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 Call of the Wild”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]
John Thornton – Charlton Heston (S) José Guardiola, (G) Helmo Kindermann, (F) Rymond Loyer
Calliope Lauret – Michelle Mercier (S) Maria Del Puy, (G) Brigitte Grothum, (F) Mivhelle Mercier)
Pete – Raimund Harmstorf (S) Antolin García, (G) Raimund Harmstorf, (F) Francis Lax
Black Burton – George Eastman (S) Luis Carrillo, (G) Michael Chevalier, (F) ?
Mercedes – Maria Rohm (S) Celia Honrubia, (G) Evelyn Gressmann, (F) ?
Seze - Juan Luis Galiardo (S) Juan Luis Galiardo, (G) Joachim Kemmer, (F) Serge Lhorca
Taglish Charlie - Sancho Garcia (S) Julio Núñez (G) Joachim Nottke, (F) ?
Helmo Kindermann (1924 – 2003)
Helmo Kindermann was born on March 30, 1924, in Munster, Germany. The son of a merchant marine captain he participated in WWII and was captured by the British. After the end of the war he lived in Egypt for a while, where he worked, among other things, as a ship agent and receptionist. At the beginning of the 1950s he settled in Italy, where he made his first films and was also a voice actor. In 1955 he returned to Germany and played theater in Munich, Bad Hersfeld, Basel and Stuttgart. In 1957 he acted disguised as a wolf in a film adaptation of the fairy tale “The Wolf and the Seven Goats”. He was offered better offers in international film production, for example in the classic war film “The Longest Day”.
He was regularly cast for roles as German officers, but he categorically rejected film roles of this kind starting in 1963. Kindermann then advanced to become an important voice actor. He was the German voice of Charlton Heston several times and occasionally that of William Holden, Stewart Granger, Michel Piccoli, Robert Hossein and Marshall Thompson in the TV series ‘Daktatri’. Helmo was also heard as a radio speaker and spoke the leading role of Perry Rhodan in the first Perry Rhodan radio play series of the radio play label Europe in 1973.
Kindermann lived with his wife Alice in Ratzeburg. After retiring from acting, Kindermann moved to Lake Como, Italy, where he spent his old age and where he died on January 22, 2003.