DJANGO KILLS SILENTLY was one of those films that tried to ride the coattails of the original DJANGO starring Franco Nero. It appeared in English speaking countries under various titles all with Django in them: Django Kills Softly, Django Gun Them Down, and this one. Only one time in the English dubbed version I saw was Django used in one of the final scenes. The Character George Eastman played is Bill in the original Italian.
Bill/Django is headed to the town of Santa Anna to visit an old friend when he happens upon a gang of Mexican bandits wiping out a family of settlers: the old man, his son and daughter-in-law, and the grandson. By the time he can get down there, all but two have left, the pair looting what they can find in the wagon. He kills them, then pursues the rest, catching them at a farm house where they have killed the owner and are setting around drinking and laughing. Just as he’s about to do something, he hears a horse coming and hides.
It’s a young woman, Linda(Liana Orfei), who’s come for help, only to find her friend dead and she about to be raped. Django steps in and kills them all and gets the story that Linda is running away from a man named Thompson(Luciano Rossi, billed as Edwin G. Ross) who’d held her prisoner. The farmer was going to help her get away.
In town, Django is first hoorawed by a group of drunk rowdies led a man with a nervous twitch(Frederico Boido, billed as Rick Boyd), then finds his friend Sanders and his whole family wiped out, man, woman, child, servants. A man he meets named Miguel(Spartaco Conversi) and his friend Pedro(Antonio Toma), a mute, who inform him it was the Thompson gang that did it. He was supposed to pay a fee for “protective services,” but it was stolen by the other faction in the territory, the El Santo bandit gang.
From that point, Django plots the destruction of both gangs and the rescue of Linda. Along the way, he’s double-crossed by a third bunch, then sets them up, his friend Miguel is murdered, and the final shootout between El Santo and Thompson, along with one man left alive from the third group leaves only Thompson for Django to deal with.
As usual in these things, a saloon brawl breaks out between Thompson’s bunch and a fourth group over female entertainers, the leader of which brought Thompson a new load of rifles and ammunition. Django booby traps them, which is what sets the two main factions against each other.
And in one amusing bit, Linda is given a six gun, nothing else, to defend herself if necessary. In doing so, she fires it seven times.
Not a bad western though.
Luke Short was Frederick Dilley Glidden and was also the name of a gunslinger in the old west. It’s unclear whether he knew that when he chose the nmae for his first sale to the pulps in 1936. Like to think it was though.
CORONER CREEK was published in hardcover in 1946. My edition is the fourth printing of the second Bantam edition from December, 1967.
It took Chris Danning eighteen months to even get a hint of who was responsible. The stage had been held up by Indians off the reservation, a strong box full of cash taken, and everyone slaughtered but the young woman. She lived for two days before dying.
She’d been on her way to marry Chris Danning.
It took him further months to follow up on the information the Indian had given him until it led him to the town of Coroner Creek and a man named Younger Miles. Miles was the big dog in town and intent on getting bigger.
And it had all started a couple of years before. A man new in town with plenty of money that bought a ranch and a freight line.
Chris Danning was out to, first, ruin him, then kill him.
Miles was married to the sheriff’s daughter and had the old man in his pocket. The wife was a drunk that Miles wanted kept hidden.
Kate Hardison runs the hotel and looks after her crippled father. Chris and she don’t get along at first. He seems a bitter, hard man with little sympathy. Chris is single-minded to the point of rudeness in his pursuit of Miles.
Of course we know where that’s headed.
It was made into a film in 1948 starring Randolph Scott. The plot pretty much stuck to the book with a few changes. Two characters in the book didn’t make the film, changing the ending, and eliminating the twist Short had in that ending. I know why but will leave that for anyone wishing to read the book.
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Timewarner finally got things back up to snuff this morning.
I got up yesterday morning at my usual three a.m. to find no internet, phone, or about half my cable channels. The res seemed to be playing a game of popping in and out on a regular basis. A call to Timewarner got me the information that yes there was an outage and they were working diligently to get things straight. Everything should be uo and running by 11:00 a.m.
No such luck.
A call told me that the next available man was between eight-to-nine this morning.
The man showed, but never entered the house. he informed me there was a digital box on a pole with a crack in it. It would be another hour before the truck with a crane and a bucket would arrive, then probably lunch before it was fixed. He had to go inform other neighbbors of the same information.
Fortunately they were faster than he’d predicted and I’m good to go.
1: Dead, Mr. Mozart – Bernard Bastable: picked this one up for the Robert Barnard week on Forgotten Books.
2: Binary – Michael Crichton
3: Scratch One – Michael Crichton
4: Easy Go – Michael Crichton: these three are the Hard Case Crime editions of his thrillers published during his medical school days as by John Lange. I actually have and have read these in old paperbacks but wannted the uniform set.
5: A Big Sky Christmas – William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone: the annual holiday western from the Johnstone family.
6: Savage Texas: The Stampeders – William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone; the latest in the western series.
7: Coroner Creek – Luke Short: i posted lasted week on a pair of filmed Short novels. Naturally I had to track them down. This one was the first to arrive.
8: Brand of Empire – Luke Short: I tend to get into one author frequently and read several close together. This one came in as well.
9: The Sting of The Silver Manticore – P. J. Lozito: a pulp style novel of an avenging, gun toting masked hero. The author has a second on the way.
and the ebooks:
10: Deep Deception – James North: a thriller that was offered at a reasonable price.
11: The Crimson Mask Omnibus volume 1 – Norman A. Daniels & Frank Johnson: a pulp character from those long ago days.
12: The Crimson Mask Volume One – Terrance McCauley, Gary Lovisi, C. Russette, & J. Layne illustrations by Andy Fish: four new tales based on the pulp character.
13: Trails of The Wild: Seven Tales of The Old West – edited by David Cranmer: latest offering from Beat To A Pulp Press.
14: The Carvings Collection(review copy) – Drake Vaughn: a collection of horror short stories sent by the author.
15: Eye In The Ring – Robert J. Randisi
16: Same Time, Same Murder – Robert J. Randisi & Christine Matthews
17: Murder is The Deal of The Day – Robert J. Randisi & Christine Matthews
18: The Masks of Auntie Laveau – Robert J. Randisi & Christine Matthews
19: One Thousand Dollars A Word – Lawrence Block
20: Who Knows Where It Goes – Lawrence Block: two fine crime short stories by the author.
21: Charade You Are – Reagan Pheasant: a humorous political short story from Razored Zen Press. Charles knows the real identity but is not talking. Liked it.
22: Manchurian Shadows – Teel James Glenn: a pulp style thriller offered at a reasonable price.
23: Captain Future: Magician of Mars – Edmond Hamilton
24: Captain Future: The Lost World of Time – Edmond Hamilton: two more from Radioarchives.com.
David Cranmer’s Beat To A Pulp Press brings us a fine collection of western tales, the bulk having previously appeared in his Beat To A Pulp online magazine as well as other venues. And even a pair of new stories from Kieran Shea and Wayne D. Dundee.
Here’s the line-up:
1: RATTLER – James Reasoner: a Texas Ranger pinned down by an outlaw has a strange conversation.
2: THE TRUE STORY OF BOY KALEEN – Patti Abbott: crime writer Patti lends her considerable talents to the west.
3: TOO MANY CROCKETTS -Evan Lewis: a descendant of the legendary frontiersman finds himself in a dangerous, and a bit of amusing, situation all because he wanted to cut the dust from the trail with a drink.
4: LINE RIDER – Chuck Tyrell: a cowboy meets a mysterious Navajo woman.
5: A DECENT MAN – Kieran Shea: a cowboy seeks the man who violated his sister and beat his nephew.
6: DAY OF RECKONING – Matthew Pizzolato: the author gives us a tale of his outlaw hero Wesley Quaid.
&: THE TIN BADGE – Wayne D. Dundee: a new Cash Laramie novella. His sometimes partner, U.S. Marshal Gideon Miles even puts in an appearance.
Had a fine time with this set. If you like westerns, definitely worth checking out. Available here for Kindle.
It can be ordered HERE.