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The Americano (1955)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Western | 29 January 1955 (USA)
An American working on a ranch in the Amazon comes up against a gang of Brazilian bandits.


William Castle


Leslie T. White (story), Guy Trosper (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Sam Dent
Frank Lovejoy ... Bento Hermany
Cesar Romero ... Manuel Silvera / 'El Gato' / Barbossa
Ursula Thiess ... Marianna
Abbe Lane ... Teresa
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Cristino
Salvador Baguez Salvador Baguez ... Captain Gonzalez
Tom Powers ... Jim Rogers
Dan White ... Barney Dent
Frank Marlowe ... Captain of Ship
George Navarro George Navarro ... Tuba Masero
Nyra Monsour Nyra Monsour ... Tuba's Sister


An American Rancher takes a small herd of Brahma bulls to Brazil where he has sold them for a small fortune. There, he finds himself in the middle of a range war......and in love. His concern, who are really his friends and who are his enemies? Written by WesternWildcard

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brazil | american | range | bull | bandit | See All (33) »


A STRANGER TO BRAZIL - but no stranger to danger See more »


Adventure | Western


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Release Date:

29 January 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


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1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


As in the case of Arthur Kennedy, Sarita Montiel, playing the part of Teresa, was filming in Brazil when the money ran out. When production resumed she was not available and was replaced by Abbe Lane. See more »


Approximately 19 minutes in, Glenn is shown on a different horse. The 2 horses continue to be used interchangeably throughout the rest of the movie. However the horses are not very close in coloring. See more »


[first lines]
Stevie: Pa, how far is Brazil?
Barney Dent: That's a long way away, Stevie - clear across the world.
Daughter: Is it as far as Amarillo?
Barney Dent: Yeah, farther!
Stevie: Why are our bulls going to Brazil?
Barney Dent: Because we sold 'em to a rancher down there.
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The Americano
Lyrics by Tom Smith
Music by Xavier Cugat and George Rosner
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These North American's, they change their mind see.
16 June 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Four years before he would be known as the master of the gimmick, William Castle directed this South of the border Western starring Glenn Ford, Cesar Romero, Abby Lane and Frank Lovejoy. In true William Castle style, tho let it be known it wasn't always his fault, The Americano was met with a number of problems. Not least that after being afforded a considerable budget by RKO standards, they ran out of money half way thru. With most of the shoot being in the Matto Grosso jungle in Brazil, where it's believed that Budd Boetticher took control of the shoot, they had to hop tail it back to Hollywood where the project sat in limbo for months. By the time of the reconvene, original choice for the role of Teresa, Sara Montiel, had moved onto Warner Bros and was no longer available after having her RKO contract cancelled for the film. In came Abby Lane and all the scenes with Teresa in had to be re-shot.

The plot sees Ford as Texas cowboy Sam Dent who agrees to take on a job of delivering prize Bulls to a mysterious buyer down near the Amazon in Brazil. However, when he gets there he finds that the man he was meant to meet has been murdered. Quickly making friends with Manuel (Romero), Dent finds that there is a range war going on and that bandits run rife in the area. Trying to stay neutral he finds that he may have to pick a side after all. Does he trust Manuel, a well known bandit by all accounts, be loyal to Bento Hermanny (Lovejoy) who has given him a roof over his head, or pitch in with the lovely Marianna Figuerido (Ursula Thiess) who he is starting to get sweet on? Either way it possibly spells trouble for him.

Amiable, if over used, story that becomes watchable due to the efforts of Ford (as cool as ever) and Romero (who walks away with the movie), The Americano is clearly not the movie the makers set out to make. It was a bold move to make a Western down by the Amazon, not least because the locale should have made for rich pickings. But the problems off screen are up there on the screen. It's photographed by William E. Snyder (Creature from the Black Lagoon/Flying Leathernecks) and the locale is not utilised at all. Shot in Technicolor, the jungle sadly looks grey and almost ashen. There's a little bit of good lens work for a fire sequence, but the majority of it is very poor. They may as well have just built a cheap jungle set at the California base where the rest of the film was shot. The editing is bad and some scenes are blighted by basic errors, watch as Ford is hand tied on his horse one minute then rides an escape in free hand the next! Then there is the awful performance of Thiess, so bad it's obvious why she didn't go on to have a career in Hollywood. This in spite of Howard Hughes manfully fighting her corner.

However, this is a film I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to my Western loving friends on proviso they don't expect too much. Ford and Romero are worth it, as is a couple of scenes such as a pitch fork fight and a dandy piranha dangle sequence. While for the boys Lane warbles and wobbles in a very engaging way. So a big case of not what it should have been, but not without its merits either, and certainly fun enough to adequately fill a couple of hours of undemanding time. 5.5/10

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