Was watching The Three Fantastic Supermen in the Orient the other night, and it’s pretty rubbish. But… the main fantastic superman is played by one Robert Malcolm. Now I’ve come across this guy before in Piero Regnoli’s even more rubbish And the Smelled the Strange Exciting Scent of Dollars (or whatever it’s called in English), and it looked like he made one other film in 1973, Pietro Francisci’s rather more high profile Simbad e il califfo di Bagdad.
But who the hell was he? There was an American actor called Robert Malcolm, but it can’t be the same person as he was acting in the 1940s, whereas our Robert Malcom can’t have been more than 30-35 when he was in these films. He’s also assumed to be Antonio Monselesan (who’s also known as Tony Norton) in the IMDB listing for And the Smelled, but that can’t be right as the two men really don’t look anything alike (and a recent Nocturno interview with Monselesan makes no mention of these films). There’s a Robby Weaver (aka Robert Malcolm Weaver), an ex- American child actor who was about the right age, possibly a bit young, but there seems to be no other connection. And, err, there’s a Roberto Malcom who would appear to be some kind of Italian porn star. Was he, like Charles Southwood, an American who just happened to drift into the Italian film industry? Or was he an Italian actor who we all know under a different name.
It’s a mystery!