Thursday, March 16, 2023

Voices of the Spaghetti Western “Charge of the 7th ”

 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 “Charge of the 7th”

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

Major ‘Sugar’ Patterson - Edmund Purdom (S) Paco Valladares, (G) Peer Schmidt, (E) Tony La Penna 

Major Sam Allison/Sam Shane - Paul Piaget (S) Claudio Rodríguez, (G) Arnold Marquis

Colonel George Bonnet - Eduardo Fajardo (S) José Martínez Blanco, (G) Manfred Schmidt

Amanda - Mónica Randall (S) Matilde F. Vilariño, (G) ?

Nelly Patterson/Bonnet - Priscilla Steele (S) Lola Cervantes, (G) ?

Lieutenant Webb - Isarco Ravaioli (S) Juan Miguel Cuesta, (G)   Andreas Mannkopff

Chief Wild Horse - Rafael Albaicín (S) Carlos Revilla, (G) Martin Hirthe

Colonel Maxfield/Maxfield - Umberto Raho (S) Rafael de Penagos, (G) Friedrich W. Bauschulte

Manfred Schmidt  (1921 – 2008)

Manfred Schmidt was born in Germany on August 30, 1921. He appeared in some roles on television but his occupation was as a voice dubber and he dubbed over 340 different roles in his career and was mainly know as the voice of Q in the James Bond films which he performed nine times. Little to nothing else can be found about him. He died on August 30, 2008.

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