Usually the b does not pose problems for me understanding Italian. But recently twice I have heard while watching some old movies the word baldracca, and the b sounded both times for me like v. Is this word an exception, or it's me not hearing properly?

Thank you guys for answering my question. I have upped the volume considerably and now I hear the propper b
The movie where I heard first the word was I Marziani Hanno 12 Mani 1964, and the word is pronounced on 1:18:17 and again a second later.

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    I'm not aware of regional varieties of Italian where /b/ is pronounced like [v] (or similar sounds) like in Spanish. On the other hand, our perception of foreign languages often merges unusual heard sounds with ones of our main language.
    – egreg
    Dec 25, 2020 at 10:03
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    One or more specific examples would be quite useful.
    – DaG
    Dec 25, 2020 at 10:42
  • @Charo, thank you for the link to the dictionary i was unaware of. Dec 25, 2020 at 13:04
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    Since we're here... In Italian only the first word of a title (an proper nouns, if any) is written with a capital letter. So, it's I marziani hanno 12 mani.
    – DaG
    Dec 25, 2020 at 17:31
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    I’m voting to close this question because apparently it's not asking anything anymore.
    – DaG
    Dec 26, 2020 at 10:12

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The word "baldracca" isn't an exception. As you can see, according to Dizionario d’ortografia e di pronunzia, its b it's pronounced [b].

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