Friday, June 4, 2021

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Thompson 1880”

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 “Thompson 1880”

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

'Ray' Raymond Alec Thompson – George Martin (I) Ugo Pagliai (S) Macías Dionisio, (G) Rainer Brandt

Sheila O’Connor – Gia Sandri (I) Ganriella Genta (S) María Luisa Solá, (G) ?

Judge Lennox – José Bódalo (I) Roberto Bertea, (S) José Maria Santos, (G) Konrad Wagner

Jameson Brady – Paul Muller (I) Luciano Melani, (S) Alfonso Santigosa, (G) Gerd Martienzen

Glenn Shepard - Gordon Mitchell (I) ?, (S) Antonio Iranzo, (G) Joachim Kemmer

Pancho – Pedro Sanchez (I) Vinicio Sofia, (S) Antonio Fernández Sánchez, (G) ?









Ugo Pagliai  (1937 -     )

Ugo Pagliai was born November 13, 1937 in Pistoia, Italy. In 1958, Pagliai enrolled at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica, and started his career on stage in the early 1960s. He became first known in 1969, thanks to the Giuseppe Fina's critically acclaimed stage play, “Ross”. In 1971, he had a major success as the lead actor of the Daniele D'Anza's miniseries, “Il segno del comando”, and then appeared in a number of other successful RAI TV-series, often directed by D'Anza. He is mainly active onstage, often with his wife, Paola Gassman, the daughter of actors Vittorio Gassman and Nora Ricci. In 1988, Pagliai received a Flaiano Prize for his career.

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