Plot: Roy Colt (Brett Halsey) and Winchester Jack (Charles Southwood) are good friends and fellow outlaws, but that doesn’t mean they always share the same vision, as there is an immense spirit of competition between the two. The two will fight over the smallest things, never willing to be one upped or shown up, even if it means causing all kinds of trouble in the process. Roy has found himself in the middle of a hunt for a treasure map, while Jack rescues a beautiful woman who seems all too willing to offer herself, if he will either marry her or pay ten dollars per session. Soon the two cross paths during a stagecoach robbery, only to forge an uneasy alliance to track down the treasure and hunt down the man known as the Reverend, who seems to be the the key to finding all the gold. But every step of the way, the two squabble and bicker, so even if they find the gold, can they manage to divide it without incident?
Entertainment Value: Mario Bava was best known for his work in the horror genre, but he directed several westerns, including the offbeat Roy Colt & Winchester Jack. More or less a satire of the spaghetti westerns, this movie injects some quirky humor into a pretty standard western narrative, then plays up some of the conventions. The end result might not be a genre classic, but it is an interesting movie with some colorful moments. I think the movie suffers because the leads don’t have the charisma or presence the roles seem to require. Perhaps with more capable leads, the humor would have landed more and the western feel would have been more entrenched. The performances are passable, but just don’t run with the comedic approach. Even so, the movie is watchable and rarely dull, especially given the outlandish antics of our lead characters and the more colorful elements involved. Marilu Tolo is immense fun as the love interest, adding a lot of charm and humor to the role. Some of the jokes work well and the offbeat vibe is fun too, but fans of Bava won’t find much in terms of skilled direction. Bava’s work here feels more like a paycheck than a project he was invested in, so don’t expect stylish presence or his usual signature elements. If you’re a fan of spaghetti westerns, this one is worth a spin, provided you don’t mind the comedic approach.
No nakedness. Marilu Tolo teases and has some erotic moments, but all the skin remains covered in this one. No blood either, but a lot of shoot outs and some brawls. So fun western style violence, but none of it is graphic or over the top. I did appreciate all the action however, with fun chases and robberies, so while it is a comic take on the genre, the movie does deliver on the western conventions. As I watched this with English subtitles, I can’t be sure if the dialogue is as wacky as the subtitles suggest, but I have to think it might be close. The banter between Jack and Roy is often humorous, while Tolo’s Manila provides some terrific lines as well. These are colorful characters and we are given colorful dialogue, even if not all of it lands. On the craziness angle, the colorful characters add to the meter, as do some of the sillier elements, such as the crutches being shot out from under a man, piece by piece. So some wacky fun, but this one stays more grounded than expected, given the comedic angle. A scene with a snake is hilarious however, as it might be the worst fake snake ever filmed.
Overall Insanity: 2/10