Death Walks in Laredo / Tre pistole contro Cesare (1966)

3.0 out of 5

To say this movie is utterly ridiculous is an understatement. It's a bizarre marriage of peplum decadence with the dusty streets of the old west. It's not really played for laughs, but everything is so absurd, one can't help but laugh at it all. It has an occasional feel of any number of episodes of the hit American show The Wild, Wild West, a series that Italian westerns seemed to borrow from in the ensuing years. Words like weird and bonkers accurately describe this oater. There are lots of shootouts, lame fist fights, hot dancing girls and vocal tunes playing on the soundtrack at any given time.

Positively one of the quirkiest Euro westerns ever conceived, it's not a particularly good movie, but well worth seeing for the sheer craziness of it all. Playing Julius Caesar Fuller to the hilt, Enrico Maria Salerno, a big gun from some of the best examples of the polizio genre, has no trouble outshining everybody else here in this average, if lively Dino De Laurentiis production.

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