Thursday, June 20, 2019

Voices of the Euro-western ~ Duck You Sucker

As we know most of the Euro-westerns were co-productions from Italy, Spain, Germany and France which incorporated British and American actors to gain a worldwide audience. The films were shot silent and then dubbed into the various languages where they were sold for distribution. That means Italian, Spanish, German, French and English voice actors were hired to dub the films. Even actors from the countries where the film was to be shown were often dubbed by voice actors for various reasons such as the actors were already busy making another film, they wanted to paid additional salaries for dubbing their voices, the actor’s voice didn’t fit the character they were playing, accidents to the actors and in some cases even death before the film could be dubbed.

I’ll list a Euro-western and the (I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German and (F) French, (E) English voices that I can find and once in a while a bio on a specific voice actor as in Europe these actors are as well-known as the actors they voiced.

Today we’ll cover “Giu la Teta” (Duck You Sucker) (1971)
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German (F) French, (E) English]

Rod Steiger (I) Carlo Romano, (S) Joaquin Diaz, (G) Martin Hirthe, (F) André Valmy, (E) Rod Steiger/Will Jordan
James Coburn (I) Giuseppe Rinaldi, (S) Jose Luis Sansalvdor, (G) Horst Niendorf, (F) Jean-Pierre Duclos, (E) James Coburn
Romolo Valli (I) Romolo Valli, (S) Felipe Pena, (G) Herbert Weicker, (F) : Yves Brainville, (E) ?
Maria Monti (I) Anna Miserocchi, (S) Elsa Fabregas, (G) Tilly Lauenstein, (F) Julia Dancourt, (E) ?
Franco Graziosi (I) ?, (S) Pepe Mediavilla, (G) Peter Schiff, (F) Jacques Thébault, (E) ?
Rik Battaglia (I) Pino Locchi, (S) ?, (G) Edgar Ott, (F) René Arrieu, (E) ?

CARLO ROMANO [1908 - 1975 ]

Carlo Romano was born in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy on May 8, 1908, the son of actress Dina Romano and the younger brother of actor Felice Romano. Romano started his acting career on stage in 1927. During World War II, he committed himself to starring mainly in revues and while still remaining active in cinema, theatre, radio and television. In 1939, Romano began his radio acting career. He appeared in 94 films between 1934 and 1975 and also wrote for 14 films between 1955 and 1975. Among his most popular films include “Four Steps in the Clouds” and he also portrayed composer Ruggero Leoncavallo in the film “I pagliacci”.

Romano was also a famous voice actor, most notably the Italian voice of Don Camillo (played by French actor Fernandel) and he was the official Italian voice of Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope and Lou Costello. Other actors he dubbed included Louis de Funès, Jack Oakie, Edward Andrews, Fred Astaire, James Cagney, Peter Lorre, Ernest Borgnine, Peter Ustinov, Eli Wallach, Rod Steiger and Lloyd Corrigan. He also teamed up with Lauro Gazzolo in the Italian dubbing of the Abbott and Costello sketches. In his animated film roles, Romano voiced several characters in the Italian dubs of Disney films. These include Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood.

Through his marriage to actress Jone Romano (Jone Borgheri) [1898-1979] he was the stepfather of actor Aleardo Ward [1915-1971] and the step-grandfather of voice actors Luca Ward [1960- ], Andrea Ward [1963-  ] and Monica Ward [1965- ]. He also had five children with his marriage to Jone; Luciana Romano, Rossella Romano, Serena Romano, Dina Romano, Giancarlo Romano

Carlo Romano died in Rome on October 16, 1975, at the age of 67.

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