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 “The Man of the Cursed Valley”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]
Johnny Walscott – Ty Hardin (I) Sergio Tedesco, (I) Félix Acaso
Gwen – Iran Eory (I) Fiorella Betti, (S) ?
Torito – Piero Leri (I) Cesare Barbetti, (S) Juan Logar
Sam Burnett – José Nieto (I) Giorgio Capecchi, (S) Salvador Arias
Padre Ryan – John Bartha (I) Carlo Romano, (S) Claudio Rodríguez
FIORELLA BETTI (1927 - 2001)
Fiorella Betti was born Petti Delia in Rome, Italy on April 18, 1927, she was an actress and voice dubber who appeared in films after World War II from 1949-1978. It was as a film actress though that she first learned her trade. She debuted aged thirteen in a supporting role in “Captain Fracassa” (1940) and soon graduated to more important and challenging roles such as in “Il campione” (1943). Her last interesting role in front of the camera in “Lost in the Dark” (1947) as a young girl brutalized by a crook and loved by a blind violinist played by the great Vittorio De Sica. Betti failed to transition to adult roles and decided to lend her beautiful voice to foreign actresses in the Italian post-synchronized version of American, British and French films. She was the official Italian voice of Elizabeth Taylor in the fifties as well as Jean Simmons, Grace Kelly and Natalie Wood. She died in Rome on November 2, 2001.