Cjamango (1967)

Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Robbed of a fortune in gold and left for dead in a saloon massacre, fast-handed gunslinger Cjamango (Ivan Rassimov, using his Anglicized nom du cinema Sean Todd) recovers and tracks his loot to a small town controlled by the notorious bandit El Tigre. He steals back the gold with the help of El Tigre's equally unsavory former partner, Don Pablo (Livio Lorenzon). El Tigre, however, knows the weak spot in Cjamango's armor: a young orphan named Manuel (Gilda Fioravanti), whom the bandit threatens to kill if Cjamango does not reveal the location of the gold. Directed by European genre jack-of-all-trades Edoardo Mulargia under his English alias Edward G. Muller, Cjamango is rife with the serpentine plot twists and explosive gun battles that are the earmarks of the spaghetti Western. The icy-eyed Rassimov (Deep River Savages) makes for a solid if unremarkable hero, but there are enjoyably ripe supporting turns from Lorenzon, the sultry Helene Chanel as Manuel's guardian, and Mickey Hargitay in a small but pivotal role as an amiable whiskey salesman who becomes Cjamango's ally. A largely unrelated Spanish film titled Adios Cjamango was released in 1969, but neither Mulargia nor Rassimov were involved.