The Sheriff Won't Shoot (1965)

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A sheriff is reluctant to take on a murderous gang because his brother is the gang's head.


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31 May 2020 | ma-cortes
| Below average Paella/Spaghetti Western co-produced by Spain/Italy , louisily directed and badly played
Inferior Tortilla Western filled with noisy action , go riding , fights and duels . This film begins with a stagecoach assault by a murderous gand led by Allan Day (Mickey Hargitay Jayne Mansfield and father of Mariska Hargitay) . Then , a doubtful sheriff (Dan Clark) is reluctant to take on the nasty band because being his brother the gang's head . There's is also a powerful and suspicious banker named Barone Vermont (actor Vincenzo Cascino , producer too) whose daughter (Pilar Clemens) is kidnapped by the nasty bunch to a ransom .

Below average Western in low budget with thrills , assaults , shootouts and violence . It is just a pretty bad Paella Western due to minimum budget and its director is a sort of Spanish Ed Wood , similar to Chorizo Westerns made by Spanish José Maria Zabalza or the Italian Demofilo Fidani . It is a Spanish/Italian made western that came to the big screen when the top time of the genre was rising with the Sergio Leone's masterpieces . However , this is a short-budget , embarrassing and ridiculous representation in the sub-genre . It's a Spanish realization , this is not the usual Spanish/Italian co-production of the 60s and 70s in which were clearly dominated by the Italian contingent and the traditional leanings of the Spanish producers of the time have their stamp on the entire proceedings . But this one is badly made with some exciting moments , it drags at times , balancing in ups and downs ; turning out to be entertaining enough , but below average. The movie contains typical particularities Spaghetti , as it is full of fury , sadism , bloodbaths , and close-ups of grime-encrusted faces . It does not follow utterly the typical paths of the European western wave around seventies , it lacks both the sarcasm and the Eastwood type of antihero . Here appears customary main and secondary actors from Spaghetti/Tortilla or Paella Western that give mediocre interpretations such as : Pilar Clemens , Sancho Gracia , Angel Ter, Manuel Zarzo, among others

The picture titled El Sheriff no dispara (Spain) , The Sheriff Won't Shoot (United States) , Le Shérif ne tire pas (France) was produced by Sergio Newman who financed all kind of genres as Western : "Sheriff Won't Shoot¨ , ¨Oro Maldito¨ , Drama : ¨"Romeo e Giulietta" , Wartime : "Hell Commandos" , ¨When Heroes Die" and Adventure : ¨Il magnifico Aventuriero" , "Mission in Morocco¨ and two ¨Zorro¨ movies : ¨Zorro¨ with Guy Stockwell and its sequel titled ¨Oath of the Zorro¨ also by Ricardo Blasco with Tony Russel , Maria Jose Alfonso , Sancho Gracia and again Agustin Gonzalez . The motion picture El sheriff no dispara was lousily directed by J.L. Monter . This Spanish filmmaker Jose Luis Monter made the following films : Los gatos negros 1964 , Genoveva de Brabante 1964 , Tela de araña 1963, Un americano en Toledo 1960 and a Documentary short : El rocío1962. Rating 3.5/10 .

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