Gentleman Killer (1967)

In a disputed border town, the US Army waits for word from Washington as to the rightful country it belongs, while dealing with a rowdy pack of Mexican soldier/bandits. Into the mix rides seemingly mysterious stranger Anthony Steffan, who looks like a dandy but has a few deadly tricks up his sleeve.

Though derivative of about a thousand other Italian westerns, Gentleman Killer has a lot of rousing action and fast gun play, making it worthwhile, if not essential viewing and very easy to forgive whatever flaws there are.

The bandit leader is played by Spanish actor Eduardo Fajardo, whom fans of the genre should recognize from his role as the psychotic ex-Confederate in Sergio Corbucci’s Django. He’s pretty good here too and quite a scene-stealer.

There’s also great score by Ennio Morricone’s frequent conductor Bruno Nicolai. This time, Nicolai and Morricone trade places, with Ennio taking control of the orchestra.