Road to Fort Alamo, The / La strada per Forte Alamo (1964)

2.5 out of 5

Rugged American 'B' actor, Ken Clark had just finished a stint as an imposing Mongol villain in two stellar Sword and Sandal adventures and now was playing the lead hero in Mario Bava's colorful, yet chintzy "American Lite" Euro western. Clark is Bud Massedy, a traveler who comes across a dying Union soldier who gives him a message to deliver to Wagon City for the disbursement of military war funds. Things don't go as planned and Bud ends up in the company of a gang of renegade cutthroats led by Carson. Eventually, Carson betrays Bud who is later rescued by a Union regiment and helps them get the government money back while partaking in violent skirmishes against Osage Indians.

Told in a serial style, Bava takes aim with his first of three westerns and fires a blank for the most part. It has some goofy charm, a minor air of horror and several ideas and set design that are instantly recognizable to fans of the famed Maestro of the Macabre. Far from a great western, it's harmless, yet forgettable fluff that is a breezy 76 minutes of minor mention from Mario's cinematic tableau.

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