Who Killed Johnny R.? (1966)

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An assumed-dead gangster wants to implicate a completely innocent man to pay for his crimes so he can give the slip to his avengers and persecutors.

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4 July 2018 | ma-cortes
| Mediocre Paella /Schnitzel Western in which a captain sets out in pursuit a gunslinger to revenge his family's death
A middling Spanish / German coproduction shot in Spain. As a result of a fight between lawmen and the henchmen of the famous gunfighter Johnny Ringo , the wife and children of an upright captain named Jason Conroy (Sieghard Rupp) die at a house firing . Although Ringo is allegedly dead and buried at Tombstone graveyard , Conroy thinks he is alive and he sets out in chase to find him . Conroy hires Sam Dobie (Lex Barker) to track him down . As Sam takes a job under orders a beautiful gunsmith owner, ( Barbara Bold) , with whom he falls in love . Later on , Sam contracts a fast-draw gunman called Clyde (Joachim Fuchsberger) to demostrate his well-made and rapid arms . Both of whom along with a Saloon Singer (Raf Wolter who along with Barker played various Winnetou films) . Clyde is such expert shooter that townsfolk believe he is the legendary Ringo who carried out a getaway from the fire presumed to have killed him. Only Ringo's sweetheart Bea Border (Mariano Koch) knows who is the actual Johnny .

Simple , plain and light Chorizo Western with thrills, action , murder mystery, plot twists and a brief intigue behind . It follows American models rather than Spaghetti Western style. It is plenty of German actors such as Maríanne Koch , Raf Wolter, Sieghard Rupp and Barbara Bold. Stars the American Lex Barker who at the time he had a big success with Winnetou series along with Pierre Brice in titles as Apache Fury and Tresure of the Sílver lake . Barker had a role that brought him fame and fortune , Tarzan, in titles as Tarzan and the magic fountain and Tarzan and the slave girl . He emigrated Europe where played several Westerns , thrillers , terror and adventure movies such as Robin Hood and th pirates , Il figlio del corsaro rosso , Captain Fuoco , Il pirate Della costa, , knight of 1oo faces , The yellow one and many others .Being a low budget German , Spanish coproduction in which director José Luis Madrid shows his limited skills on filmmaking , as he was an average artisan, in fact , this is one of the worst westerns he directed along with Tomb of Desperate , The revenge of Clint Harrison and 7 Jackals starred by Anthony Steffen Gianni Garco . It packs numerous German actors and other nations , including brief interventions from Spanish secondaries as Carlos Otero , Antonio Jimenez Escribano, Cesar Ojinaga, and Gaspar Indio Gonzalez.

Evocative cinematography by Julio Perez Rozas , though a perfect remastering being extremely necessary because of the film copy is worn-out . Shot on Spanish locations from Fraga , Huesca, Calatayud , ESplugues de Llobregrat and Alfonso Balcazar studios . Lively and agreeable musical score in American style by Federico Martínez Tudo. Produced by the powerful producer Arthur Brauner with whom Jose Luis Madrid made a lot of uncredited films . Most of them were Krimis , a subgenre very popular in Germany .The motion picture was middlingly directed by Jose Luis Madrid. He was a craftsman who directed all kinds of genres. As he made Españoladas as : Lucecita or Strip-tease a la Inglesa ; Eurospy movies as : Chineses and minishorts, Ok Yetvtushenko ; Crime movie as The Hyena , and for the famous Spanish Werewolf ,Paul Naschy , directed 2 movies : Jack Ripper of London and Crimes of Petiot and political/historical films as : Memorias del General Escobar and Command Txiquia about the assassination of President Carrero Blanco . Throughout his long career he also showed a sense of opportunism with sensationalistic productions such as : The motorway Vampiresa , about a real killer and Last Tango in Madrid , here badly imitating Bertolucci's last tango in Paris

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Plot Summary




Release Date:

19 May 1966



Country of Origin

Spain, West Germany

Filming Locations

CCC-Atelier, Spandau, Berlin, Germany

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