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 Sky Full of Stars for a Roof”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]
Billy Boy / Tim Hawkens – Giuliano Gemma (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Gabriel Jiménez, (G) Erik Schumann, (F) Michel Le Royer
Harry – Mario Adorf (I) Aldo Giuffrè, (S) Ruperto Ares, (G) Mario Adorf, (F) Jacques Dynam
Dorothy McDonald – Magda Konopka (I) Rita Savagnone, (S) Amparo Valencia, (G) Sylvia Frank
Roger Pratt – Rick Boyd (I) Sergio Tedesco, (S) Miguel Ayones, (G) Erich Ebert, (F) Jacques Torrens
Samuel Pratt – Anthony Dawson (I) Bruno Persa, (S) Juan Lombardero, (G) Ernst Konstantin, (F) Jacques Beauchey
Erik Schumann (1925 – 2007)
Erik Schumann was born in Grechwitz, Germany on February 15, 1925. He was a German actor and voice dubber. He appeared in 100 films and television shows between 1942 and 1997. He was most successful during the 1950s and 1960s, when he played leading roles in several German films. He starred in the 1964 film “Time of the Innocent”, which was entered into the 14th Berlin International Film Festival. Schumann also worked as a stage and dubbing-voice actor in German synchronisations. Among his dubbing roles were Tony Curtis in “Some Like It Hot”, Cary Grant in “Bringing Up Baby” and Jack Nicholson in “Prizzi's Honor”. He also performed the German voice of Stinky Pete in Pixar's third feature film “Toy Story 2”, originally performed by Kelsey Grammer. Erik Schumann died in Straßlach, Munich, Germany on February 9, 2007.