Movie Ad of the Week: EVEN ANGELS EAT BEANS (1973)
Italian actor Bud Spencer (real name: Carlo Pedersoli) had already appeared in a half dozen films as the beefy sidekick to Terence Hill (Mario Girotti) when the director of their most successful team-ups decided to pair Spencer with Giuliano Gemma for the TRINITY-type roaring '20s gangster comedy ANCHE GLI ANGELI MANGIANO FAGIOLI (1973). 20th Century Fox, perhaps eager to cash in on Avco Embassy's stateside success with the Hill-Spencer films, acquired the U.S. rights and began a theatrical rollout on December 5, 1973 in San Antonio, TX. Spencer didn't return for the sequel, ANCHE GLI ANGELI TIRANO DI DESTRO, also directed by Enzo Barboni under his "E.B. Clucher" pseudonym (misspelled "Clutcher" on the IMDb, which has this as a 1974 release in the U.S.).