7 Dollars On The Red (1966)

7 dollars on the red 1966

Formula spaghetti that adds nothing new to the genre. It’s just a different cast doing the same old tale of revenge and mayhem. The bad guy Mexican is played like a stereotypical cartoon and our hero is pretty bland. At least the cinematography is good.

Sancho aka/El Cachal and his men ride to a ranch and kill the family inside. The woman is wearing a red dress and Sancho drops seven dollars on it. He also takes off with a two year old boy. Back home he tells his wife Rosa they’re going to raise the boy as their own. She says that’s the only way he can give her a son. Not the right thing to say.

After a long time away from home Johnny Ashley (Anthony Steffen) returns and finds his wife dead and son missing. He rides into the town of Wishville. The sheriff tells him to let the law take care of it. Sure he will.

Time passes and Johnny rides the west looking for his son. Years later Sancho and his men rob a stage of its gold and kill almost everyone riding guard. A rider goes into the nearby small town to report to the sheriff. Johnny hears it all and rides off.

Sancho tells his gang they’ll split up the gold and disband. Johnny goes to the scene of the robbery and finds some gold on the ground. Then he runs across a gang member. He gets the information he wants but has to kill him when the man draws on him.

In another town two strangers go into a saloon. One tells the bartender he wants his knockout wife to serve him. The bartender sends his hired man out to take care of the stranger. It’ll be his last job. The stranger starts slapping the bartender around when his wife sneaks up behind him. His friend kills her and the stranger sticks a knife through the bartenders hand. The two then ride back to join Sancho. One stranger is named Bill. The other is Jerry….Johnny’s grown up son.

Sancho wants to rob the bank in Wishville and sends Jerry into town to check out the bank. Prospectors have deposited their gold and Sancho wants it. In town Jerry makes successful moves on Sybil. She sings in the hotel owned by her sister Emily. Emily tells Sybil the man is trouble and to stay away from him. Of course she doesn’t listen.

Johnny rides in and Emily is glad to see him and so is the sheriff. He asks Johnny to stick around and help guard the bank. He says he’ll hang out for a short while. Johnny looks out a window and sees a man putting some cards up his sleeve. Inside the saloon he sits down at a poker game with Jerry and his pals. He tells them to take their guns off because he feels safer that way and they comply.

Of course he cheats and Johnny saves Jerry from a bullet. Earlier Jerry had saved Johnny’s life out on the trail and he’s returning the favor. Jerry’s not impressed. Jerry rides out of town with his pal Bill and they meet Sancho. Sybil follows. She overhears Sancho talking about the bank and Jerry saying what he really thinks of her. When she leaves she makes some noise and Sancho orders Jerry to get her.

The movie goes exactly where you know it will. With all the spaghetti westerns out there there’s no reason you can’t give this one a miss. Then again, if you like to see guns fire with no bullets coming out but a lot of extras falling down anyway maybe you’ll get into it. Guess blanks costs too much and would have broken the budget.

Anthony Steffen appeared in many spaghetti westerns.

Anthony Steffen

Anthony Steffen

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