Saturday, June 3, 2017
Saturday Night Radio Drama - George Bernard Shaw - Candida (as revised for radio)
George Bernard Shaw's play as broadcast on ABC Radio, 6 May 1951, with Katharine Cornell (OBC), Wesley Addy, Alfred Ryder, Brenda Forbes, Malcolm Keane & Oliver Cliff.
I have been trying to decide whether or not to post this for the past week. Since reading a lot of Shaw's political-economic-social writing I have come to absolutely despise him and don't find his comedy to be funny.
But it is interesting as one of, reportedly, two or possibly three examples of the acting of the legendary American stage actress Katherine Cornell that was recorded, another was also a radio play, Florence Nightingale, which I can't find. As it says in the introduction Cornell absolutely refused to appear in movies - probably wise if artistic quality was her goal but which, of course, leaves not much but descriptions of her art- a stand she relaxed only once, when she appeared as herself in Stage Door Canteen. I'd only heard her voice in the recording of some of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets and an excerpt from her signature role in The Barretts of Wimpole Street. You can hear those on Youtube. It's an acting style that sounds old fashioned to me but Shaw endorsed her as being the ideal Candida so who am I to second guess him?
I'm posting this as a document of Cornell's acting. You can take whatever you want to from it. Shaw was a total pig and a proto-fascist if not Nazi and one of the most repulsive of the many repulsive British Fabians. Speaking of that, I can only guess what Shaw would have said about the propaganda for the sponsors of the show, U.S. Steel. He died the year before this was produced.
Posted by The Thought Criminal at 12:06 PM