Thursday, November 19, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Take a Hard Ride”

 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 “Take a Hard Ride”

[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]


Pike – Jim Brown (S) José Luis Sansalvador, (G) Edgar Ott, (F) Jacques Degor

Kiefer – Lee Van Cleef (S) Felipe Peña, (G) Heinz Petruo, (F) Jean-François Laley

Tyree – Fred Williamson (S) Constantino Romero, (G) Norbert Langer, (F) Med Hondo

Catherine – Catherine Spaak (S) María Luisa Solá, (G) Marianne Lutz, (F) Brigitte Morisan

Kane - Barry Sullivan (S) José María Alarcón, (G) Wolfgang Lukschy, (F) ?

Morgan – Dana Andrews (S) Arsenio Corsellas, (G) Hordt Niendorf, (F) Michel Gudin










José Luis Martínez Sansalvador was born in Barcelona, Spain on ​​February 20, 1933 and was better known as José Luis Sansalvador and was an actor, director, and Spanish dubber. He was considered one of the most active and versatile voices from the late 1950s to the mid-1990s.

He specialized in voicing "tough guys" such as Gene Hackman, Robert Mitchum (this was the actor he most identified with), Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson and George Kennedy, among others.

“The French Connection”, “Life Imprisonment”, “Angel Face”, “Night moves”, “In the Name of the Rose” and “The Hunter” were among his favorite films.

José was married to fellow actress Gloria Roig, with whom he had 4 children: Alex, César, Gloria and Xavier, Sansalvador died as a result of a heart attack on March 11, 2006 in Barcelona.


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