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Monday, October 31, 2011

"BARIL SA AKING KAMAY" (1966): ONE OF MY BEST PINOY WESTERN MOVIES

Last shown in 1966, "Baril sa Aking Kamay" was finally reshown to the public last July during the Cinemalaya Film Festival, as part of the Ronwaldo Reyes Film Retrospective. Considered as lost and one in my wish list, (thanks to the late Fernando Poe, Jr., who was able to preserve the reels) it was shown in its entirety and in pristine condition.


"Baril Sa Aking Kamay" (1966)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Helen Gamboa, Eva Montes, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Manol Robles, Vic Varrion, Mario Escudero, Jay Ilagan, Nello Nayo, Pedro Faustino/ Directed by D'lanor



Baril sa Aking Kamay, one of the best Pinoy westerns I’ve seen, is a combination of “Shane” and “The Fastest Gun Alive.” As film historian Teddy Co puts it, “the last 25 minutes is a ‘tour de force’ of choreographed shootouts... one of the high points of this genre.”



The movie tells of a mysterious stranger named Ariel, pursued by two groups--- the first one, a group of three notorious gunslingers headed by Rufo (Victor Bravo) and his two men, Labuyo (Lito Anzures) and Mario (Mario Escudero). The fanatical Rufo was too obsessed to face Ariel to determine who between them was the fastest gun in the land after Ariel gunned down Diegong Kidlat, known for his fast draw; the second one, a posse led by a sheriff named Hepe (Nello Nayo) also keen to find and arrest him on Diegong Kidlat’s death. Diegong Kidlat was the one responsible for the death of Ariel’s wife named Erlinda. Ariel had Erlinda’s name engraved on his gun and vowed vengeance and justice.

However, Ariel’s face remained unknown to his pursuers and the only identity that would pin him down was the name “Erlinda” engraved on the barrel of his gun.

Ariel ended up in a small ranch owned by Mang Pedro (Pedro Faustino) with children, Luisa (Helen Gamboa) and Boy (Jay Ilagan). He disguised himself as Abel to avoid detection. He applied for a job and is accepted with reservation.

Things went smooth at first but get complicated when Boy discovered the gun and his real identity exposed to the family. As when Ariel decided to leave the town, Rufo and Lupo arrived.

One drizzly day--- While most people in the town were inside the church attending mass, Rufo and Lupo were having a drink inside a bar nearby. Boy, who was in the church with the family, slipped out and went to the bar. He noticed Rufo and Lupo, who were new in the town, and approached them. Lupo told Boy that Rufo was the fastest gun alive which Boy refuted. He said he had a friend who was faster than him. When Rufo asked if his friend had a gun with a name Erlinda engraved, he nodded immediately. Realizing his mistake, Boy tried to recant his statement but Rufo held him hostage. He sent Lupo to the church to announce his demand--- Ariel in exchange of Boy.

Upon hearing the demand, Luisa hurriedly left and went home to inform Ariel who was then finishing his tasks in the ranch and about to leave. Luisa told Ariel about Rufo and his demand.

Lupo, who earlier killed Mario in a gun duel after a heated argument, also had a verbal argument this time with Rufo. A gun duel ensued. A much faster Rufo gunned down Lupo. At this time, Rufo went out of the bar with Boy in tow and demanded for Ariel.

A few minutes later, Ariel arrived and engaged Rufo in a gun duel. Seconds later, Rufo was laid dead after a series of gunshots.

Hepe and his men arrived. He heard the shots and asked for the whereabouts of Ariel but the town folks were silent and mum about it. Hepe felt that there might be a compelling and valid reason why the people were trying to cover up or hide the man. Dismayed, the group left town, never to return.




Victor Bravo as Rufo, the gunslinger


Nello Nayo as Hepe, the sheriff


Fernando Poe, Jr. as Ariel/ Abel and Helen Gamboa as Luisa


Eva Montes, the storekeeper who knows Ariel's identity


As Ariel, trying his hand at target shooting


Jay Ilagan as Boy, discovers Ariel's gun


Ariel advises Boy (Jay Ilagan)


Ariel explains his side and his true identity


Boy tells Rufo and Lupo (Lito Anzures) that he knew who the fastest gun alive


The gun duel between...


Ariel


and Rufo


The aftermath... Hepe arrives and receives negative results of Ariel's whereabouts.


Hepe tells the town folks including Ariel that he will be leaving town never to return.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

WINNIE SANTOS AND DONDON NAKAR IN "PILYANG ENGKANTADA" (1976)

Those who grew up in the 70s would probably remember Winnie Santos and Dondon Nakar. The two belonged to the popular group "Apat na Sikat" with two other teen stars Lala Aunor and Arnold Gamboa.

"Pilyang Engkantada" (1976)- Stars Winnie Santos, Dondon Nakar, Ike Lozada, Luz Fernandez, Mar Quijano/ with Sylvio Ramiro and Allan Valenzuela/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz

Thursday, October 27, 2011

BEN PEREZ, ERLINDA CORTES, BABY ZOBEL IN GERARDO DE LEON'S "ANG BAGONG MAESTRA" (1953)/ A SOCIAL COMMENTARY

Released in 1953, Gerardo de Leon’s “Ang Bagong Maestra” shows the harsh realities and images, the sad truth of the plights of our impoverished people, the poor of the poorest living in the remote barrios and the government’s inaction and neglect on their basic needs. This still holds true today. The movie is a social commentary and indictment on government insensitivity. But it also shows how the people rise by working side by side, in the spirit of bayanihan and unity.




After 10 years in Manila, Herman (Ben Perez) returned to his home town, a very big disappointment to his ailing father, a barangay captain, who pinned his hope on him for a better life not only to his family but to their barrio mates as well. With him was his articulate, young daughter, Ofelia (Baby Zobel).


The old man’s dream of his son to become a lawyer was doomed when the latter instead of finishing his studies, went to a good-time spree wastefully spending the money intended for his schooling. On his father’s death bed, Herman asked for forgiveness.


Herman also had to settle his differences with his former girlfriend, Nita (Erlinda Cortes), now a barrio school teacher in a run-down, dilapidated school house.


Herman and Nita met and both were still in love with each other after years of separation and no communication.


The duty of a barangay captain was passed on Herman and with a herculean task on his shoulder, he had no idea what his duties were. He was told and advised that he had to first call a council meeting among his town mates to find out the immediate problem. The barrio, located in a remotest part was in dire need of a good road to transport their goods and a refurbished school house for the children.


The council headed by Herman went to the mayor’s office for a dialogue. Regretfully, their requests were not acted upon. When Herman insisted on their demands, he was stripped of his post.


Herman, at this point in time, was in quandary. Her daughter didn't like the idea of staying a little longer in the barrio saying the place was dirty and the school house smelly and filthy. She’s not also comfortable with her teacher.


Ofelia wanted to go back to Manila. She became ill. Nita, all this time, was in her side taking good care of her.


With no help coming from the local government, Herman tried to talk to their barrio mates that they can do the jobs all by themselves. Spare portions of their lands for the use of the road and help in the building of the pathways and the school building. However, most of the people were reluctant and adamant saying that it’s not their duty but of the government. The government should pay them for the portion of the land.


With no help from most of his town mates, Herman and few of his trusted men started working, with four of them, it was impossible. Their effort was doomed from the beginning without support from the majority of the populace. Herman got ill due to severe exhaustion.


Nita, in desperation, called an emergency meeting. She told her barrio mates that she will be quitting her post as a school teacher. She also told them that what Herman was doing was for the good and betterment of all, to uplift their lives. What they need was their all-out support, for everybody to participate and lend a helping hand. Her call for unity was finally heeded by his town mates and soon all were working.


With Ofelia making amends with her father and saying sorry to her teacher, the movie ends with Herman and Nita realizing their dreams.






With his daughter, Ofelia (Baby Zobel) in tow, Herman (Ben Perez) returned to his home town



Herman met by his sister



Herman, Ofelia and father in sick bed



Ofelia in one of the poignant scenes



Nita (Erlinda Cortes) and Herman in a confrontation scene



Herman, a doting father to Ofelia



Herman swore to his ailing father



Herman talked to his councilmen on what to do next



The barrio council met with the mayor about their predicaments



Nita and Herman in a tender scene



Herman and few of his trusted town mates took the initiative



The frustrated Nita urging his barrio mates for support and cooperation



The fulfillment of the dreams


POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 51: "NABASAG ANG BANGA" (1947)


"Nabasag ang Banga"
Oriental Pictures, Inc.
Release Date: April 10-24, 1947 to January 14, 1948/Bataan
Music S.S. Suarez
Direction Manuel Conde
Cast Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Ben Rubio, Estrella Lopez, Patring Carvajal, Pepito Alpajaro, Mario Roldan, Perla Oriente, Berting Santos, B.M. Dizon

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 50: "SARUNG BANGGI (ISANG GABI)"/ 1947


"Sarung Banggi (Isang Gabi)"
LVN Pictures, Inc.
Release Date: December 28, 1947 to January 14, 1948/Dalisay
Photoraphy
Enrique Rosales
Music
Constancio de Guzman
Story and Direction Susana C. de Guzman
Cast Rogelio de la Rosa, Mila del Sol, Tony Arnaldo, Risa Rosal, Alfonso Carvajal, Citas Gonzales, Engracio Ibarra, Rosa Mia, Soto & Nieves, Lopita


On the set of "Sarung Banggi," with lead stars Rogelio de la Rosa and Rosa Rosal.

Monday, October 24, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 49: "DALAWANG ANINO" (1947)


"Dalawang Anino" (1947)
Release Date: 1947
Direction
Moises A. Caguin
Cast Vic Oliver, Erlinda Cortes, Eddie Infante, Quiel Segovia, Fred Gonzales, Chipopoy, Canuplin, Jacinto SOlomon, Tony Camonte, Nar Limson, Terry Clemens, Ben Pineda, Larry Manuel, Ding Manalng, Jose Macalinao/ Introducing Dely Magpayo

Sunday, October 23, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 48: "MAKISLAP NA BATO" (1947)


"Makislap na Bato" (1947)
Cetas Crisotomo & Co. Pictures
Release Date: 1947
Photography
Jose Nepomuceno Production
Music Laureano Vicencio
Story and Direction
Fausto S. Gonzalez
Cast Pancho Magalona, Lupe Velasco, Ramon D' Salva, Mil Flores, Mrs. Rudy Concepcion, Lulu Belle, Anita Serrano, Jose Camia, Conchita Arceo, Jose Macalinao, Moises Buning, Ladislao Bella Subang, Vicente Sanchez, Aruray, Batotoy, Ngongo

Saturday, October 22, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 47: "KAMAGONG: BAYANI NG MAHIRAP" (1947)


"Kamagong: Bayani ng Mahirap" (1947)
Nolasco Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release Date: 1947
Screenplay
Fernando Alfon
Music Josefino Cenizal
Story and Direction
Luis F. Nolasco
Cast Leopoldo Salcedo, Lilia Dizon, Rosa Rosal, Gil de Leon, Billy Vizcarra, Don Danon, Augusto Conde, Tino de Lara, Luis Del Rey, Vicenta Fernandez

Friday, October 21, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 46: "KASALANAN KAYA" (1947)


"Kasalanan Kaya" (1947)
Fernando Poe Productions/ Palaris Films
Release Date: 1947/Illusion and Scala
Music Tito Arevalo
Director
Davao Santiago
Cast Reynaldo Dante, Luningning, Quiel Segovia, Pacita del Rio, Gregorio Ticman, Naty Bernardo, Batotoy

Thursday, October 20, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 45: "TANI: LORD OF THE SOUTH SEAS" (1947)


"Tani: Lord of the South Seas" (1947)
Leyte Motion Pictures
Release Date: June 1947/Center
Music Felipe P. de Leon
Story and Director
Tor Villano
Cast Teddy Benavides, Flora Mirasol, Virginia Warne, Darmo Acosta, Salvador Zaragosa, Amparo Aquino, Rafael Jimenez, Billy Liliput


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 44: "BAKYA MO NENENG" (1947)


"Bakya Mo Neneng" (1947)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date: April 30, 1947/Dalisay
Cast Rosa Del Rosario, Leopoldo Salcedo, Sylvia Rosales, Carlos Padilla, Lopito, Lilia Dizon, Pilar Padilla, Engracio Ibarra, Armando Villa

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 43: "MALING AKALA" (1947)


"Maling Akala" (1947)
LVN Pictures, Inc.
Release Date:September 19-29, 1947/Dalisay
Director Luis Silos
Cast Jose Padilla, Jr., Mila del Sol, Guia Imperial, Banahaw Sevilla, Nati Rubi, Francisco Monroy, Manuel Eloriaga, Jose Cris Soto, Patring (Monang) Carvajal, Bayani Casimiro/ Introducing Teodolfo Belarmino

Monday, October 17, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 42: "SA KABUKIRAN" (1947)


"Sa Kabukiran" (1947)
Philippine Pictures, Inc.
Release Date:December 3-7, 1947/Dalisay
Music Manuel P. Velez
Director
Joe Climaco
Cast Lilian Velez, Narding Anzures, Fred Santos, Tolindoy, Romy, Yolanda Oria, Lina Blanca, Guillermo Carls

Sunday, October 16, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 41: "TANDANG SORA" (1947)/ A FILM BY LAMBERTO AVELLANA


"Tandang Sora" (1947)
Release Date: July 1947/Boulevard
Cinematography
William H. Jansen
Music Ray Alinsod
Original Script Daisy H. Avellana
Director Lamberto Avellana

Cast Rosa del Rosario, Leopoldo Salcedo, Eddie Infante, Quiel Segovia, Fernando Royo, Luis Salvador, Lopito, Hanasan, Pedro Faustino, Rita Rivera, Leroy Salvador, Cresing Aligada, Totoy Torrente, Eddie San Jose, Arsenio Trillian, Bayona Brothers

Saturday, October 15, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 40: "VIOLETA" (1947)


"Violeta" (1947)
LVN Pictures, Inc.
Release Date: July 1947/Dalisay
Director Susana de Guzman

Cast Jose Padilla, Jr., Mila del Sol, Tony Arnaldo

Friday, October 14, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 39: "SEKRETANG HONGKONG" (1947)


"Sekretang Hongkong" (1947)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date: July 1947/Dalisay
Director Moises Caguin

Cast Domingo Principe, Anita Linda and Pugo & Togo/ with Rolando Liwanag, Engracio Ibarra, Tony Camonte, Divina Gracia, Dick Roque

Thursday, October 13, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 38: "PAMELA (ANG MUTYA NG PALENGKE)" (1947)


"Pamela (Ang Mutya ng Palengke)" (1947)
Fernando Poe Productions/ Palaris Films
Release Date: October 16-27, 1947/Center
Director Fernando Poe

Cast Patricia Mijares, Serafin Garcia, Pacita Del Rio, Oscar Keese, Tugak & Pugak, Salvador Zaragoza, Minda Bernal, Angelina Tabuena

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

POST-WAR TAGALOG MOVIES # 37: " LA PALOMA" (1947)


"La Paloma" (1947)
Sampaguita Pictures, Inc.
Release Date: July 1947
Music Constancio de Guzman
Director Tor Villano

Cast Paraluman, Fred Montilla, Lilian Leonardo, Rico Romero, Vicente Liwanag, Rafael Jimenez, Jose Cris Soto

Monday, October 10, 2011

ROSARIO MORENO AND RUDY CONCEPCION IN "PAKIUSAP" (1940)/ A FILM BY OCTAVIO SILOS

Pakiusap (1940), one of only five surviving pre-war Filipino movies, starred Rosario Moreno and Rudy Concepcion, whose screen tandem was extremely phenomenal and well-loved during their time.

"Pakiusap" (1940)- Stars Rosario Moreno, Rudy Concepcion, Sylvia Rosales, Franco Garcia, Pedro Faustino, Naty Bernardo/ Directed by Octavio Silos



Don Andres (Franco Garcia) and his son, Ernesto (Rudy Concepcion) were both in love with a pretty barrio lass, Amparing (Rosario Moreno), whose principled father, Mang Teong (Pedro Faustino) was working on the hacienda owned by Don Andres. Mang Teong was not in favor of Don Andres and his intention towards Amparing. He advised her daughter not to receive any gifts from Don Andres.

Ernesto, the good-looking son of Don Andres, on the other hand, disguised himself as a lowly farmer from a nearby barrio so as to get near Amparing. The two eventually fell in love.


Life became hard on the family of Amparing--- Mang Teong was fired from his job when he vehemently refused Don Andres’ gifts in exchange of Amparing’s hand. Her mother, Aling Clara (Naty Bernardo) was down due to a lingering illness. At the same time, she learned of Ernesto’s true identity. Amparing, feeling he was betrayed, broke off with Ernesto.


Amparing tried to look for job but to no avail. Desperate, she decided to approach Don Andres and ask for financial assistance--- for his father, who was in jail and for her ailing mother for the medical needs. In return, she had to marry Don Andres.


Ernesto returned and learned of Amparing’s upcoming marriage to his father. In a drastic move, he snatched Amparing.

It was a happy ending for the couple as Don Andres realized his mistake and ask for forgiveness.




As Amparing (Rosario Moreno) in one of the several unforgettable musical numbers.


Don Andres (Franco Garcia) woos Amparing


Amparing


Mang Teong advises Amparing


Rudy Concepcion as Ernesto serenading Amparing


Another musical number--- a duet between Amparing...


... and Ernesto


Pedro Faustino as Mang Teong


Ernesto and Ester (Sylvia Rosales)


Amparing and Ernesto in a confrontation scene


Don Andres and son Ernesto


Ernesto races against time


Ernesto asks Amparing to go with him


The couple escapes in a banca


The finale

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