There are many audio recordings that derive from Dickens stories. Shown here are images from the covers of four 33 rpm phonograph records. The records highlight the many talented performers who have portrayed Dickens and his work.
First is Charles Laughton telling the story of Mr. Pickwick’s Christmas, and Ronald Coleman as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Actor Charles Laughton won an academy award in 1933 for The Private Life of Henry the VIII. His other notable performances were as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). Ronald Coleman was always the suave, dignified, romantic hero in both silent and sound films. He starred as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities (1935), and won an Oscar for A Double Life in 1948.
Second is a Walt Disney Productions 1974 adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Mickey Mouse is Bob Cratchit, Donald Duck is Scrooge’s nephew, Goofy is Marley’s Ghost, and of course Scrooge McDuck is Scrooge.
Third, in 1962 RCA Victor recorded Lionel Bart’s Oliver! with its original cast. Clive Revill played Fagin, and Georgia Brown, Nancy.
Clive Revill had previously played Sam Weller in Mr. Pickwick. Georgia Brown began her career as a cabaret singer. Brown starred in The Three Penny Opera.
Fourth, the great Dickens impersonator Emlyn Williams had a long career as actor, playwright, and director. He wrote and had the leading role in Night Must Fall (1935). He had a Dickensian role as Mr. Dick in David Copperfield (1970). Williams toured Britain and America giving readings in the role of Charles Dickens, which were subsequently released on 33 rpm records.