THE BANDIT OF ZHOBE is an American western in every sense of the word. It has the jut-jawed hero (Mature), the sweet young thing (Aubrey), and the dumb comic relief that embarrasses viewers (Newley). Yes, it's a true western except that it all takes place in Inja (never India). The story by
Richard Maibaum (who was still working for Broccoli in the mid-1980s, doing James Bond screenplays) has Mature as an Indian leader whose family as been wiped out by the British. Truth is, it wasn't the British at all but a rival group of Indians wearing British red coats. By the time the picture
is over, the misunderstanding is rectified and everyone shakes hands. Mature (who go...