Sting of the West

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Sting of the West aka
Tedeum film.jpg
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Starring Jack Palance
Music by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
Cinematography Manuel Rojas
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Italy

Tedeum (internationally released as Sting of the West, Father Jackleg and Con Men) is a 1972 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Enzo G. Castellari. The title role was initially offered to Tomas Milian, who eventually refused.[1]



Tedeum and his parents and granddad are all con men travelling around in a sailboat on wheels. When he inherits a mine from another well-known con man he assumes that it is false and tries to sell it. His first attempts turns out to be at the Texas’ sheriff convention and he has to escape together with another con man who is disguised as a monk. However, the mine does in fact exist, and the big boss Grant is out for it, though his confrontations with Tedeum usually ends in him losing his pants. Two female con men, the strong Betty and the beautiful Wendy, also get involved. In the end we find Grant, Tedeum, the monk and Tedeum’s father as inmates of Laredo prison – because the mine lies right under it!


In his investigation of narrative structures in Spaghetti Western films, Fridlund describes Sting of the West as one of the most hardcore followers of They Call Me Trinity and Trinity Is Still My Name in its employment of smell and gluttony jokes, con men (and women), (fake) religion and low comedy. [2]


  1. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 88-04-57277-9. 
  2. ^ Fridlund, Bert: The Spaghetti Western. A Thematic Analysis. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company Inc., 2006 pp. 232-45.

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