Skip to comments.Italian Actress Elsa Martinelli, Who Famously Starred in The Indian Fighter, Dead at 82: Reports
Posted on 07/09/2017 10:25:57 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
Italian actress Elsa Martinelli, known to U.S. audiences for her breakout role in 1955s The Indian Fighter opposite Kirk Douglas, died Saturday in Rome at the age of 82, according to Italian media.
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While she was in a number of good movies, my favorite movie that she was in was the John Wayne picture from 1962, "Hatari".
I never miss a chance to watch that film when I see it on. I think my brother and I after that film wanted to move to Kenya and capture wild animals for a living.
It was the first movie I saw Elsa in and I tell you as a 7 year old kid I fell in love with her. What a beautiful, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and gorgeous woman she was. So thanks Elsa for all those wonderful hours of entertainment and God Speed.
Son of a gun, I watched Hatari! just last night. Two hours and 37 minutes of exciting animal capture scenes and John Wayne, Hardy Kruger, Elsa Marinelli, Gerard Blain, Bruce Cabot, Michele Girardon, Red Buttons, et. al. smoking & drinking. I was/am hopelessly in love with Miss Martinelli.
Yes, an exquisite redhead.
Factoid: Hatari! was filmed in Tanganika (now mostly Tanzania), including at the ranch Hardy Kruger owned from 1960-72. Mr. Kruger is 89 and still with us.
Yes, love Hatari and she’s excellent with Charlton Heston in The Pigeon who took Rome as well. Charlton Heston in a comedy. She was great. RIP Elsa Martinelli.
Kirk Douglas is still with us, too. Just purring along going on 101.
Yeah I was 11 when I saw Hatari. Elsa was a great way to jump start a boy’s pubescent thinking patterns!
Watched it recently, I almost felt out of breath watching the constant chain smoking they all did. Still fashionable in 1962.
“Elsa was a great way to jump start a boys pubescent thinking patterns!”
Especially in Hatari when she leaped barelegged over a fence clutching pants she had not yet put on. Her driver was unable to tear his eyes away & nearly wrecked.
She is missed; those times of youth are missed. Godspeed, Elsa.
Back then, I’d gladly wrestle her and yell ‘WHOOOHHOOHHOO’ for the whole hour.
Also if you are into JEEPS.
There is something about a woman who smoked like that LOL.
Great picture, thanks.
That was a really fun movie, and Ms. Martinelli was beautiful and graceful, even in early-60s outfits.
Yeah all the old movies of a certain age, there was a lot of smoking and drinking. In “Hatari” they all look like they are having a great time. I think I read that everyone on the set did have a lot of fun on that picture.
A few years back I worked at Walmart and ran, among other departments, the electronics department. We had strung together a lot of TV’s, different screen sizes, and had a DVD player jacked in and had been showing the fare we had. Well one Saturday I brought my DVD copy of “Hatari” in and played it. It was amazing, all these little kids were watching the movie as they had never seen a picture like that and a lot adults were watching to. It was great see that a fine picture like that can still find an audience today.
There are and were some women in the movies that could light and hold a cigarette just right and it looked cool and sexy.
Whether you looked cool and sexy or trashy and dumpy, it was just as bad for you.
Yes that is true.
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