Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “The Price of Power”

 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 be 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 Price of Power”

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

Bill Willer – Giuliano Gemma (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Félix Acaso, (G) Klaus Kindler

Arthur McDonald – Warren Vanders (I) Sergio Graziani, (S) Francisco Valladares, (G) Christian Marschall

Jack Donavan – Ray Saunders (I) Ferruccio Amendola, (S) Julio Núñez, (G) Arnold Marquis

President James Garfield – Van Johnson (I) Sergio Fantoni, (S) José María Cordero, (G) Günther Jerschke

Pinkerton – Fernando Rey (I) Renato Turi, (S) Fernando Rey, (G) Alf Marholm








Christian Marschall  (1925 – 1999)

Christian Marschall was born on February 15, 1925. He was a German voice actor who was part of Eberhard Storeck's dubbing stock company. His career started sometime before 1960. From around 1954 he was also used more often for heroes (including Don Taylor, James Garner) for around ten years, for which he lacked the necessary ease. Later he was only heard sporadically in such roles. His specialties were mysterious characters, neurotics, loners, people with manias and megalomania or various quirks. He mastered this congenially in both the serious and the comic profession. He was a frequent German voice of such dignified actors as Christopher Lee (Scars of Dracula and Return of the Musketeers) and Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. For TV, he dubbed William Schallert and other guests on Star Trek and several of the "Number 2" actors on The Prisoner. Marschall died on November 1, 1999.


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