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Halloween Countdown, Day 13

Today I bring you the second part of the wonderful A Halloween Trilogy by Leonard Nimoy's and John de Lancie's theatrical company "Alien Voices" (including Jeffrey Combs, Francis Bay, Susan Bay, Marnie Mosiman, Dwight Schultz, Jean Simmons, and Kurtwood Smith, as well as Nimoy and de Lancie). (My post with the first part is here.) This special originally aired on October 26, 1998 on the Sci-Fi Channel.

This adaptation is of Oscar Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost."

And here's the original....

Text of the Day: "The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Excerpt: ‘We have not cared to live in the place ourselves,’ said Lord Canterville, ‘since my grandaunt, the Dowager Duchess of Bolton, was frightened into a fit, from which she never really recovered, by two skeleton hands being placed on her shoulders as she was dressing for dinner, and I feel bound to tell you, Mr. Otis, that the ghost has been seen by several living members of my family, as well as by the rector of the parish, the Rev. Augustus Dampier, who is a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. After the unfortunate accident to the Duchess, none of our younger servants would stay with us, and Lady Canterville often got very little sleep at night, in consequence of the mysterious noises that came from the corridor and the library.’

‘My Lord,’ answered the Minister, ‘I will take the furniture and the ghost at a valuation. I come from a modern country, where we have everything that money can buy; and with all our spry young fellows painting the Old World red, and carrying off your best actresses and prima-donnas, I reckon that if there were such a thing as a ghost in Europe, we’d have it at home in a very short time in one of our public museums, or on the road as a show.’

‘I fear that the ghost exists,’ said Lord Canterville, smiling, ‘though it may have resisted the overtures of your enterprising impresarios. It has been well known for three centuries, since 1584 in fact, and always makes its appearance before the death of any member of our family.’

‘Well, so does the family doctor for that matter, Lord Canterville. But there is no such thing, sir, as a ghost, and I guess the laws of Nature are not going to be suspended for the British aristocracy.’

‘You are certainly very natural in America,’ answered Lord Canterville, who did not quite understand Mr. Otis’s last observation, ‘and if you don’t mind a ghost in the house, it is all right. Only you must remember I warned you.’

Read the Complete Short Story: Here.



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Oct. 13th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
This was great fun! I would have loved to live in the days of early radio, where this type of performance was the entertainment of the day. I'd love to be the one doing sound effects in the background!
Oct. 17th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
I'm soooo tickled that you enjoyed it!

I would have loved to live in the days of early radio, where this type of performance was the entertainment of the day. I'd love to be the one doing sound effects in the background!

Oooh, I'd be right there with you. I love how they have the effects people dressed as skeletons here! It's great to see how the actors get into their parts with their gestures and expressions, too, and how this translates into their voice work.
Oct. 16th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Oscar Wilde has such a way with words.
Oct. 17th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Yes! And his wit doesn't age, either, it seems to me; his prose is still as clever as it ever was. It really translates from era to era.
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