Il fanciullo del West

Il fanciullo del West (English: The Boy of the West ) is a 1943 Italian comedy film directed by Giorgio Ferroni and starring Erminio Macario. It is named after Puccini's opera La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West ) and is considered the first western parody in Italian cinema[1] and the precursor of the spaghetti western genre.[2][3]

Il fanciullo del West
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byGiorgio Ferroni
Produced byMario Borghi
Written byLeo Bomba
Gian Paolo Callegari
Vittorio Metz
Giorgio Ferroni
Silvano Castellani
Vincenzo Rovi
Vincenzo Talarico
StarringErminio Macario
Music byAmedeo Escobar
CinematographySergio Pesce
Edited byVittorio Solito
Distributed byScalera Films
Release date
  • 25 February 1943 (1943-02-25)
Running time
85 minutes


In an imaginary country of the old west two main local families are in constant rivalry. Lolita del Fuego, courted by the head of a band of brigands, is instead in love with the scion of the rival family, Mac Carey who, through clashes, ambushes and shootings, manages to thwart the gang and to marry the girl, reconciling the two rival families.



The film was released in Italy on February 25, 1943[4]


  1. Patrick Robertson; Stefano Grossi. I record del cinema. Enciclopedia dei fatti, delle curiosit√† e dei primati del cinema mondiale, dall'epoca del muto ad oggi (in Italian). Gremese, 2004, p. 100. ISBN 9788884402738.
  2. Mary Ellen Higgins; Rita Keresztesi; Dayna Oscherwitz. The Western in the Global South. Routledge, 2015. ISBN 9781317551065.
  3. Gino Moliterno. Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2008, p. 339. ISBN 9780810862548.
  4. "Macario Il fanciullo del West - Oggi la prima" (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-10-01.

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