I Want Him Dead / Lo voglio morto (1968)

2.5 out of 5

Like the same director’s subsequent Spaghetti Western effort from the same year, The Gatling Gun, the backdrop of this one is the American Civil War. A far-fetched subplot here sees an unscrupulous weapons manufacturer, played by Andrea Bosic, attempt to thwart the Peace Treaty signing between Confederates and Unionists because in that way his otherwise lucrative business would plummet!

This is tied in with the central narrative which, typically, sees Craig Hill as a young man going after those who callously raped and murdered his sister. These happen to be members of the villain’s gang who ultimately first turn on their boss and then, out of greed, kill each other off! Along the way, our hero also saves the nominal heroine, portrayed by Lea Massari, and her younger companion from much the same fate. He proves an adept gunman but also gets a beating every so often since he even has to contend with a corrupt sheriff, whose brash younger brother he had killed in self-defense, and his associates.

The result, then, is a minor and pretty forgettable genre effort but one that serves its purpose in the entertainment stakes and in which, as is to be expected, Nico Fidenco's score emerges as its main asset.

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