Friday, August 23, 2019

Voices of the Euro-western ~ “The Wild and the Dirty”

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 “The Wild and the Dirty”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German (F) French, (E) English]

Chip Corman (Andrea Giordana) – (I) Massimo Turci, (G) Thomas Eckelmann
Gilbert Roland – (I) Giuseppe Rinaldi, (G) Arnold Marquis
Horst Frank – (I) Sergio Graziani, (G) Gerd Martienzen
Françoise Prévost – (I) Benita Martini, (G) Agi Prandhoff
Enio Giolami – (I) Luigi Vannucchi, (G) Heinz Petruo
Pedro Sanchez – (I) Sergio Tedesco, (G) Edgar Ott


Benita Martini was born on January 7, 1930, in Acireale, Sicily, Italy. she began working as a voice dubber around the mid-1950s. Among her voiceovers remember particularly that of the queen in the edition of 1972 “Snow White” and the voice of the computer Mother in “Alien” (1979). Two other particularly significant voiceovers were those of Irene Papas, Penelope of the historical drama television ‘The Odyssey’, and Louise Fletcher, the cynical nurse of “Someone Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”. She has also made some acting appearances on television and some works as a dubbing director.

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