Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Voices of the Spaghetti Western – “Colorado Charlie”

 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 “Colorado Charlie”

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

Sheriff 'Wild Bill' Danders - Jacques Berthier (I) Emilio Cigoli

Colorado Charlie – Livio Lorenzon (I) Reanto Turi

Nora Danders - Brunella Bovo (I) Vittoria Febbi

Jimmy – Andrea Aureli (I) Manlio Busoni

Tom Drasler - Louis Ciavarro (I) Gianni Bonagura

Sam - Alfredo Rizzo (I) Bruno Persa


Manlio Busoni  (1907 – 1979)

Manlio Busoni was born on June 24, 1907, in Empoli, Italy. He made his debut in cinema as an actor in 1946, playing the role of the police inspector in “La primula bianca” directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia and continuing this activity until the early seventies.

At the beginning of the 1940s he joined the Company of the Teatro di Prosa of Radio Roma of EIAR and later of the Company of the Comedy Theatre of Radio Roma of Rai, performing as a radio actor until the end of the 1960s. Busoni also starred in many television dramas.

Manlio is known for voicing Frank Ferguson, John Hoyt, Morris Ankrum, Arthur O'Connell, Philip Ober, Kent Smith, Douglas Spencer, E.G. Marshall, Alan Mowbray, Edmond O'Brien, Rex Ingram, Lee Van Cleef, Peter van Eyck, John Williams, Ray Collins, Hume Cronyn, among others. Edward Platt, Vaughn Taylor, Michael Pate, Slim Pickens, Tom Helmore, George Kennedy, Douglas Kennedy, Whit Bissell and Ralph Bellamy.

He also voiced the characters of Akela in “The Jungle Book” (1967) and Grumble in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1972 edition) for Disney animated films. He also voiced George

His daughter Vanna Busoni is also an actress and voice actress.

Manlio died March 19, 1979, in Rome.

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