .

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