Whisky and Ghosts (1976)

aka Fantasma en el Oeste
Article 4081 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-27-2012
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Featuring Alberto Terracina, Fernando Bilbao, Maribel Martin
Country: Spain / Italy
What it is: Spaghetti ghost western comedy

A snake oil salesman in the old west stumbles upon the grave of Davey Crockett, who recruits him to find the location of a treasure.

The premise is on the odd side, which gives the movie some novelty value. There’s the occasional gag that raises a smile. And there are moments when the movie actually captures a certain lyrical visual sense (a scene towards the end with hats flying through the air is an example). But these don’t really change the fact that the movie is mostly a compendium of obvious and sometimes crude slapstick gags; almost all of the jokes during the first third of the movie have to do with whiskey mixed with castor oil. A few more ghosts pop up during the movie, including Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill. In the end, this is more of a genre oddity than a good movie.

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