Thursday, November 10, 2022

Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “The Treasure of Silver Lake”

 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 Treasure of Silver Lake”

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

Old Shatterhand – Lex Barker (E) Lex Barker, (S) Juan Miguel Cuesta, (G) Horst Niendorf, (F) Michel Gatineau,

Winnetou – Pierre Brice (S) José Luis Angulo, (G) Herbert Stass, (F) Michel Roux,

Fred Engel - Götz George (S) Fernando De Luis, (G) Götz George, (F) Jean Claudio,

Colonel Brinkley – Herbert Lom (S) Carlos Revilla, (G) Herbert Lom, (F) William Sabatier,

Ellen Patterson – Karin Dor (S) Marta García, (G) Karin Dor. (F) Michèle Montel,

Sam Hawkens - Ralf Wolter (S) Paco Hernández., (G) Ralf Wolter, (F) ?

Juan Miguel Cuesta  (193? – 2011)

Juan Miguel Cuesta was born in Spain sometime in the 1930s. He was a great actor with one of the best and most beautiful voices of Spanish dubbing with an extraordinary very serious voice of the most romantic and seductive kind, for his warmth and charm. Cuesta also lent his voice to Michael Caine as "Alfred Pennyworth" in Christopher Nolan's trilogy and in the famous "Origin." He was the usual Spanish voice of Donald Sutherland, Ian Mckellen, and Michael Caine, as I mentioned above. Juan has also played Sonny Corleone (movie and series), Mandible or Epi in Sesame Street, among many other characters. He died sometime in 2011.

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