Sunday, January 3, 2021

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Ballad of Death Valley”

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 “Ballad of Death Valley”

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


Lee Callaway/Django – William Berger (I) ?, (S) Rogelio Hernández, (G) Horst Frank

Anthony Douglas – Wayde Preston (I) ?, (S) Arsenio Corsellas, (G) Arnold Marquis

George Douglas – Aldo Berti (I) Aldo Berti, (S) Miguel Ángel Valivieso, (G) Tommi Piper

Slim Douglas – Carlo Giordana (I) Carlo Giordana, (S) Manuel Cano, (G)

Peter Douglas – Franco De Rosa (I) Franco De Rosa, (S)

Paco – Luciano Pigozzi (I) Lucinao Pigozzi, (S) Miguel Alonso, (G) Alois-Maria Giani

Esther – Pamela Tudor (I) ?, (S) Rosario Cavallé, (G) Ruth-Maria Kubitschek








Arsenio Corsellas (1933 – 2019)

Arsenio Corsellas was born in Figueres, Girona, Spain on September 17, 1933. He began working at Radio Juventud de Barcelona in the 1950s and later went on to RNE. As a public broadcaster he had his first contact with the interpretation of the program Invisible Theater. Soon he would begin his career in the world of dubbing in which in addition to acting he has also been a director.

The actor was also one of the first actors when TV3 began its broadcasts, and that was when its dubbing of actor Larry Hagman became popular in the role of JR in the television series Dallas. Corsellas also acted in a couple of films: Self Love by Mario Camus in 1994 and The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant by Paco Mir in 2003.

The Catalan actor worked on more than a thousand films throughout a 60-year career. He dubbed suc actors as Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Nick Nolte, Kirk Douglas, Robert Shaw, Charlton Heston, Donald Sutherland, Richard Burton and Rock Hudson.

Arsenio Corsellas  died on November 17, 2019 in Madrid at the age of 86


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