American Children Of The 1940S And 1950S - Stories For Christmas (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

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American Children Of The 1940S And 1950S - Stories For Christmas (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE)) A collection of short stories for Christmas, written and adapted for American children of the 1940s and 1950s and featuring stars of the silver screen, including several first-time official CD issues. In the days when families gathered around the wireless and the radiogram, Christmas stories made popular entertainment for children and adults alike. The most successful of them transferred to record with musical accompaniments supervised by experienced Hollywood hands, none more so than Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock's composer of choice, who in 1944 composed and conducted a score to an adaptation by Orson Welles of Oscar Wilde's tale of TheHappy Prince. Bing Crosby took the part of the Prince, and two years later became narrator for a new story by Charles Tazewell, The Small One. Two further Tazewell stories for radio captured the imagination of the American public in 1948 and became Christmas-time fixtures, rather like The Snowmanon British TV in the 1980s. The Littlest Angeland Lullaby of Christmasboth told a touching tale, in the tradition of Andersen's Little Match Girl but with a happy ending, of a child whose fortunes are transformed at Christmas time. When Decca released them as 78s and 10-inch LPs, they were narrated by Loretta Young and Gregory Peckrespectively. According to Peck, 'This is the holiday drama I've always hoped to find'. English leads were used for the two English stories recorded by American Decca: Ronald Colman as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and Charles Laughton as Mr. Pickwick in another Dickensian picture of poor souls redeemed by kindness at Christmas time Óthis last scored by none other than HannsEisler, seven years before he fled the US after being denounced by the Committee for Un-American Activities. In all these tales, there is a warmth and a delight in the telling that struck a chord in their audiences of the 40s and 50s, andwill do so again in these newly remastered transfers. "In very much better taste than anything else being turned out for the Christmas rush." Down Beat, November 1946 (The Happy Prince) "They will certainly be liked by many. The stories are well put over and there are many attractive features in the orchestralaccompaniments and general presentation." Gramophone, January 1954 (The Littlest Angel, Lullaby of Christmas) "Charming for kiddies." Gramophone, December 1963 (The Happy Prince) "For the Christmas stocking, Ronald Colman as Scrooge and Charles Laughton as Mr. Pickwick æ would be perfect." Gramophone, January 2006 (A Christmas Carol, Mr. Pickwick's Christmas) "Countless thousands who have heard this beautiful story over the radio will find in it the perfect remembrance." Small One) Tracklistings: CD 1 1Ó9 The Happy Prince An Oscar Wilde Fairy Tale Adapted and directed by Orson Welles Musical Score composed by Bernard Herrmann Orson Welles ÷ Bing Crosby ÷ LureneTuttle Orchestra directed by Victor Young 10Ó14A Christmas Carol Adapted from Charles Dickens by George Wells Ronald Colman ÷ Eric Snowden ÷ Barbara Jean Wong Victor Young,musical director ÷ Ken Darby,vocal director 15Ó17Mr. Pickwick's Christmas Story by Charles Dickens Orchestral accompaniment composed by HannsEisler Charles Laughton, narrator Ensemble conducted by HannsEisler CD 2 1Ó5 The Small One A Christmas Story Story by Charles Tazewell Musical Score Composed by Victor Young Bing Crosby, narrator Orchestra directed by Victor Young 6Ó12 The Littlest Angel Story by Charles Tazewell Original Musical Score by Charles Paul Loretta Young, narrator Ken Darby Choir Orchestra directed by Victor Young 13Ó20Lullaby of Christmas Story by Charles Tazewell Musical Score by Carmen Dragon Gregory Peck, narrator Choir and Orchestra directed by Carmen Dragon


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