Sunday, October 07, 2012

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.).


Marc Edward Heuck said...

I actually own a 35mm trailer for this! The beginning is cut off, but I think they were definitely trying to play on the TRINITY films' popularity in their marketing.

Temple of Schlock said...

Those were dark days for Fox, but good times for the TRINITY gang. Columbia picked up WATCH OUT, WE'RE MAD the following year.

John Charles said...

I was fascinated by that title as a kid and wanted to see this film, but could never find it on TV. A few years back, I imported the UK DVD and discovered very clearly why Fox cut close to a half hour out of the version released here. Not a career highpoint for either Spencer or Gemma (who is a great spaghetti western hero, but no Terence Hill).