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Re: [ARSCLIST] A Christmas Carol - reissues
I believe Radio Spirits has released the sixty minute radio version of "A Christmas Carol" featuring Lionel Barrymore and narrated by Orson Welles. That dates from about 1939. I think they performed it at this length for a few years before they started doing the shorter version listed below.
"The Oldest Christmas Story" is also available on Prima Voce's "Spirit of Christmas Past." The rest of that CD is mostly 78 era opera singers performing classical Christmas repertoire, but you also get Basil Rathbone reciting "The Night Before Christmas."
I don't have the DG CD, and I can't find my copy of the Ronald Colman 78 album, but the Laughton "Pickwick Papers" was issued on two 12 inch 78s, so that first track must represent some kind of joining of the first two parts, possibly with some abridging.
The Laughton reading from the Pickwick Papers ends before Mr. Wardle tells his Christmas ghost story of "The Goblins Who Stole a Church Sexton" but there's a wonderful reading of it on Caedmon by none other than Boris Karloff!
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>>> rjhodge@xxxxxxx 01/10/06 1:14 PM >>>
Add " The Small One "- Decca 78's set # DA-533 Bing crosby with supporting cast Score by Victor Young
And " The Littest Angel "- Loretta Young with supporting cast- Decca 78's set#DA 399 Story by Charles Tazewell Score by Chas. Paul
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>>> sternth@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 1/10/2006 12:35 PM >>>
This Christmas has seen an abundance of reissues of Dickens' A Christmas
Carol on cd. A list follows.
Anyone know of others? and a few questions about these issues, plus I
would appreciate discographical details.
Best wishes, Thomas.
St.Clair NRX34852 Norman Rockwell A Festival of Carols
(reissues the 1942 Columbia 78's with Basil Rathbone.
Also includes 13 Christmas songs sung by Nelson Eddy with Paul
Weston's Orchestra & Chorus)
Deutsche Gramophon 00289 477 5742 Charles Dickens Classics
A Christmas Carol - Ronald Colman (sic) rec. 17 September 1941
(4'34" 3'05" 2'59" 5'55" 5'58"_
Mr Pickwick's Christmas - Charles Laughton, music composed and
conducted by HANNS EISLER (5 Sept 1944)
(7'10" 4'47" 5'17")
in a previous mention of this cd, someone suggested that it might be
taken from an abridged later reissue. Can anyone confirm
if this contains the complete productions??. (the playing times given
are from the cd notes)
has DG done any other reissues like this??
Direct Source XMS 91082 A Christmas Carol & Other Christmas Tales
A Christmas Carol - Lionel Barrymore with Richard Hale and cast 1947
The Oldest Christmas Story - Charles Laughton with The Hanns Eisler
Orchestra 1944 (3'11")
The Happy Prince - Orson Welles & Bing Crosby with Lurence Tuttle and cast;
Victor Young & His Orchestra 1945 (12'15")
My New Year's Wish For You - Franklyn MacCormack with Herbert Foote,
organ 1948 (2'52")
Lullaby Of Christmas - Gregory Peck with supporting cast & The Carmen
Dragon Orchestra 1949 (19'04")
'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Lionel Barrymore with Buddy Cole,
organ 1950 (3'05")
Laserlight 12 765 Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
performed by Sir Lawrence Olivier and Guests
sandwiched between Gloucestershire Wassail and Good King Wenceslas.
this sounds like a radio broadcast - anyone have any details??? No
cast is announced at the intro or closing.