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Re: Shakespeare on Radio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0795.  Monday, 28 July 1997.

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 09:27:58 -0400
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[2]     From:   John Owen <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 11:48:32 -0400 (EDT)
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 10:56:17 -0500 (CDT)
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 12:16:14 -0500 (CDT)
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 19:22:23 -0400 (EDT)
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        Date:   Sunday, 27 Jul 1997 13:44:43 -0400 (EDT)
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jul 1997 09:40:31 -0400 (EDT)
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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 09:27:58 -0400
Subject: 8.0786  Shakespeare on Radio
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0786  Shakespeare on Radio

Hugh -

We've just got a line on that series.  I don't have a price yet, but
anyone interested can contact us, Poor Yorick at 
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through our new website: http://granite.cyg.net/~yorick

Cheers,
Tanya Gough

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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 11:48:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0786 Shakespeare on Radio
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0786 Shakespeare on Radio

In reply to Hugh Davis,

The Shakespeare in Hollywood series has been reissued a number of times.
I have the LPs released by Fonodisk under the Ariel label, and cassette
versions of two of the series from Radio Yesteryear. The address on the
liner notes for these is:

Radio Yesteryear
Box C
Sandy Hook, Conn  06482

Although be cautioned that I got these a good ten years ago, so the
address may have changed, and you may need to do a little Web surfing to
get the latest info.

I have to disagree with Bogie's biographer. Bogart's performance is
altogether praiseworthy, except for a couple of minor stumbles (it was
live, after all and underrehearsed). He has no trouble at all conveying
Hotspur in all his vitality. Walter Huston's diction is flawless, but he
and Aherne are definitely outacted. And a word might be said also for
Walter Connolly's excellent Falstaff. Get this if you can, by all means.

One revelation of this series is actor Thomas Mitchell. He plays Lear
and Brutus and is very good, especially in the latter part, and Lord
knows it is difficult to make Brutus interesting.

(Note-The radio yesteryear series also includes a rare recording of the
great Old Vic production of Peer Gynt with Richardson and Olivier that
is worth investigating.)

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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 10:56:17 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 8.0786  Shakespeare on Radio
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0786  Shakespeare on Radio

In reference to radio broadcasts of Shakespeare, some years ago I
purchased two lp sets (back in the days when records still existed)
called  "Hollywood Immortals Perform Shakespeare" and "Shakespeare in
Hollywood"

The first lp contains 5 original radio broadcasts: The Taming of the
Shrew with Edward G. Robinson; Much Ado About Nothing, with Leslie
Howard and Rosalind Russell; Julius Caesar with Claude Rains, Walter
Abel & Thomas Mitchell; Henry IV with Humphrey Bogart; and Twelfth Night
with Orson Welles, Sir Cedric Hardwicke a& Tallulah Bankhead.

The second lp contains 4 programs; Twelfth Night, Much Ado and Shrew
programs from above, and As You Like It with Frank Morgan & Elissa
Landi.

I'm not sure if these are still available. If anyone needs the exact
information about these old records, let me know.

Patricia E. Gallagher

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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 12:16:14 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 8.0786  Shakespeare on Radio
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0786  Shakespeare on Radio

Three episodes of the CBS Shakespeare Theater, including the H4 with
Bogart, are available on tape from Radio Yesteryear, a company in Sandy
Hook, NJ which sells tapes of old radio shows.  The three are:

The Taming of the Shrew with Edward G. Robinson, first broadcast July 3,
1937 (item LRB-41)

Henry IV with Walter Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Brian Aherne, and Dame May
Whitty, first broadcast August 23, 1937 (item LRB-42)

Twelfth Night with Orson Welles, Tallulah Bankhead, and Sir Cedric
Hardwicke, first broadcast August 30, 1937 (item LRB-43)

The tapes cost $4.98 each plus postage, and can be ordered by calling
Radio Yesteryear at 1-800-243-0987, by e-mailing them at

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may be other tapes of the CBS Shakespeare series available, since they
claim to have 50,000 radio shows that are not in their catalogue.
They'll send a report on the availability of up to three programs for
free with an order (or for $3 without an order).

Dave Kathman

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Date:           Saturday, 26 Jul 1997 19:22:23 -0400 (EDT)
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Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0786  Shakespeare on Radio

Dear Hugh Davis,

You can probably get copies of both of the Shakespeare radio programs
you mention from RADIO YESTERYEAR, Box C, Sandy Hook, CT 06482.  Order
line is 800 243-0987, or Fax 203 797-0819.  I've ordered copies of many
of Barrymore's radio Shakespeare programs from them, and the quality of
the cassettes is excellent.  When you call, ask for the search form-they
can search their huge database of radio programs according to any
criterion you wish.  One warning: the price of tapes is rather steep
($12.00 per hour of recording).

I hope this helps.  I hope you'll post any other information you run
across about radio Shakespeare.

Cheers,
Douglas Lanier

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Date:           Sunday, 27 Jul 1997 13:44:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0786 Shakespeare on Radio
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0786 Shakespeare on Radio

Dear Hugh Davis, Most of the Shakespeare on radio shows that you have
inquired about are available in a boxed set from Radio/Video Yesteryear,
Box C, Sandy Hook, Conn. 06482. Call 203-426-2774. They are of excellent
quality in my opinion. All the best, Kenneth Rothwell

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Date:           Monday, 28 Jul 1997 09:40:31 -0400 (EDT)
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Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0786  Shakespeare on Radio

I have an old Columbia recording of five episodes of the Shakespeare on
Radio series broadcast on CBS in 1937.  I admire Bogart's
Hotspur-impassioned, a bit dangerous.  He doesn't like being toyed with
by a manipulative crafty old king.  Each play is cut down to just under
an hour.  I picked these up in a used record store about twenty years
ago.  I have no idea as to their current availability.  David Richman
 

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