They Called Him the Player with the Dead (1973)

  |  Comedy, Western


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A gunman and his sheriff companion are hired to deliver a million dollars in gold by traveling through gang-infested lands, while in disguise.


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14 February 2017 | ma-cortes
5
| Goofy , entertaining and amusing tongue-in-cheek spaghetti Western
Funny Pasta western that packs action , thrills , slapdash , slapstick , brawls and laughs . This exciting picture contains Western noisy action , gun-play , fun situations and bits of humor . The film gets the comic remarks from Western parody united the features of typical Spaghetti . Offbeat Western comedy with a hero named ¨Tricky¨ who looks partially ¨Sartana¨ . It is a bemusing SW with lots of mayhem , crossfire and nutty incidents ; however , being slightly mediocre . This time the new hero is named ¨Tresette¨ or ¨Tricky Dicky¨ (George Hilton) who carries a ¨surprise box¨ which displays unexpected and magic resources . He is a elegant gunman and his sheriff companion is called Bambi (Chris Huerta) , they are hired by a powerful banker , MacPherson (Umberto D'Orsi) to transport a cash that is being robbed by bandits . Both of whom join forces to deliver a million dollars in gold by traveling in a medicine-carriage through gang-infested lands , while in disguise . As ¨Tricky¨ poses as a seller , along the way he is selling elixirs , magical hair lotions , medicines , and many other things . Being accompanied by the sympathetic chubby Bambi who has a hatted horse called Mr. Thompson . The resourceful hero , freelance gunman , named ¨Tricky Dicky¨ appears to chase nasty gunfighters , as well as to transport a valuable gold stash . The confrontation will be inevitable between the mean cutthroats (Nello Pazzafini) , villainous gunslingers (Salvatore Borghese) and , of course , ¨Tricky¨.

Silly slapstick euro-western, Terence Hill-Bud Spencer style . Amusingly starred by George Hilton, it is plenty of action , shootouts , tongue-firmly in cheek , double-crosses , fights with lots of punches , kick-ass , bounds , leaps , twists and loads of shots . The movie takes parts from Enzo Barboni movies such as ¨Trinity is my name¨ and ¨Trinity is still my name¨ . The film is filled with action , fun , brawls , shootouts and surprise-filled entertainment . It does eventually outstay its welcome , and there are a surprising amount of fights and laughter . This is a regular Faglioli-Spaghetti Western in Trinity and Bambino style and that's why there is a cult to idiocy surrealism , silliness , dirtiness with an appropriately goofy tone , customary issue in this sub-genre . 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 movie is running out of ideas a bit ; nevertheless , it is still good enough to be fun . ¨Tricky¨ is a two-fisted and tough gunfighter with technical weaponry and a lot of tricks similarly to previous Sabata .¨Tricky¨ is another hero of second class in the S.W. genre as Sabata (Lee Van Cleef) and Sartana (Gianni Garco) . The Uruguay-born George Hilton was a Spaghetti first-star such as ¨ Sartana no perdone¨ , ¨Go kill and come back¨ , ¨Kitosch¨ , ¨They call me Alleluja¨ , ¨Ruthless four¨ , ¨Alleluja for Django¨ , and also played successful Giallio as ¨The strange vice of Mrs Wardh¨ , ¨The scorpion's tale¨, ¨All colors of the dark¨ , ¨My deal Killer¨ . He teams up , as co-protagonist , with the Spanish Chris Huerta , he is one , (along with Tito Garcia , Ricardo Palacios , Pedro Sánchez, and the great Fernando Sancho) of the ordinary support characters who accompanied to starring in the multiple Spaghetti/Paella Westerns of the 60s and 70s . The movie gets the usual Italian Western issues , such as greedy antiheroes , violent facing off , quick zooms , exaggerated baddies , among them . It appears ordinary secondary actors who are habitual in Italian Western and Peplum genre , such as : Ida Galli or Evelyn Stewart , Nello Pazzafini , Sal Borgese , Fortunato Arena , Goffredo Unger and a moustachoed Rosalba Neri .

This bewildering picture gets the humorous remarks from Western parody combined to features of Spaghetti picture and was middlingly directed by Giuliano Carmineo or Anthony Scott , who directed Westerns with Spaghetti-hero named Sartana , usually played by Gianni Garco and George Hilton . Giuliano Carmineo , alias Anthony Ascott, directed various Sartana with George Hilton who replaces Gianni Garco , as Hilton played more natural and roguish than Garco who was cold and peculiar . Giuliano Carmineo realized several Spaghettis , most of them featuring mainly the same cast again , such as "Di Tresette Ce N'è Uno, Tutti Gli Altri son Nessuno" ,Uomo Avvisato Mezzo Ammazzato... Parola Di Spirito Santo¨ (original title) or "His Name Was Holy Ghost" "Lo Chiamavano Tresette... Giocava Sempre Col Morto" that actually was the last time George Hilton/Chris Huerta and Carnimeo worked on such a western comedy together , ¨The moment to kill¨, ¨Find a place to die¨ , ¨They call him Cemetery¨ , ¨They call me Hallaluya¨ , and the Sartana movies : "Have a Good Funeral, My Friend, Sartana Will Pay" , ¨Sartana the gravedigger'(69) ,"Sartana's Coming, Get Your Coffins Ready" , ¨Light the fuse Sartana is coming¨(1971) , among others . Giuliano also directed other kinds of genres , as Sci-Fi : ¨Exterminators of the year 3000¨, ¨Computron¨, Giallo : ¨The case of the bloody iris¨ , Crime thriller : ¨Secrets of a Call Girl¨ , Buddy movie films : ¨Convoy Buddies" or "Kid Stuff" , "The Diamond Peddlers" . This "They Called Him the Player with the Dead" or "In the West There Was a Man Named Invincible" is clearly inferior to his entries in Sartana series . Rating : 5/10 . Average but amusing .

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Genres

Comedy | Western

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Release Date:

3 May 1973

Language

Italian


Country of Origin

Italy

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