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Sorry, Wrong Number - 1947 Decca Record Version

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Post by airlanes 6/9/2016, 1:59 pm

I'm working on an article about "Sorry, Wrong Number" and have been looking for a recording of the 1947 Decca Record version.  I found one posted on Youtube and thought I would post it here for anyone else who might want a copy. I have uploaded a copy to pcloud and am also including the youtube video link here.

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Post by Tom-In-Ohio 6/9/2016, 6:10 pm

Wow - Thank you very much.

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Post by Harlow Wilcox 6/9/2016, 10:33 pm

Thank you for this airlanes! Smile
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Post by artatoldotr 6/10/2016, 9:24 am

Thanks airlanes

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Post by kdmarket 6/10/2016, 4:53 pm

thank you for the show
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Post by greybelt 6/10/2016, 8:29 pm

Here's a bunch of items related to this record release -- it was released multiple times and was quite a success! From what I have been able to research, this was a new production, and not an edited version of a broadcast show.

BILLBOARD 1947-01-25 SWN to be new Decca release.PNG
BILLBOARD 1949-12-31 New LP format may create more opportunities like SWN was for Decca.PNG
BILLBOARD 1952-12-17 review of SWN Decca release (likely LP release of orig 78 set).PNG
BILLBOARD 1958-06-09 SWN review as part of Decca LP drama set.PNG
Decca 1952 SWB LP release back.jpg
Decca 1952 SWB LP release booklet cover.jpg
Decca 1952 SWB LP release cover.jpg
Decca 1952 SWB LP release label side 1.jpg
Decca 1952 SWB LP release label side 2.jpg

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Post by Rosebud 6/10/2016, 10:58 pm

This is going to be neat to listen to! Thanks, guys. Smile
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Post by artatoldotr 6/11/2016, 10:47 am

Thanks greybelt

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Post by airlanes 6/11/2016, 11:08 am

Greybelt, thanks for all the valuable research.  Agnes Moorehead appeared eight times on Suspense between 1943 and 1960 in "Sorry, Wrong Number."  The special Decca recording is generally overlooked.  I have dropped a couple more items into the original audio file folder that might be of interest.  The first is a Saturday Review of Literature column by the radio critic Harriet Van Horne dated 9-27-47 reviewing the Decca recording.  The second is a copy of an original CBS publicity still I picked up on Ebay a few years back.  The photo is dated 9-9-52 and shows the toll of exhaustion on Moorehead as the play unfolds.  Note the presence of soundman Berne Surrey on heightened alert during the performance.

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Post by wich2 6/11/2016, 12:25 pm

Thanks, all. I look forward to having time to "A/B" this with some SUSPENSEs, to lock down whether it is:

- an original-for-home-disc production of an earlier broadcast (as with THE LONESOME TRAIN)

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- a customized home release from broadcast discs (as with DRAGNET: THE CHRISTMAS STORY, aka "The Big Little Jesus.")

Best,
-Craig

P.S. - In the meanwhile, here's a tweaked version of the Brunswick 45rpm release:

Sorry, Wrong Number - 1947 Decca Record Version Sorry_10

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Post by greybelt 6/12/2016, 3:42 pm

That's hot stuff! Thanks!

From everything read about the release it was a "new" performance. There is still one broadcast performance missing. The one we don't have is 9/15/52 -- it would be identified by Larry Thor being the announcer. So we know the 1947 release can't be from that recording!

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Post by greybelt 6/12/2016, 7:57 pm

I just looked it up -- the list price of the album was $5.25 -- that's $56 in 2016 US$!

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Post by wich2 6/12/2016, 9:27 pm

'Welcome for the graphic, grey!

There wasn't a lot of actual radio drama released on home discs back in what we now call the "OTR" era.

But as well as the ones cited in this thread, there was also the TOP*TEN series:

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-Craig

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Post by Sagebrush.1 6/5/2019, 6:54 pm

Great! Thanks much!

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