Between God, the Devil and a Winchester (1968)

Between Between God, the Devil and a Winchester and the Italian title of this movie, Anche nel west c’era una volta Dio (God Was In the West, Too, At One Time), I think that it has my favorite Italian western title. And despite a tagline promising “A orgy of bloodletting that very few will survive,” it’s actually an adaption of Treasure Island but with horses and cowboys.

Directed by Marino Girolami (Zombie Holocaust) and written by Tito Carpi (MartaTentacles), Manuel Martínez Remís and Amedeo Sollazzo (Primitive LoveTwo MafiosI Against Goldginger), this movie works, with the desert sands being the seas and outlaws taking over for pirates. Treasure remains treasure.

Future Godfrey Ho victim Richard Harrison plays Father Pat Jordan, who recognizes that the stolen gold belongs to a mission and makes the mission his. Gilbert Roland plays the Long John Silver — he has an iron arm instead of a wooden leg — as Juan Chasquisdo. There are even eyepatches and hooks for hands out here in the west.

Sadly, the movie doesn’t ever really get exciting despite the two titles that it has. It’s a boy’s adventure when you need Italian westerns to be filled with blood.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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