In The Godfather, why is Moe Greene's line "I talked to Barzini" given in such as strange voice?

I heard it was dubbed but why would it be?

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    Where did you hear it was dubbed? There's a kind of dubbing called "looping" just to replace dialogue from the same actor where the recorded sound wasn't quite right the first time. - filmsound.org/terminology/adr.htm
    – Paulie_D
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 9:11
  • @Paulie_D in the Youtube description it says "overdub fail". Can you explain a bit more? So out of all the takes the actor said the line so poorly it was worse than this? That's hard to believe. And for such a big budget film they got a different actor to do the voice over?
    – northerner
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 9:16
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    A Youtube comment is not an authoritative source. If you have something more official then that's different but it just sounds to me as though Alex Rocco was using his emphasis voice.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 9:18
  • My guess, is the actor did not prononce "Barzini" correctly, so the had to overdub it, later in a studio. Then they had to morph the word Barzini, and melt it in the actual dialogue, which created some distortion and pitch variation. Commented May 19, 2017 at 9:28
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    To me it seems like a single take of a good performance, in which an actor suggests that the character is "choked up." The character's voice is quavering with emotion.
    – Chaim
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 18:54

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From my brief experience on a set, it could have been something as simple as an off-scene noise that messed up the audio at that moment. But of all the retakes, this one had something more important to the director, so they overdubbed the muffed audio as the lesser of two "evils".

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    Is this speculation, or do you have a source for this explanation?
    – Gnemlock
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 0:32
  • As I said, I had a brief experience on the set of a movie ("The Candidate", with Robert Redford, as an extra) and observed this happening. They shot a particular scene maybe a dozen times for a variety of reasons, mostly because there was some particular "look" that the director was after. In one shoot, the director cried out about how "perfect" it was (for whatever he was looking for) but the sound man came back and said there was a noise on the audio track. The director told the audio guy that they were going to use it, and he can dub in the audio from another shoot.
    – JRaef
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 18:29
  • I appreciate your experience, but without source that this was what harmed in Godfather, this becomes pure speculation that that is what they did, based off the reasoning in another movie.
    – Gnemlock
    Commented May 9, 2018 at 1:10

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