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Freddy und das Lied der Prärie

The Sheriff was a Lady
In the Wild West / The Wild, Wild West

West Germany/Yugoslavia 1964
produced by
Artur Brauner, Willy Egger (executive), Bosko Savic (executive) for CCC Filmkunst, Avala Film
directed by Sobey Martin
starring Freddy Quinn, Rik Battaglia, Beba Loncar, Mamie Van Doren, Carlo Croccolo, Trude Herr, Josef Albrecht, Otto Waldis, Ulrich Hüls, Klaus Dahlen, Mariona, Bruno W.Pantel, Stole Arandjelovic, Vladimir Medar, Milivoje Popovic-Mavid, Janez Vrhovec, Desa Beric, Mirko Boman
written by Gustav Kamopendonk, music by Lotar Olias

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The OId West: Drifter Freddy (Freddy Quinn), sometimes known as outlaw Black Bill, returns home after many a year, to find his uncle Ted (Josef Albrecht) abducted by outlaws who want to know the location of his goldmine, and uncle's daughter (and his childhood sweetheart) Anita (Beba Loncar) having set out after the outlaws on her own.

... and indeed, Anita has tracked down the outlaws to a small gold town, where she has completely lost their trail, but has become the town's deputy sheriff to be able to investigate rather in the open. And since the actual sheriff's (Carlo Croccolo) is a diehard drunkard, she soon enough is the law of the town ... well, not really, because the town is actually run by banker and saloon owner Perkins (Rik Battaglia), a respectable and enormously rich citizen on the outside - who of course is also the head of the gang that kidnapped Anita's dad, and the keep it in the saloon's basement.

Freddy rides into town, and he soon is at odds with Perkins because Perkins' moll Olivia (Mamie Van Doren) shows more than a fleeting interest in him. But he's also soon at odds with Anita, who believes him to be nothing more than a no-good drifter and thief - of course, neither Freddy nor Anita know who the other is.

After much to and fro though, our two heroes find out each other's identity, join forces, take on Perkins and gang, and with a little bit of help from Olivia set a few wrongs right and free Anita's dad.

In the end though, Freddy does not the girl (in fact neither Anita nor Olivia) because he prefers the life as a drifter and rides on to new adventures.

 

After the success of the initial Winnetou-movies, Westerns were considered box office gold in West Germany (even if they hardly were, actually). This was another attempt in cashing in on the Western-boom, starring then popular Schlager star Freddy Quinn (who made quite a few musicals of different genres in the 1960's) and American import bombshell Mamie Van Doren ... and it's not a very good movie: While the Winnetou-films brought a novel fairy tale-like approach to the genre, this film is made very much in the tradition of the singing cowboy movies from Hollywood of the 1940's - in pretty much everything: limited budget, story, structure, even placement of the songs. And while the films of old at least occasionally had a charm to them, this film has way too little to offer to least occasionally shine.

Now don't get me wrong, this is not a trainwreck of a movie, it's competently filmed, Freddy Quinn might not be a great singer but he's a likeable enough chap to carry the film, and there are definitely worse Schlager singers around - it's juist that the film feels like you have seen the same before at least a thousand times, so it makes no difference whether or not you watch this.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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