Les Misérables: The Radio Broadcast was a seven-part radio series broadcast July 23 - September 3, 1937, 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. Les Misérables was one of Welles's earliest and finest achievements on radio, and marked the radio debut of the Mercury Theatre. The production costarred Martin Gabel as Javert, Alice Frost as Fantine, and Virginia Nicholson, 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, Richard Wilson, and William Alland.
Les Misérables: Behind the Scenes
Chapter 1: "The Bishop"
Chapter 2: "Javert"
Chapter 3: "The Trial"
Chapter 4: "Cosette"
Chapter 5: "The Grave"
Chapter 6: "The Barricade"
Chapter 7: "Finale"
This classic masterpiece, as presented by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater, is a must have for any collector of Victor Hugo, Orson Welles, and Old Time Radio Broadcasts.
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"Even in this pre-'War of the Worlds' serialization, [narrator Orson Welles'] genius for the spoken word and showmanship have the power to engage - no, excite!" (AudioFile)
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