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Edd ‘Kookie’ Byrnes at Memphis Film Festival

Edd Byrnes

Toughest, ‘ginchiest’ stars come out to celebrate Westerns at Memphis Film Festival by John Beifus, The Commerical Appeal

Cool information about the career of Edd Byrnes. It would appear he followed Eastwood and Burt Reynolds to Italy to try and break out of popular TV shows and into film. Edd Byrnes starred in a number of notable Spaghetti Westerns, including Any Gun Can Play7 Winchesters for a Massacre, and Red Blood Yellow Gold.

Edd Byrnes, 80, was a slang-spouting, hair-combing hipster known as “Kookie” from 1958-1963 on the ABC private-detective series “77 Sunset Strip.”

A predecessor to “the Fonz,” Kookie became a cultural phenomenon. In 1959, Byrnes and Connie Stevens recorded a hit novelty single, “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb),” and fans emulated the character’s jive jargon. “I’m so far out I’m, like, still orbiting,” said Kookie, whose synonyms for “very good” included “ginchy” and “the maximum utmost.”

“Writers wrote all the jive talk and all the stuff I used to say,” Byrnes said. “It was all news to me; it was foreign to me. When the record with Connie Stevens came about, I said, ‘I’m not a singer,’ and they said, ‘You’re gonna talk-sing, like Rex Harrison.'” . . .

. . . Both Conrad and Byrnes have struggled with alcohol during their careers, but both men say they no longer have “smog on the noggin,” to quote one of Kookie’s lines.

Byrnes arrived in Hollywood on Sept. 30, 1955, the same day James Dean died in a car wreck, but he said the date did not prove to be a bad omen in a busy career that enabled him to work with such directors as William Wellman (“Darby’s Ranger”) and Roger Corman (“The Secret Invasion”), and that brought him a burst of renewed fame in 1978 when he was cast as Vince Fontaine in the musical “Grease.”

“My son always reminds me, ‘You drove out to California, you had $300, you were a high-school dropout.’ For a guy like that, I’ve been blessed.”

 

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Payment in Blood (Suite)

Francesco de Masi

Francesco de Masi

Francesco de Masi

Francesco de Masi

Enjoyable Francesco de Masi score from Enzo Castellari’s first, fun 1967 spaghetti western Payment in Blood aka 7 Winchesters For A Massacre.

Valdez244 does some nice ‘suites’ of numerous film scores, putting alot of work into his Youtube videos.

Sette+Winchester+per+un+Massacro+front Francesco De Masi - 7 Winchester Per Un Massacro - Front

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Eurowestern News from Around the Internet: Franco Nero Starts Production on “Django Lives”

Franco Nero has started work on a second official Django sequel!

Franco Nero Starts Production on “Django Lives”

According to a press release, the new movie is set in 1915 with Django acting as a cowboy consultant in the early days of cinema. When a director is murdered, his outstanding debts are transferred to Django who hides out in a rural town where he inadvertently finds himself in the middle of a bloody dispute dividing its citizens.

Hopefully this will be an improvement over the last two western roles for Nero. Johnathon and of the Bears (1993, Castellari) was a strange, sometimes laughable attempt to recapture the magic of Keoma (1976,Castellari).  More recently, Nero had an awkward cameo in Django Unchained (2012, Tarantino). I like the idea of having him play a much older character . . . this was one of the main problems Johnathon of the Bears, in which he played a character 30 years (!) younger than himself. Along with the rumored Castellari western Badlanders, it will be great to a couple of new Eurowesterns in the upcoming year or two.

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Enzo Castellari Making New Western! “Enzo G. Castellari Interview”

Castellari discussing his movies and his upcoming western film!

For more info: “The film, to be called Badlanders, will also include a small role for Franco Nero, whose 1966 portrayal of the brooding protagonist in Sergio Corbucci’s Spaghetti Western classic Django was the inspiration for Tarantino’s blockbuster Django Unchained.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/quentin-tarantino-film-small-role-421854

 

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