Thursday, September 10, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Death Rides a Horse”

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 “Death Rides a Horse”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Ryan - Lee Van Cleef (I) Emilio Cigoli, (S) Francisco Sánchez, (G) Heinz Petruo, (F) Georges Atlas
Bill Meceita - John Phillip Law (I) Luciano Melani, (S) Simón Ramírez, (G) Randolf Kronberg, (F) Jacques Deschamps
Walcott - Luigi Pistilli (I) Gigi Proietti, (S) Ángel María Baltanás, (G) Gert Günther Hoffmann
Bert ‘4 Aces’ Cavanaugh/Manina - Anthony Dawson (I) ?, (S) Joaquín Vidriales, (G) Klaus Miedel, (F) Jacques Berthier
Pedro - José Torres (I) ?, (S) Jesús Nieto, (G) Hans-Dieter Zeidler
One-Eye - Mario Brega (I) ?, (S) Ángel Ter, (G) Arnold Marquis, (F) Claude Bertrand


EMILIO CIGOLI  (1909 – 1980)

Emilio Cardi Cigoli was born in Livorno, Italy on November 18, 1909 where his grandfather worked as a silent film actor. He began his career on stage at the age of 18 under the guidance of Alfredo De Sanctis and later did work for the EIAR. Cigoli appeared in over 41 films and 20 television shows between 1935 and 1980, mostly in supporting roles. One of his major appearances was in the 1943 film The Children Are Watching Us as well as the 1950 film Sunday in August. Between 1943 and 1945, he worked in Spain with several colleagues to star in two Spanish-Italian films.

Cigoli found great success as a voice dubber, eventually doing voice work for over seven thousand films. He was the Italian voice of nearly every major Hollywood star from the 1940s through the 1960s, including Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, William Holden, Charlton Heston, Burt Lancaster, Steve Reeves, Vincent Price, Lee Van Cleef and Orson Welles. He also dubbed some Italian actors such as Andrea Checchi, Mino Doro, Alberto Farnese, Massimo Serato and Vittorio Gassman. Cigoli has dubbed the voice of the narrator in several documentaries, films and animated productions such as Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone and The Three Caballeros.
Cigoli married twice and had two children from his first marriage. He died in Rome on November 7, 1980 just 11 days before his 71st birthday.

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