Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Men With No Credit ~ Mitchell Hooks (ILLUSTRATOR)

Born Mitchell Hooks on April 2, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Renowned for his artwork for paperback books and magazines. Served with the U.S. military, including occupation duty in Germany. Later became a freelance illustration career in New York City. He painted paperback covers for "Avon", "Bantam Books", "Dell Books" & "Fawcett Publications". Illustrated for magazines including "Cosmopolitan", "The Saturday Evening Post" and others. Worked with David Blossom, Bernie Fuchs, Fred Otnes, & Ted CoConis on the "The Man with No Name" campaign (sources conflict on who did what). It is said that Mr. Hooks was the inspiration behind the early drafts. Hooks also drew the American poster for the first James Bond film "Dr. No" (Terence Young, 1962).  Mitchell Hooks died on March 18, 2013 in New York City.

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Adios, Sabata

We continue with our search for filming locations for “Adios Sabata”. The scene switches from the bridge to Skimmel’s headquarters as we see troops preparing to leave and soldiers loading a wagon with barrels of gun powder. Escudo orders Sepriembre and Gitano, who are dressed in military uniforms to take out the sentry and guards. 

This scene was filmed at the Cinecitta Mexican village set outside of Rome.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations

Special Birthdays

Finlay Currie (actor) would have been 140 today, he died in 1968.

William Berger (actor) would have been 90- today, he died in 1993.

Lorenzo Lamas (actor) is 60 today.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ Death Cigarettes

American actor Charles Southwood co-founded the The Enlightened Tobacco Company in 1991, Entrepreneur BJ Cunningham, which packaged its own brand of cigarettes “Death Cigarettes” in a little black package containing a skull and crossbones. Southwood had smoked for 27 years before quitting and said he wanted to deliver truth in advertising. Southwood handled the American Market and of course, getting Death Cigarettes to market was no small feat, he told the Los Angeles Times.