Saturday, December 18, 2004

Weenedn Assignement #39- Snow White and the Seven Imposters

When the novelty wore off, the family moved the wind-up Victrola to the kid’s room. That was me. Wow, a phonograph of my own, and all the family’s records, in my own room. Just watching the turntable spin wildly at 78 rpm was a treat.

When I had listened to Sailor Jack, William Tell Overture, or classical music hundreds of times I needed new material.

The movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was about to be released, and the music had been recorded in an RCA album. It was a soundtrack recording, right from the film, and I could listen to it right in my own room.

It took overtime wheedling, but I was taken to the music store, and there it was: for $7.98. But that was in 1935-dollars, which were hard to come by.

My mother said, “I’m really sorry, but I just can’t pay for the RCA-Victor album.”

I was offered a compromise. Frank Luther, whoever he is, had made a version of Snow White, by his writers, played and sung by his musicians, on Bluebird Records, for $2.95. It was a Hobson’s choice: this or nothing. I may have been a purist, but I was a kid. I caved. I got the Bluebird records.

“Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho,” sang Luther’s musicians. “Halt. Somebody’s shoes are a-squeekin’.”

Squeaking? There’s no squeaking in Disney’s Snow White. Who said that? Doc? Grumpy? Surely not Dopey. That complaining dwarf is an imposter.

So I had to live with Frank Luther and his band of fake Bluebird dwarfs. They are probably still a-squeekin’ in the storage shed with my Orphan Annie de-coder rings, and my Ovaltine drinking cups and the other shattered dreams of my childhood. The adultery of childhood may be as bitter as the adultery of adulthood.


sylviam4000 said...

Life can be cruel but as you say it is worth living.  Childhood? I think for lots of us it is a shattered dream. It is humour that wins through.

kkasey47 said...

I love "Snow White " I have the movie on DVD my kids got it for Christmas for me one year. They know they can always get me a Disney movie.I actuall have a tatto of the 7 Dwafs up the side of my left leg......Kasey

mavarin said...

Reminds me of an album called (if I remember correctly) Ed Sullivan Presents My Fair Lady by the Ed Sullivan Singers.  I have no idea why we had this LP in the early 1960s. I suppose my mom bought it on the premise that it was cheaper than the Julie Andrews or Audrey Hepburn-Marni Nixon versions. I loved My Fair Lady, so I tried to listen to this record once in the early 1970s. Oh, the horror! The horror! Imagine "Wouldn't it be Loverly" as sung by a chorus in clipped, overpronunciated Middle American accents.

Oh, and like you, a got a fake Disney not-the-soundtrack once. I didn't get to see Mary Poppins on the big screen--ever--but I really, really wanted the soundtrack.  What I got was an EP with about six songs on it.  As best I can determine now, it was sung with Richard Sherman (who co-wrote those wonderful songs) and Marni Nixon. "This other record is cheaper, so we'll buy that instead" strikes again!