Friday, May 6, 2022

Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “A Town Called Hell”

 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 – “A Town Called Hell”

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


Don Carlos – Telly Savalas (E) Telly Savalas, (I) Vittorio Sanipoli, (S) Vicente Bano, (F) Henry Djanik

Priest – Robert Shaw (E) Robert Shaw, (I) Michele Gammino, (S) Antolin Garcia, (F) Michel Gatineau

Alvira – Stella Stevens (E) Stella Stevens (E) ?, (S) Maria Del Puy, (F) Sylvie Deniau

Paco – Michael Craig (E) Michael Craif, (I) Sergio Tedesco, (S) Manolo Garcia, (F) ?

Colonel – Martin Landau Martin Landau, (I) Carlo Aligjhiero, (S) Jose Guardiola, (F) Jacques Degor

La Bomba – Al Lettieri (E) Al Lettieri (I) ?, (S) Luis Carrillo, (F) Roger Lumont









Vittorio Sanipoli  (1915 – 1992)

Vittorio Sanipoli was born Luciano Sanipoli in Genoa, Italy on October, 27, 1915, he made his acting debut in 1939 in the Roman Calò's stage company Society of Mystery Shows. Soon afterwards he was cast in leading roles in dramas, achieving popularity and critical appreciation after World War II for his performances in Detective Story and Anne of the Thousand Days (both represented in 1951) and winning a San Genesio Award in 1957, for his performance in Virginio Puecher's Il Revisore. Sanipoli made his film debut in 1942, starring in two adventure films based on Emilio Salgari's novels, Il figlio del Corsaro Rosso and Gli ultimi filibustieri, under the stage name Vittorio Sanni He continued his film career with dozens of roles, even if mainly consisting of supporting or character roles. While most of his performances were in Italy, he also worked on a number of co-productions with France such as La Reine Margot (1954).

Sanipoli also had an intense career in television, being a quite regular presence in high-profile RAI series and TV movies. He also worked on radio and as a voice actor. He was married to actress Amalia D’Alessio.  

Sanipoli died in Rome on July 25, 1992. He was 76 years old.

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