Orson Welles on the radio, c. 1938 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Orson Welles on the radio, c. 1938 (Photo ...
His Mercury Theatre project (along with John Houseman) received its own Sunday-evening slot in the fall of 1938, and on October 30, Welles and company perfectly sent up H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds as a straight-up newscast, terrifying listeners
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For over half a century, John Houseman played a commanding role on the American cultural scene. Nobody in the business has been a major part of so much of it. Almost every significant talent and personality collaborated with Houseman in the theater, Hollywood, radio and television. In Unfinished Business, the 1500 pages of his three earlier memoirs, Run-Through, Front and Center and Final Dress have been distilled into one astonishing volume, with fresh revelations throughout and a riveting new final chapter which brings the Houseman saga to a close.
Do you know who would have understood our current political moment. Charles Dickens , that’s who. The villainy in Oliver Twist alone suffices to show just how well Dickens understood misogyny, criminal exploitation, and the ways seductive insincerity works to ensnare the vulnerable. As we approach the interminable holiday season, many of us will reflect on Dickens’ scathing indictment of greed in A Christmas Carol. Nearly everyone wants a piece of Dickens’ presumed political views. But Dickens was no revolutionary. His foreign policy ideas “anticipate Kipling’s proletarian defenders of empire,” and he might have fit right in with the most starry-eyed of neoconservatives. Characters like pre-redemption Scrooge and Ralph Nickleby—who in, say, Ayn Rand’s hands might be champions of individualism and selfishness as a virtue—become in Dickens’ novels examples of frighteningly truncated humanity. This is the look of the deceitful, scheming businessman in Dickens: the cold eyes, the barely-concealed malice. In novels like Oliver Twist and Hard Times , Dickens “provides a damning critique of industrial England of the nineteenth century” and “an indictment of global laissez faire capitalism of the twenty-first century. ” So argues The Copperfield Review , in any case. But when we read Dickens, we don’t do so foremost to have our political views bolstered or challenged, but to experience the immensely moving and entertaining plots, with their vividly delineated characters like Ralph Nickleby above. These qualities have always made Dickens’ work translate beautifully to the stage and screen, and also to the radio waves, where Dickens appeared in dramatic adaptations during the medium’s golden age and beyond, often in star-studded productions. For example, at the top of the post, you can hear a 1950 radio play of David Copperfield with Richard Burton in the title role and Boris Karloff as “the smarmiest creep in Dickens,” Uriah Heep. The latter character may be one of the most obsessively described in all of the author’s works, to the point of caricature. And yet, writes Sam Jordison at The Guardian , “just as Satan gets the best lines in Paradise Lost , Heep gets some of the best moments in David Copperfield. Further up, you can hear Orson Welles star in a 1938 production of A Tale of Two Cities. This play is the third in Welles and John Houseman’s series The Mercury Theatre on the Air , which featured Welles’ handpicked company of actors. Soon sponsored by Campbell’s Soup, the program was renamed The Campbell Playhouse by the time Welles produced an adaptation of A Christmas Carol with Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge. In the Spotify playlist above, hear that production as well as a second Welles-starring version of A Tale of Two Cities recorded in 1945 for the legendary Lux Radio Theater. You’ll also find Richard Burton’s David Copperfield and classic productions of Great Expectations , Oliver Twist , The Pickwick Papers , The Mystery of Edwin Drood , and short stories like “The Queer Client,” “The Signalman,” and “The Trial for... Visiting, or revisiting, the Dickensian world through radio plays fits in perfectly with the author’s own mode of disseminating his fiction: he was a showman who loved to give readings of his work “with full histrionic brilliance,” writes Simon... ” And through such entertainment, he believed, he might move readers and audiences with his critiques of the exploitative systems of his day. The playlist above will be added to our collection,. -- XHTML: You can use these tags:
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