Crazy Bunch, The / Di Tresette ce n'è uno, tutti gli altri son nessuno (1974)

2.0 out of 5

"Trickie" Dickie, a bounty hunter with Bugs Bunny powers is after that old Euroater mainstay, a hidden gold consignment! But the big surprise is that he must locate the key that will open the strong box containing said riches. Dickie meets up with a burly "general" and the two go about locating the whereabouts of the key with assorted interested parties in pursuit such as the bumbling and black clad gunman, Twinkle Toes. More over the top comical nonsense from Carnimeo this time basking in cartoon trappings. Carnimeo's sequel to the horrid Man Called Invincible, 1973 has "For Domestic Distribution Only" stamped all over it as so many of the jokes, including the films translated Italian title, will be lost on foreign viewers.

Even so, this sequel is more bearable than its predecessor and some of the gags are actually funny such as the thoroughly non PC Klan meeting scene and the loony bin sequence are of note. There's a Zucker Brothers air about which was well before the likes of Airplane! and The Naked Gun. A dialog scene carries on while something silly takes place in the background.

George Hilton was seemingly pigeon holed as a smirking gunslinger more often than not and he plays it to the hilt in many of Carnimeo's film he appeared in. Cris Huerta is yet another sidekick in what is obviously a tired nod to They Call Me Trinity, 1970. A very sick looking Nello Pazzafini plays one of the villains after the gold, the search of which seems to be forgotten about towards the end. Incredibly silly and likely to grate on the nerves of the most dedicated Spaghetti lover, those possess a fondness for Warner Brothers cartoons may derive some enjoyment from this chaotic and nutty nonsense.

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