Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Cry of Death”

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 “Cry of Death”

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

Marshal Grant/Marshal Clem Harrison – Glenn Saxson (I) Riccardo Cucciolla, (S) Juan Miguel Cuesta, (G) Arnim André

Donkey/Morgan Pirr – Gordon Mitchell (I) Sergio Rossi, (S) Antonio Iranzo, (G) Alexander Allerson

Deputy Norton 'Mezzobraccio' Carradine - Philippe Hersent (I) Antonio Guidi (S) Luis Maria Lasala, (G) ?

Alan Adams – Nello Pazzafini (I) Renato Mori, (S) Pablo Jiménez, (G) Herbert Weicker,

Kati Simpson - Mavi Bardanzellu (I) Mirella Pace, (S) María Julia Díaz, (G) ?









Riccardo Cucciolla  (1924 – 1999)

Riccardo Cucciolla was born in Bari, Italy on September 5, 1924. Cucciolla gained a degree in law, then made his stage debut in an amateur production in his home city. In 1946, he started working in radio as a voice actor and as the narrator of documentaries; at the same time, he started working in the cinema, as a dubber and a voice actor.

Cucciolla made his film debut in 1953, in Anton Giulio Majano's “Good Folk's Sunday”. After some minor roles, he had his first important role in “Italiani brava gente” (1965), followed by a further significant role in Giuliano Montaldo's “Grand Slam” (1967).

Cucciolla came to national and international recognition with the leading role in Montaldo's “Sacco e Vanzetti”, for which he was awarded best actor at Cannes and won a Silver Ribbon. In the wake of that sudden popularity, he intensively worked throughout the decade, alternating notable films with others of more modest quality and ambition. Starting in the eighties he thinned out his appearances, mainly focusing on dubbing and television roles. As a dubber, he provided voice-overs for Roger Moore, Claudio Villa, Erland Josephson, John Cazale, Jonathan Pryce, Richard Egan, James Caan, Robert Duvall and more.

On September 17, 1999, Cucciolla died in Rome at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, the poet Alida Sessa; their son Riccardo; and two children by his first wife, Francesco and Lietta.

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