They Call Me Hallelujah (1971)

Whether you know it as Guns for Dollars, Deep WestHeads I Kill You, Tails You’re Dead! They Call Me Hallalujah or the title we chose, this Giuliano Carnimeo-directed (The Case of the Bloody Iris, the Sartana films) movie is a comedic take on the Italian Western that is worth a look.

Interestingly enough, Giuliano started his directing career on a movie we covered last week, the Jayne Mansfield-starring Panic Button, working alongside George Sherman.

1860’s Mexico serves as the stage and jewels are the McGuffin as General Ramirez (Robert Camardiel, Sorrow from Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot!) wants them to finance his revolution, Hallelujah (George Hilton!) wants the money for getting them and all manner of others want them, including a nun (Agata Flori) and a Russian nobleman named Grand Duke Alexey Wissayolovich Kropotki (Charles Southwood, who was Sabbath opposite Hilton in Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin) and various bandits and bad men.

Most of the fun here is the interplay between Hallelujah and Kropotki, as well as the main double crosses to see who gets the baubles that everyone is willing to kill and die over.

If you’re looking for a serious Western, this isn’t it. It has sewing machine/machine gun and bazooka/ukelele combo weapons, Russian dancing and corkscrews being used to remove bullets. This is a film more influenced by the Trinity films and Eurospy world than Leone, so if you can handle that, by all means, enjoy! I sure did.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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