Man of the Cursed Valley (1964)

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Gwen, who is married to Torito, an Indian, escapes from a rape attempt and is found wandering in the wilderness by Johnny, who leaves her with the missionary, Father Ryan. Warring families ... See full summary »


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5 August 2015 | ma-cortes
| Spaghetti/Paella Western co-produced by Spain/Italy about a young woman facing rivalry among families and a tragic love story
An acceptable story dealing with racial issues with mixed couple , adding a touch of peculiarity , some great characters , an attractive music score and doesn't follows the Sergio Leone wake , but it is proceeded in American models . ¨Man of the Cursed Valley" (1964) by Siro Marcellini , being well starred by Ty Hardin , Iran Eory , Jose Nieto , including the usual racial problems . Chorizo/Spaghetti about a violent feud among two families , Indian and White , against an interracial couple , whom impede to have a peaceable existence . The film blends a love story , pursuits , brawls , tension , but results in a mediocre as well as predictable story . Follows the exploits of a young White woman who attempts to reunite his lover Indian . When Gwen (Iran Eory) is attacked by a group of Indians (Rafael Albaicín , Tito Garcia , Jose Marco) she arranges to getaway out of the tepee and is found wandering into the wild by a cowboy named Johnny (Ty Hardin) , a good man married too young and whose spouse left him . Gwen is wounded and Johnny manages to nurse her . Johnny and Gwen then decide to go to El Paso where there is a mission run by a Catholic priest , Padre Ryan (John Bartha) , who cares Johnny's daughter and where Gwen will be safe and protected against Indian attacks . We learn from Gwen that her father didn't want to marry her to an Indian called Torito , as Johnny decides to go to meet Sam Burnett (José Nieto) , Gwen's dad , to convince him .

An Italian-Spanish co-production with a tragic love story , chases , thrills , action , fights , Indian attacks and many other things . Being filmed in Spanish places located on outskirts Madrid and Poblado Hoyo De Manzanares , replacing Almeria . It's a Western freely based on famous play by Shakespeare titled ¨Romeo and Giuletta¨ , adding racist touches . However , nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and new roles and new layers of complexity begin to emerge until we are enmeshed in a difficult situation among warring family members with the added problem of the original Indian still attempting to track down the damsel in distress . This is a passable Paella/Spaghetti Western with some moments genuinely entertaining if you can avoid thinking too much . The picture bears remarkable resemblance to "Il Piombo e La Carne" also titled "Bullet in the Flesh" (1967) by Marino Girolami ; it also deals with a racial love story, being starred by Rod Cameron , Dean Harrison , Ennio Girolami , Patricia Viterbo . "The Man of the Accursed Valley" stars Ty Hardin , here he is fine ; in his beginnings , Ty was dismissed as just a hunk of "beefcake" , but he also played various Spaghetti , such as ¨Acquasanta Joe" , Day of Judgment" , and "You're Jinxed, Friend You've Met Sacramento" . And gorgeous Iran Eory who was born in Teheran , but nationalized Spanish and played various Spaniard films of all kinds of genres . Furthermore, it appears usual secondary actors from Italy/Spain Western , mostly Spanish support cast , such as Jose Nieto , José Marco , Rafael Albaicín , Tito Garcia , and several others .

The musician Manuel Parada composes a vibrant soundtrack in American style and well conducted . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Alfredo Fraile , though being necessary a perfect remastering because of the copy is worn-out . The motion picture was well written and produced by Eduardo Manzanos Brochero who ordered to built a Western town in Hoyo De Manzanares called 'Golden City', it resulted to be the locations in which were shot lots of Western produced and directed by Spanish and Italian and occasionally American people . This Western town called ¨Golden City¨ in Hoyo De Manzanares (Madrid) was made with sets by two great production designers , Cubero and Jose Luis Galicia , and it is today sadly disappeared . There was filmed several Western as ¨Welcome Padre Murray¨ , ¨Brandy¨ , ¨Dead man ride¨, various Zorros and this one . Eduardo Manzanos started producing ¨Il Coyote¨ and ¨The Jiusticia De Coyote¨ by Joaquin Romero Marchent with Abel Salazar and Gloria Marin . After that , he produced in his company Copercines ¨Vengeance of Zorro¨ and ¨L'Ombra Di Zorro¨ (1962) by Joaquin Marchent with Frank Latimore .

This picture was professionally directed by Siro Marcellini and Primo Zeglio , though with no originality . Marcellini was a nice craftsman who directed another Western titled ¨Lola Colt¨ but his speciality was the adventure genre such as "The Beast of Babylon Against the Son of Hercules" , I Cavalieri del Diablo¨, "The Two Rivals" and "The Secret Mark of D'Artagnan" . While Primo Zeglio was a good professional , a cool filmmaker who wrote and directed all kinds of genres such as Adventure : "Seven Seas to Calais" , ¨Genoneva De Bravante¨ , "Revenge of the Pirates", "Son of the Red Corsair" ¨, ¨Captain Ghost¨, ¨Morgan the pirate¨ , Sci-Fi : "Mission Stardust" , Peplum : "I Am Semiramis" , ¨Nero and Messalina¨ , ¨Rosmunda e Alboino¨ and Spaghetti : ""The Relentless Four¨, "Texas Ranger" , ¨Winchester One of One Thousand¨ also titled ¨Winchester Justice¨ and this ¨L'uomo Della Valle Maledetta" or "Man of the Cursed Valley".

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Release Date:

22 May 1964



Country of Origin

Italy, Spain

Filming Locations

Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid, Spain

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