Sunday, December 5, 2021

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Pistol for Ringo”


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 – “A Pistol for Ringo”

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

Ringo - Guliano Gemma (I) Adalberto Maria Merli, (S) Rogelio Hernández, (G) Christian Wolff, (F) Dominique Paturel

Sancho – Fernando Sancho (I) Vittorio Sanipoli, (S) Fernando Sancho, (G) Fritz Tillmann, (F) Jean Martinelli,

Miss Ruby – Hally Hammond (I) Mirella Pace, (S) Consuelo Vives, (G) ?, (F) Claude Chantel

Dolores – Nieves Navarro (I) Giuliana Lojodice, (S) Enriqueta Linares, (G) Gisela Reißmann, (F) Claire Guibert

Major Clyde – Antonio Casas (I) Nino Del Fabbro, (S) Miguel Alonso, (G) Kurt Mühlhardt, (F) Jacques Beauchey

Sheriff Ben – George Martin (I) Giorgio Piazza, (S) Roberto Martín, (G) Thomas Braut, (F) ?







Adalberto Maria Merli  [1938 -    ]

Adalberto Maria Merli was born in Rome on January 14, 1938. He made himself known for his work in various dramas and television miniseries, including ‘The Black Arrow’, ‘The Sacrament Lands’ , ‘And The Stars Are Watching’, ‘The Impostor’, The Octopus 3’, ‘Maria Montessori - A Life for Children’, ‘Rebecca, the First Wife’. At the cinema he was co-starring with Alain Delon inLa prima notte di quiete”, then protagonist in “La villeggiatura”. The  award-winning “La ragazza con gli stivali rossi”, “Il poliziotto della brigata criminale”, “Le Gang”, “Cento giorni a PalermoGiuseppe Ferrara where in addition to giving the voice to Lino Ventura in the part of the general from the Church, he played the role of a mafioso. He also received the Silver Ribbon in Ettore Scola's La cena” (1998) . He played the coach of the Italian national football team Vittorio Pozzo in the 1989 film “The Color of Victory” directed by Vittorio De Sisti. He frequently works for Rai radio, both in classical prose and in radio originals, starting from the beginning of the 1960s.

As a voice actor he is best known for voicing the likes of Clint Eastwood, in “Million Dollar Baby” (with which he won the 2006 Silver Ribbon for dubbing), Jack Nicholson, in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”, David Carradine in “Kill Bill”, Malcolm McDowell in A” Clockwork Orange” and “The Company”, and Ed Harris in “The Truman Show” (which earned him the 1999 Voices in the Shadows Awardfor "Best Character Voice"), Robert Redford in “Lions for Lambs/ Other voiced actors include Michael Caine , Lino Ventura , Willem Dafoe , Sam Shepard , Billy Bob Thornton , Nick Nolte , James Caan , Anthony Hopkins , Sean Connery , Tommy Lee Jones , Gérard Barray , Michael Douglas and Giuliano Gemma . He has also worked in animated films such as “The Incredibles”, “Monsters & Co.”, “The Emperor's New Groove”, “Cars - Roaring Engines” and “Rango”.

Merli was also a member of the cinema commission. In 2011, during the eighth edition of the Leggio d'oro , he received a career award.


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