Friday, March 25, 2022

Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “Bang Bang Kid”

 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 – “Bang Bang Kid”

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

Bear Bullock – Guy Madison (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Ángel María Baltanás

Meriweather P. Newberry – Tom Bosley (I) Carlo Romano, (S) Joaquín Vidriales

Kossok – Riccardo Garrone (I) ?, (S) Francisco Sánchez

Gwenda Skaggel – Milo Sandra (I) ?, (S) Mari Ángeles Herranz

Dyanik Zurakowska – Betsy Skaggel (I) ?, (S) Ana María Saizar










Joaquín Vidriales  (? - ?)

The late Joaquin Vidriales was an actor and voice dubber. He had a great medium voice, very elegant and extraordinary diction. He was the familiar Spanish voice of Jorge Rigaud, Bernard Lee or if you prefer "M" from the 007 films, Barta Barri and Edward Everett Horton, among others. He was the voice of Steve McQueen in the unforgettable movie “The Great Escape”.

A magnificent character actor. His was Heidi's grandpa's voice in Spanish (Japanese animated feature).

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