FRONTIERADO: THE BAD, THE WEIRD AND THE FREAKY – JEWISH GAUCHOS (1975)

Frontierado is fast approaching but before I switch over to looking at high-quality westerns I still have some oddities to examine. For this go-round it’s the movie Jewish Gauchos based on the 1910 novel by Alberto Gerchunoff. The film deals with the musical adventures of a group of Jewish immigrants from Russia working as gauchos (Argentine cowboys) in Argentina in the very early 1900s.

This film plus a few westerns filmed in Israel but set in the American frontier make up the very, very unusual subgenre called  Matzoh Westerns (as I’m sure you’ve guessed, those are the Jewish version of the Italian Spaghetti Westerns). Outside of the bizarre subgenre of amputee kung fu movies from Hong Kong, Matzoh Westerns are my favorite cul de sac in the weirdass movie neighborhood.

The movie is sort of like Fiddler On The Roof meets Oklahoma and isn’t really bad, just odd, like a movie about French Cowboys in western Canada would be. Elevating the fun factor is the fact that the movie posters honest-to-God say “Tsuris on the pampas!” and “Horas on horseback!” making you wonder why “Meshuginah mavericks!” wasn’t also on them.

If only Die Hard‘s John McClane had been a fan of Matzoh Westerns instead of Roy Rogers flicks the famous saying from that movie could have been “Oy vey, mo********er!”  

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16 Comments

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16 responses to “FRONTIERADO: THE BAD, THE WEIRD AND THE FREAKY – JEWISH GAUCHOS (1975)

  1. You are truly fascinating to find stuff like this. I’ve never heard of Matzoh Westerns before your post. Meshuginah Mavericks is funny!

  2. Rose

    This is unreal. I guess it’s true…you learn something new every day!

    All I can say is MORE MORE.

  3. midaevalmaiden

    My mind is reeling from the blow of this new bid of fact. Then again, it shouldnt surprise me. wow.

  4. Woman

    “The movie is sort of like Fiddler On The Roof meets Oklahoma and isn’t really bad” LOL!!!!!!!!!

    That is an amazing line right there!!!!

  5. Ha! Well, you know what I mean.

  6. I wouldn’t mind watching that…As you would expect, I quite like horas 😛

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  8. DragonWarrior

    Awesome post, dude! u need to get ur own utube channel.

    • Thank you. I guess Youtube wouldn’t be a bad idea for the public domain ones. I don’t feel like playing the tiring game of “Copyright violation peekaboo” that so many other Youtubers play.

  9. Kali Shaheen

    You find such enjoyable and weird movies! Would love to watch some with you!

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