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The Voice!


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No, NOT the silly vocal competition TV show...here's a scenario;

 

You're a producer for the recordings of a major symphony orchestra. You want to record Aaron Copeland's "Lincoln Portrait" and are looking for someone to provide the narrative. Suddenly, a genie appears and claims to be able to provide ANYONE, living or dead, to provide that voice.

 

Who would you like to get?

 

Someone with the preferred dramatic timbre no doubt. But WHO would it be for you?

 

MY short list is:

 

Orson Welles

James Earl Jones

Roscoe Lee Brown

Charlton Heston

James Mason

Sidney Poitier

William Conrad

Kirk Douglas(middle age)

John Huston

Jose Ferrer

 

Who else do you think would do?

 

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Darkblue, if you're gonna add Cox to the list, you might as well also go with "Cuddles" Sakall!

 

Actually, Cox would be great for "Peter and the Wolf". I once had this notion, back in the vinyl days, that instead of putting the usual "Carnival of the Animals" on the B side of "Wolf", to do BOTH sides with PATW done by two different narrators. MY choices were Fred Rogers on one side, and Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman on the other! Cover almost the entire child spectrum.

 

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Thanks. If playing a waiter in 'Casablanca' is [sakall's] best-known role it's no wonder that I'm unaware of him. That movie has sent my mind wandering every time I've ever attempted to watch it - and that's his good one.

 

Well, then, what about Franklin Pangborn or Eric Blore? ;) Or is it you don't pay attention to any character actors, no matter how well known?

 

But going in another direction, why not Warren William? If this hypothetical exercise has anything to do with Abraham Lincoln, I'd bet that within the first few minutes Warren William could sell Jeff Davis himself on the necessity of staying in the Union.

 

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First, much as I love James Mason's voice, and appreciate those of other English actors, I believe it would have to be an American actor narrating a story of Abraham Lincoln.

 

That being said, there is one that comes to mind automatically that is not on the list, and no one has mentioned, an actor who is as American and distinguished as you can get:

 

Gregory Peck.

 

And he did portray Lincoln in The Blue and the Grey. I would also recommend two other actors who have played Lincoln, though I may have to disqualify one for being Canadian:

 

Henry Fonda

Raymond Massey

 

 

 

 

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My pick: The seemingly oft-forgotten, primarily NY stage and early television actor, and one of the great film and TV voiceover narrators ever...Alexander Scourby.

 

Or maybe, Paul Frees, if anyone here remembers that distinctive voice. Anyone who's ever ridden one of the "ghost buggies" through Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, or who's REALLY into Howard Hawk's *The Thing, from another world* knows of whom I'm talkin' about here.

 

But NOW, if ya'd like to play around a little bit with this thing here, might I suggest either Chistopher Walken, or maybe Bill Shatner!!!

 

(...I mean, can't you just imagine listenin' to either of those two guys do voiceovers and tryin' not to visualize 'em bein' in front of that microphone while doin' it???) ;)

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Yep, Herrmann and Markham are also great voiceover artists, wouldbe. Good suggestions. Another one who in the last few decades can be heard doing a lot of very good work in this regard is actor Peter Coyote.

 

And re Paul Frees. If you'll pause the linked YouTube video below of this trailer for *The Thing* at the 00:46 mark, Paul Frees is the gentleman third from the left in this scene. And coincidentally, another famous annoucer standing second from the left and next to Frees is Groucho's own "You Bet Your Life" announcer, George Fenneman, early in his career, also.

 

 

 

And, I've also found the following at the YouTube site which might jog your memory about Paul Frees...

 

 

 

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Vincent Price

 

I have seen an animated short film he narrated. His range was impressive and he had a great ability to influence the listener .

 

Like my aforementioned Warren William, Vincent Price had the perfect combination of a deep voice and a straight face that could sell a state of the art freezer to an igloo-bound Eskimo. OTOH to anyone who recognized Price's voice in a Lincoln documentary, the effect might be that we'd want to count the silverware after Lincoln left the room.

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For Darkblue:

 

Sam Jaffe would be good for "Lincoln Portrait". He would deliver the distinguished sound the words of Lincoln surely deserve without sounding "bombastic".

 

Character actor Royal Dano would also do well. He too, had a good baritone sound, and Dano once played Lincoln in a small film some years back.

 

I have an old LP of "Lincoln Portrait" narrated by Henry Fonda. Fonda had, like all of us, a distinctive voice, though not "distinguished". It lent a sort of "everyman" or "common man" tone to it, which would have thrilled Lincoln, who once said, "God must love the common man. He made so MANY of them!"

 

Let's please leave Kevin Costner off this list. He's a good actor, but in any movie in which he's done narration, it always sounded stilted and lifeless, like a high school kid doing an oral book report.

 

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