ALAN BATES IN "LONDON BY DICKENS" & RICHARD BURTON READS "A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES" BY DYLAN THOMAS

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ALAN BATES IN "LONDON BY DICKENS" & RICHARD BURTON READS "A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES" BY DYLAN THOMAS

Two quite different impressions of life in the United Kingdom -- different writers, different centuries -- brought together by happy coincidences in the careers of the stars who perform them on this DVD.

In 1958 a very young Alan Bates was in New York City to reprise the role in John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger that had recently made him a star in London. Between rehearsals he was prevailed upon to do this half-hour montage London by Dickens, drawn from Charles Dickens' lesser known short writings Sketches by Boz as well as The Uncommercial Traveller, Sketches of Young Couples, The Mudfog Papers and The Pic-Nic Papers. It is one of his first television appearances and predates his 1960 film debut in The Entertainer.

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas features Richard Burton, who in 1961 was appearing on Broadway in the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. (Coincidentally, Burton had earlier starred in the film version of Look Back in Anger.) It took little prevailing to get him to take a couple of hours off to reminisce on camera about Thomas - a fellow Welshman - and read his classic story, “one little book hovering somewhere between poetry and prose.” It is surely the only work about Christmas worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Dickens' immortal novella A Christmas Carol.

These two pieces are reproduced here from black and white film copies of television broadcasts on the arts series Camera Three. The Dickens was broadcast live on June 1, 1958. The Thomas, on film, ran December 24, 1961.

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