In this third film in the official series, the role of bounty hunter and gunfighter Sartana is played by spaghetti veteran George Hilton. Not sure why as original actor Gianni Garko returned for the last two films.
He witnesses the robbery of a shipment of gold from above. When he enters the nearby town, he’s met with a lot of suspicious and hostile stares from the local people. He also meets with Samuel Spencer(genre vet Piero Lulli, billed as Peter Carter), who seems to own the company in this company town. The gold shipments keep getting stolen, so Spencer agrees to hire Sartana to protect the next shipment. Which immediately makes the bounty hunter a target. Outlaws make a number of attempts on his life, easily evaded in typical Sartana fashion.
Eventually, Sartana’s nemesis, fellow bounty hunter Sabbath(Charles Southwood) rides into town. A polar opposite of the black clad Sartana, he favors a white suit and umbrella. The two characters play well off each other in the course of the film and inevitably a showdown between the pair.
Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo(billed as Anthony Ascott), it’s his second entry in the series. A lively music score by Francesco DeMasi and great camera angles/action make for a terrific film. George Hilton does a good job with the character, though his style is a bit different from Gianni Garko’s work in the first two and four and five.
A number of those familiar faces who you can’t name fill out some minor roles. And the lovely Erika Blanc plays Trixie, a woman of interest to all the males, especially our two opponents.
Enjoyed this one.