Friday, February 18, 2022

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “The White, the Yellow and the Black”

 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 White, the Yellow and the Black”

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


Blanc de Blanc/Stetson – Giuliano Gemma (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Rogelio Hernández, (G) Thomas Danneberg, (F) Dominique Paturel

Sakura – Tomas Milian (I) Tomas Milian, (S) Alfonso Santigosa, (G) Heinz Drache, (F) Gérard Hernandez

Sheriff Edward ‘Black Jack’ Gideon – Eli Wallach (I) Stefano Sibaldi, (S) Joaquín Díaz, (G) Martin Hirthe, (F) André Valmy

Major Donovan – Manuel de Blas (I) Sergio Graziani, (S) Manuel de Blas, (G) Michael Chevalier, (F) Gérard Dessalles









Heinz Drache  (1923 – 2002)

Heinz Drache was born Essen, Germany on February 9, 1923. Drache was a German theater. Film and voice actor who appeared in more than 40 films between 1953 and 2002. His chief claim to fame lies in being the most in-vogue screen cop of post-war German cinema. He started acting on stage as an extra in his senior year at high school. Though intended for flight training in the Luftwaffe, he was excused from active military service and permitted to continue his theatrical training in Berlin. His chief claim to fame lies in being the most in-vogue screen cop of post-war German cinema. He first established his reputation in the role of the charismatic Inspector Yates in Francis Durbridge's miniseries ‘Das Halstuch’ (1962), which hit an impressive eighty percent in TV ratings. After his TV appearances he returned to the stage until 1970 when

he returned somewhat reluctantly in familiar guise as the elegant, pin-stripe suited Kriminalhauptkommissar Hans Georg Bülow in TV's top crime-time series Tatort (1970). However, the era for anachronistic gentlemen sleuths had passed and a mixed critical reception prompted Drache to quit the show after just six episodes. After that, he quietly faded from the spotlight and died in Berlin on April 3, 2002 at the age of 79.

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