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Sunday, August 31, 2008


Left- Vic Morrow and Rick Jason in "Combat"
Right- Robert Conrad and Ross Martin in "Wild Wild West"

Two of my precious memories of the 60s---

Left- Scanned from the original Wild Wild West Holiday Greeting Card courtesy of Sarsi
Right- Scanned from the original Vic Morrow of Combat courtesy of Shell

I grew up watching Vic Morrow as Sgt. Chip Saunders and Rick Jason as Lt. Gil Hanley in a TV war series
Combat and Robert Conrad as James West and Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon, two US secret service agents in a TV Western series Wild Wild West--- two of my favorites including other TV shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents (50s show airing in the 60s), Bonanza, Wanted Dead or Alive, The Rat Patrol, Have Gun Will Travel, Maverick, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Man With a Camera, Mission Impossible, The Rifleman, Colt 45, Perry Mason, Batman and three of my favorite TV Sci-fi series--- The Twilight Zone, Land of the Giants and The Time Tunnel. Most of these highly successful 60s TV series are readily available in home videos and DVD box sets, where you can watch and enjoy them anytime.

The master filmmaker as host and occasional director in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," an anthology of 'situation tragedies,' as Hitchcock once described as tales of murder, mystery and surprise. The series runs from 1955 to 62.

Left- 60s secret agents Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Ilya Kuryakin in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
Right- The "Batman" in mid 60s with Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin

The Cast of Bonanza: From left- Dan Blocker as Eric'Hoss' Cartwright, Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright, Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright and Michael Landon as Little Joe Cartwright/ The series runs from 1959 to 1973

Richard Boone as Paladin in "Have Gun Will Travel"/ The series runs from 1957-63

Left- The young Charles Bronson as a photographer in "Man With a Camera"

Right- Raymond Burr stars as "Perry Mason

Left- The young Steve McQueen as Josh Randall, the bounty hunter in "Wanted Dead or Alive."
Right- James Garner as Bret and Jack Kelly as Bart, two reluctant heroes in "Maverick."

Left- Wayde Preston as Christopher Colt in "Colt .45"

Right- Chuck Norris as Lucas McCain, "The Rifleman"

Left- The Rat Patrol- Christopher George as Sgt. Sam Troy led a group of allied commandos in jeeps armed with machine guns.
Right- Mission Impossible- Major actors at different moments in the series included Peter Graves (IMF head), Barbara Bain (model), Greg Morris (technical expert), Peter Lupus and Martin Landau (disguise artist)

Left- The Time Tunnel- one of television’s earliest well-made sci-fi series with James Darren as Dr. Tony Newman and Robert Colbert as Dr. Douglas Phillips
Right- The Twilight Zone (1959-64)- Created and hosted by Rod Serling, another classic and most revered Sci-fi series

Land of the Giants- another television’s sci-fi series (1968-70), where three crew and four passengers in a suborbital shuttle Spindrift passes through a mysterious cloud and crash lands on a world where the inhabitants are twelve times higher than normal. Gary Conway stars as Captain Steve Burton.


Manuel Conde was supposed to do Juan Tamad Goes to Malacanang in 1961. Pre-production and preparations were on place, but for one reason or another the whole project was aborted and shelved.

In 1962, a different Juan Tamad was introduced to the public. The actor, Leopoldo Salcedo, and not Manuel Conde, assumed the role of Juan Tamad. The movie was titled as
Juan Tamad Enters Malacanang, since the title of Juan Tamad Goes to Malacanang was already copyrighted by Conde. What would have been Conde's reaction that time? It's disheartening and I'm pretty sure it would have broken the heart of Conde. For me that was foul and unethical, since the name Juan Tamad had been associated with Conde since 1947, when he made the first Juan Tamad.

Juan Tamad Enters Malacanang (1962)- Stars Leopoldo Salcedo,
Merle Tuazon, Pugak, Tugak/ Directed by Tino Garcia

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Efren Reyes Dies of Heart Attack
The Manila Chronnicle
February 12, 1968

Movie actor-director Efren Reyes, 44, died of heart attack early last night at the Sta. Ana race tracks in Makati, Rizal. Reyes was taken to the race tracks first aid station. However, he had to be transferred immediately to the St. Anne’s Hospital on Del Pan Street, also in Sta. Ana. He was pronounced dead on arrival. Some witnesses said Reyes had just collected winnings amounting to several thousands of pesos and was on his way out of the race tracks when he collapsed. An official of the race tracks said he received information that Reyes had won in the fifth daily double race, which paid a dividend of php13, 700.50 for every php1 bet. Even after Reyes had been pronounced dead, Dr. Lydia Joson and Dr. Inocencio Sicat, both of St. Anne’s Hospital tried to resuscitate him by applying external heart massage. At about 9 pm, Reyes’ body was taken to the Funeraria Quiogue on Recto Avenue.

It was his third stroke since two years ago. Reyes was with actor Leroy Salvador and other friends.

Reyes was married to the former Virginia Melevo, popularly known in movie circles as Virginia Montes, by whom he had five children, the eldest being 15 years old. At the time of his death, he was directing a picture titled “Jingy” with Andy Poe, brother of Fernando Poe, Jr. in the starring role.

Jingy (1968)- Efren Reyes last directorial job/ Stars Andy Poe, Paquito Diaz, Alicia Alonzo, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla

Hangganan ng Matatapang (1967)- Efren Reyes' last full-length featured film/ with Perla Bautista, Van de Leon, Johnny Monteiro and Ronaldo Valdez/ Directed by Rey Amigo

Efren Reyes, The Actor/ Movie Ads Circa 1949-60

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Efren Reyes, Sr. was a popular action star of the 50s appearing mostly in action and costume epic movies. Efren’s grandfather was the celebrated Lola Basyang author, Severino Reyes, also the author and producer of Walang Sugat, the most popular of local zarzuelas. He started his career at an early age doing supporting roles in such movies as Hiram na Pangalan (1948) and Wala na akong Luha (1948). Kumander Sundang (1949) was his first break and biggest hit. He became Premiere Productions’ top contract star turning in memorable performances in Kapitan Bagwis (1951), Kapitan Berong (1953), Paltik (1954), Abenturera (1954), Pedro Penduko (1954), Ander Di Saya (1954), Mag-asawa’y di Biro (1954), Ifugao (1954), where he was awarded the Asian Film Festival Best Actor Award in 1955 and Kadenang Putik (1960), where he won the FAMAS Best Actor award. Two of his movies, Salabusab (1954) and Kalibre 45 (1957) were adjudged Famas Best Pictures. Known for his fencing skills, he appeared in many swashbuckling movies--- Prinsipe Don Juan (1950), Carlos Trece (1953), Prinsipe Villarba (1956), Haring Espada (1956), Prinsipe Alejandre (1957) and Eskrimador (1957). His sword duels with Johnny Monteiro in many movies they made together were a big treat to their legions of fans.

Reyes, according to his son, Efren Jr. in a recent article, pioneered the so-call Pinoy Western in Philippine movies, when his dad did Bandido in 1950. His colleagues then were reluctant and were not sold to the idea of doing the said movie because they saw it unrealistic as there were no cowboys in this country. The movie later turned out to be a big box-office hit that started the western genre in Philippine cinema.

He was also into film directing. His first directorial job was Haring Espada in 1956 using the pen name of Severino Reyes III. He likewise excelled in this field, gaining wide recognition and being nominated several times--- for Albano Brothers (1962), Sigaw ng Digmaan (1963), Pilipinas Kong Mahal (1965) and Dugo ang Kulay ng Pag-ibig (1966) He directed the legendary Fernando Poe, Jr. in many memorable movies, among them, Sigaw ng Digmaan (1963), which won the Famas Best Picture that year, Ito ang Maynila (1963), Daniel Barrion (1964), Baril na Ginto (1964), Ang Daigdig Ko’y Ikaw (1965), Pilipinas Kong Mahal (1965), Zamboanga (1966).

Reyes was married to actress Virginia Montes. They had six children, two of them; Cristina Reyes and Efren Jr. were also in show business.

He died of heart attack (see details) on February 11, 1968.

Kumander Sundang (1949)- Starring Rosa del Rosario, Efren Reyes, Fernando Royo/Directed by Gerardo de Leon

Hindi Ako Susuko (1949)- Starring Leila Morena and Efren Reyes/Directed by Alex M. Sunga

Bandido (1950)- Starring Efren Reyes, Virginia Montes, Enrico Pimentel,Fred Santos/ Directed by Ramon A. Estella/ Regarded as the first Pinoy western movie

Taga-ilog (1951)- Starring Efren Reyes, Nena Cardenas, Lopito, Helen Grace Prospero, Ruben Rustia/Directed by Consuelo P. Osorio

Kapitan Bagwis (1951)- Starring Efren Reyes, Anita Linda, Lopito, Oscar Keesee, Patria Plata/Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Paltik (1954)- Stars Jose Padilla, Jr., Efren Reyes, Arsenia Francisco, Virginia Montes, Mario Barri, Nello Nayo/ Directed by Cirio H. Santiago

Abenturera (1954)- Starring Efren Reyes, Corazon Rivas, Carol Varga, Jose Romulo/Directed by Nemesio Caravana

Ander Di Saya (1954)- Starring Efren Reyes, Leila Morena, Lopito, Ramon D' Salva/Directed by Nemesio Caravana

Salabusab (1954)- Starring Efren Reyes, Leila Morena, Juan 'Johnny' Monteiro, Fernando Royo/Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Pedro Penduko (1954)- Starring Efren Reyes, Edna Luna, Lopito, Ramon D' Salva, Ruben Rustia, Lito Anzures/Directed by Gerardo de Leon

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Ifugao (1954)- Starring Efren Reyes, Leila Morena, Juan 'Johnny' Monteiro, Gloria Sevilla, Fernando Royo/Directed by Gerardo de Leon

Sagrado (1955) Stars Efren Reyes, Leila Morena, Lopito, Lauro Delgado, Carol varga, Ruben Rustia, Nello Nayo, Cynthia Zamora/Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Eskrimador (1955)- Starring Efren Reyes, Edna Luna, Juan 'Johnny' Monteiro, Corazon Rivas, Lauro Delgado/Directed by Teodorico C. Santos

Desperado (1956)- Starring Efren Reyes, Olivia Cenizal, Lopito, Ramon D' Salva, Ligaya Lopez, Jose Garcia/ with Max ALvarado, Bino Garcia Tony Palomer/Directed by Ramon Estella

Prinsipe Villarba (1956)- Starring Efren Reyes, Olivia Cenizal, Jose Romulo, Cynthia Zamora, Lauro Delgado, Ramon D' Salva/Directed by Nemesio Caravana

Haring Espada (1956)- Starring Efren Reyes, Cesar Ramirez, Olivia Cenizal, Lopito, Marita de Leon, Ramon D' Salva/Directed by Severino Reyes III (Efren Reyes)

Espadang Umaangil (1957)- Starring Efren Reyes, Olivia Cenizal, Lauro Delgado, Melita De Leon, Nello nayo, Jose Garcia/Directed by Nemesio Caravana

Probinsiyana (1957)- Starring Efren Reyes, Olivia Cenizal, Jose Romulo, Cielito Legaspi, Vicente Liwanag/Directed by Josefino Cenizal

Kalibre .45 (1957)- Starring Efren Reyes, Danilo Montes, Edna Luna, Cynthia Zamora, Amado Cortez/ Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Ang Maton (1959)- Starring Efren Reyes, Zaldy Zshornack, Lani Oteyza, Miriam Jurado, Ronald Remy/Directed by Cesar Gallardo

Kadenang Putik (1960)- Starring Efren Reyes, Alicia Vergel, Leonor Vergara, Bob Soler, Ronald Remy, Lily Marquez and Tessie Quintana/Directed by Cesar Gallardo


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