Although The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh might be trash of the highest order, but it’s all put together with a degree of high quality professionalism that gives it a distinct veneer of class and raises it’s status to being one of the very best of Italian gialli.
A truly memorable Spaghetti Western, A Bullet for Sandoval is unquestionably one of the top ten examples of its type. It exhibits a singularly mean spirited atmosphere as well as an unusual plot that incorporates the ‘revenge for a slaughtered family’ theme in an engrossing and unusual way.
Two murderers are court-martialed and sentenced to die in front of the firing squad. One (Klaus Kinski) is a looter who had shot a protesting shopkeeper, the other (Rai Saunders) a coloured private who angrily killed a racist colleague.
Despite being second billed here, George Hilton really only has a minor role as a British Lieutenant. The main purpose of his character is to act as a humanising force to the hero, Giorgio (Frederick Stafford).
Roy (Gordon Mitchell) fakes his own death in order to bamboozle his old partners by burying their stolen booty in his coffin. He enlists Glenn (George Hilton) to help him. The Colonel (John Ireland) and Portugese (Piero Vida) are not so easily fooled.
“I could kill to get me a pretty woman, but not for money…”, a line which could well have been an epitaph for George Hilton, who displays his trademark easygoing charm in this likable oater with a technical crew that reads like a ‘Best Of’ compilation.