|Date:||January 28th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)|| |
A John Derek performance I enjoyed watching was his role as John Wilkes Booth in "The Prince of Players" released in 1955, starring Richard Burton as Edwin Booth. I think John Derek really captured what Wilkes Booth was said to be like.
In the early 1890's Edwin Booth made a recording of Othello, Act I Scene 3.
At http://www.josephhawarth.com/edwin_booth.htm you can click on a gramaphone icon to hear it. You need to scroll down to near the bottom of the page to find the gramaphone icon. The recording is very rough but this site also has the text you can read as the recording plays which makes it easier to hear and follow.
Getting online recordings to play can be iffy at times, so if it does not work just type Edwin Booth Othello recording at Google and it should lead to other choices that might play. A second choice I found for the Edwin Booth recording is at http://www.britannica.com/shakespeare/browse?browseId=248018 and you need to scroll down about one third of the way to see Edwin Booth's name, but it is a bit difficult to pick out unless you look carefully.
Edwin Booth displays beautiful technique in this brief recording. He could easily find stage work as as Shakespearean actor today. Brothers sometimes have similar voices, so perhaps it also suggests what John Wilkes sounded like.