An Ordinary Serving of Spaghetti Western

Robert Woods in Colt in the Hand of the Devil (1973)

Whilst in prison Roy Koster (Robert Woods) is saved from the warden's bullet by fellow prisoner Jeremy Scott (Attilio Dottesio) who as he lays dying asks Roy to head to Silvertown where he came from. On arriving in Silvertown Roy quickly realises it is a dangerous place run by a man named Warner (George Wang) with know one happy to see a stranger in town especially one asking questions with even Scott's family less than welcoming. Roy begins to suspect that Jeremy may have been set up for a crime he didn't commit with those who know the truth willing to kill to keep it hidden.

For me when I think of Spaghetti Westerns 3 things usually come to mind, camera work, music and poor dubbing. Sadly after watching "Colt in the Hand of the Devil" it only puts a tick next to one of those things and sadly it is the negative one as we have some poor dubbing. But before I go on let me just say that this isn't a bad spaghetti western, it's just an ordinary one with no great soundtrack or camera work to make it stand out like the best spaghetti westerns do.

George Wang in Colt in the Hand of the Devil (1973)

Anyway the storyline in "Colt in the Hand of the Devil" is pretty straight forwards with Roy arriving in Silvertown and ending up dealing with the bad element who control the place and who were behind Jeremy's wrongful incarceration. That is it and sadly for a spaghetti western which is lacking when it comes to the camera work and soundtrack it isn't enough to make it memorable.

Part of the trouble is that alongside this ordinary storyline the characters are just as ordinary and that makes it all a bit bland and forgettable. It isn't that the acting is bad in "Colt in the Hand of the Devil" but the actors can't make ordinary characters memorable.

What this all boils down to is that "Colt in the Hand of the Devil" is a middle of the road spaghetti western, passable but never anything more than ordinary at best.




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