Arizona Colt / Il pistolero di Arizona (1966)

4.0 out of 5

Audrey Nohra along with the prolific Francesco De Masi provides a theme song that warbles out what could be spoilers. Despite the ability of Ernesto Gastaldi to write some of the most complex and convoluted screenplays in his giallo period Arizona Colt is a pretty conventional, if a little amoral, western that depends heavily on reeling off genre conventions and cliches around a series of action set pieces.

There are a number of genre refenrences to watch out for, a pocket watch for example and Giuliano Gemma attempting, in a possible reference to the character Ringo, to order milk.

While later in his career Nello Pazzafini would increasingly be that face in a crowd, to the point where in the Barbarian Brothers it was unclear why he bothered at all, in Arizona Colt he does have a fair bit to do and is great. He adds a slight comic twist to his bandit character.

Toothy Giuliano Gemma, the amoral lead, is reliable enough but Roberto Camardiel as a drunk who throws exploding water canteens and the larger than life bandit Fernando Sancho are the real scene stealers.

Arizona Colt is a great, fun and action packed western that would only have been improved with more screen time given to Rosalba Neri.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics