Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Orson Welles - Les Miserables - Radio Play series

Made for WOR radio in New York City here's the seven part 1937 Orson Welles rendition of "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo

Click the links below (or right click to download the MP3) for each part. Each ep runs approx 30 minutes.

It's OOP but you can order a used copy here from on audio CD summary:
This is a recovered one-of-a-kind 1937 radio adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel. Orson Welles, distinguished author, director, and actor, had creative control and assembled a notable cast including Martin Gabel, Ray Collins, Alice Frost,Agnes Moorehead, Everette Sloane, and Bill Johnstone, to interpret Les Miserables for radio presentation. Welles stars as Jean Valijean and also narrates each of the seven episodes. We are truly fortunate that this landmark broadcast was able to be digitally restored and remastered to preserve magnificient radio performance for future generations in excellent, vibrant, sound quality. An illustrated 29-page booklet, written by noted Welles' historian Michael Dawson, details the production of the broadcasts and the cast of each of the seven episodes.

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