Saturday, January 11, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Seven Dollars to Kill”

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 “Seven Dollars to Kill”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German]

Anthony Steffen – (I) Nando Gazzolo, (S) José Martinez Blanco, (G) Gert Günther Hoffmann
Feranando Sancho – (I) Luigi Pavese, (S) Fernando Sancho, (G) Martin Hirthe
Jerry Wilson – (I) Roberto Miali, (S) ?, (G) Christian Brückner
Loredana Nusciak – (I) Rita Savagnone, (S) María Luisa Rubio, (G) Renate Küster
Elisa Montés – (I) Rosetta Calavetta, (S) Elisa Montes, (G) Renate Danz
José Manuel Martín – (I) Sergio Graziani, (S) Benjamín Domingo, (G) Horst Niendorf

José Martinez Blanco [1931 – 1990]

José Martinez Blanco (also known as Pepe Martinez) was born in Spain in 1931. He was a Spanish voice actor whose best remembered for dubbing Ernie on Spanish TVs ‘Abrete Sesamo’ (Sesame Street). He reprised the role in the 1976 ‘Abrete Sesamo’ album. He also dubbed Kermit on El Show de los Teleñecos. He’s done hundreds of film and TV dubbing over the years and was one of Spain’s most recognized voices among which he was the Spanish voice of Bud Spencer. Besides his dubbing he also acted in films and TV sows. José Martinez Blanco died in Madrid, Spain on October 2, 1990.

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