Friday, February 21, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “Two Pistols and a Coward”

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 “Two Pistols and a Coward”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Roy Kerry - Anthony Steffen (I) Pino Locchi, (S) ?, (G) ?, (F) ?
Coleman – Richard Wyler (I) Luigi Vannucchi, (S) ?, (G) ?, (F) ?
Maggie – Liz Barrett (I) Melina Martello, (S) ?, (G) ?, (F) ?
Roy Elroy – Ken Wood (I) Luciano De Ambrosis, (S) ?, (G) ?, (F) ?
Dora – Gia Sandri (I) Rosetta Calavetta, (S) ?, (G) ?, (F) ?

Melina Martello  (1941 -    )

Italian dubbing actress Melina Martello was born Maria Angela Amelia Martello on April 16, 1941. Granddaughter of actors and voice actors Vittoria Martello [1923-2016] and Mario Feliciani [1918-2008], sister of the dialogist Vittorio Martello. She’s been a voice actress and dubber since the late 1960s. She’s the Italian voice of Diane Keaton, Kathleen Turner among many more. Other actresses she’s dubbed are Mia Farrow, Catherine Deneuve, Angie Dickinson, Glenn Close, Candice Bergen, Elizabeth Montgomery, Cybill Shepherd, Catherine Hicks and many cartoon voices for such films as “The Aristocrats”, “Cinderella”, “Snow White”. She’s also been dubbing director and is an exclusive partner with CVS as and actress and dubbing director. She’s won the ‘Golden Lectern’ award for best female interpretation of the year for dubbing Diane Keaton in “Anything Can Happen – Something’s Gotta Give”. She is the niece of actor Mario Feliciani [1918-2008] and the grandmother of La Martello. Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubbing Grand Gala Romics in 2011.

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