The Whipping Boy
Kitosch (George Hilton) finds himself in trouble again as he can't stop himself when it comes to a pretty woman whether she is married or not. When he gets accused of a crime he didn't commit he ends up joining forces with Joshua Tracy (Frank Wolff), a renowned outlaw known for being cold blooded and down right vicious. But after joining forces Kitosch faces a decision when Tracy decides to blackmail his former boss by kidnapping his wife as despite being branded by him Kitosch knows things don't bode well for him in Tracy's hands.
It starts with some whistling then the sound of a trumpet before the harmonica kicks in and fans of Spaghetti westerns will probably sense that there is for something half decent with "Last of the Badmen". And between plenty of nice camera work which frequently incorporates partial obscured shots and the soundtrack it is every ounce a good spaghetti western, it even has a bad guy who at one point uses a tiny gun to get free.
But whilst "Last of the Badmen" has a great style and a wonderful soundtrack, absolutely drenched in the 60s, where it is let down is by a story. Okay it has a fun set up as we meet Kitosch who can't resist a woman especially one who throws herself at him. And there are moments of humour through out such as when Tracy goes to teach Kitosch how to shoot only for Kitosch to already be an expert gun man. But the story of revenge, redemption and blackmail is not that great and in truth is maybe a little too simplistic for such a stylish movie as often it feels like scenes are being drawn out or those which add nothing are thrown in.
What this all boils down to is that "Last of the Badmen" is at best an enjoyable Spaghetti Western which benefits from a lot of style especially when it comes to the soundtrack. But for me the actual storyline in "Last of the Badmen" just doesn't quite hold my attention despite some fun ideas and creativity when it comes to weapons.