Les Misérables is a seven-part radio series broadcast July 23–September 3, 1937 (Fridays at 10 p.m. ET), on the Mutual Network. Orson Welles adapted Victor Hugo's novel, directed the series and starred as Jean Valjean. The 22-year-old Welles developed the idea of telling stories with first-person narration on the series, which was his first job as a writer-director for radio. Marking the radio debut of the Mercury Theatre, Welles's Les Misérables was described by biographer Simon Callow as "one of his earliest, finest and most serious achievements on radio".
The production costarred Martin Gabel as Javert, Alice Frost as Fantine, and Virginia Nicolson, Welles's first wife, as the adult Cosette. The supporting cast included Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Betty Garde, Hiram Sherman, Frank Readick, Richard Widmark [only 23 years old], Richard Wilson and William Alland.
The Adventures of Harry Lime (broadcast in the United States as The Lives of Harry Lime) is an old-time radio programme produced in the United Kingdom during the 1951 to 1952 season. Orson Welles reprises his role of Harry Lime from the celebrated 1949 film The Third Man. The radio series is a prequel to the film, and depicts the many misadventures of con-artist Lime in a somewhat lighter tone than that of the film.
The Adventures of Harry Lime is one of the most successful series created by prolific British radio producer Harry Alan Towers and his company Towers of London. Towers and Graham Greene, author of The Third Man, had the same literary agent, and Towers learned that Greene had not sold the rights to the character of Harry Lime to Alexander Korda when he sold Korda The Third Man. Towers quickly bought the rights to the character and in 1951 he put a syndicated radio series into production. Orson Welles reprised the role of Harry Lime in a series of adventures that preceded the story told in The Third Man.
52 episodes were produced. I recently listened to the very last, "Greek Meets Greek". Welles isn't too convincing as an Errol Flynnish ladies man, and it's pretty clear he doesn't care in the slightest about the damsel in distress who who barges into his hotel room. I though the best parts were his wry wraparounds, similar to the talking-to-the-camera style he would employ so brilliantly in his classic TV film, "The Fountain Of Youth".
Wiki: "The episode "Man of Mystery", written by Welles, was later expanded by him and served as the basic plot for his film Mr. Arkadin."
There is a director character, but Welles is not mentioned by name. Like many live TV dramas it's notable for the soon-to-be-familiar faces sprinkled throughout the cast: James Coburn, Vincent Gardenia, John Astin, Ed Asner, and as Princeton frat boys, Warrens Oates and Beatty.
Life is never interesting enough, somehow... You people who come to the movies know that.
Post by twothousandonemark on Nov 22, 2018 7:13:08 GMT
I finally heard its entirely this week, buying it via iTunes for a couple bucks.
What's most astonishing is how many ppl actually believed it true, when its near flawless editing & time (& geographic) jumps make it nearly an impossible feat for reality. There would never be real time flawless vocal reporting like it.
Then again, it was 1938 & precedent had never prior been set. I do think it's funny though as if in the course of one hour, observed phenomena coming from the planet Mars nearly immediately becomes Martian invasion in middle America. That's one quick hop & a jump from Mars to Earth lols.
Its 2nd half, after the attack, is I think its finest. That's where its messaging shines & payoff.