Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Juanito”

 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 “Juanito”

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

Juanito – Pablito Calvo (S) Pablito Calvo

Paddy – Georg Thomalla (S) Víctor Ramírez

Carmencita – Sabine Bethmann (S) Celia Honrubia

Tom – Hans Von Borsody (S) Francisco Arenzana

Luisa – Pilar Cansino (S) Pilar Cansino

Pedrillo - Ángel Ortiz (S) Ángel Ortiz

Francisco Arenzana  (1918 – 1996)

Francisco Arenzana was born in Madrid on April 1, 1918. He was a Spanish actor who made more than 20 films in almost always secondary roles. Where he really stood out was as a voice actor where he had a much more considerable career. He was the Spanish voice of Humphrey Bogart in many films and for Kirk Douglas as Paris Pitman Jr. in “There Was a Crooked Man” (1970). Arenzana died sometime in 1996.

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