Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Don’t Wait Django… Shoot!”

 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 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 - “Don’t Wait Django… Shoot!”

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

Django Foster – Sean Todd (I) ?, (G) Rainer Brandt

Barrica – Pedro Sanchez (I) ?, (G) Martin Hirthe

Mary Foster – Rada Rassimov (I) ?, (G) Renate Küster

Don Alvarez – Gino Buzzanca (I) Gino Buzzanca, (G) Konrad Wagner

Undertaker – Franco Pesce (I) Franco Pesce, (G) Knut Hartwig








Konrad Wagner  (1902 – 1974)

Konrad Wagner was born in Cologne, Germany on October 21, 1902. Like his brother, actor Paul Wagner [1899-1970], he learned drama from Saladin Schmitt’s classes in Bochum. Between 1935 and 1941 he acted at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, and since 1941 in Berlin, working mainly at the Hebbel Theater, at the Schiller Theater (among other works, in 1953 he acted in the staging carried out by Rufolf Noelte from Albert Camus’s piece “The State of Siege” and the Renaissance-Theater. He was also a film actor, participating in films such as “Der 20. Juli”, “Ein Mädchen aus Flandern and “Der eiserne Gustav.

He was very active as a television director and also in the field of dubbing, being responsible for the German version of more than 100 films (including “Carrmen Jones”, “the Seven Year Itch’ and “Borsaliino”.

In addition, thanks to his personal voice, he was also a voice actor , working with actors such as Fredric March, Keenan Wynn, Edward G. RobinsonWalter HustonErnest BorgnineRay Milland and Sidney Blackmer.

Konrad Wagner passed away on September 7, 1974 in BerlinGermany .

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