The Stingiest Man In Town
Finally – at last – The Stingiest Man In Town, the legendary 1956 musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Basil Rathbone, has been found by its copyright owner New York based Showcase Productions.
Let me first of all thank Mr. Alexander W. Kogan, Jr. of Showcase Productions for allowing me to break this news. And most importantly, on behalf of Dickensians everywhere, let me thank Mr. Kogan for his tireless efforts over the years to locate this treasure from television’s fabled Golden Age – and for his desire to make it available to the home video marketplace in as timely a manner as possible!
The Stingiest Man In Town will be available for purchase on DVD on Thursday, November 10, 2011. It is being distributed by Video Artists International and will be an exciting addition to its already impressive catalogue of unique performing arts video.
To order your copy (or copies!) contact information for Video Artists International, also known as VAI, is listed below. Or simply visit their web site at www.vaimusic.com
Video Artists International
109 Wheeler Avenue
Pleasantville, NY 10570
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Outside the U.S. or Canada by phone:
When I was conducting research for my book in the late nineties, I was able to see a partial copy of Stingiest Man at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. And an opportunity to see even a portion of this most elusive adaptation was basically a dream come true – but it only whetted my appetite for more!
Thankfully, I have recently been privileged to receive a sneak preview of the complete version and can state without hesitation or qualification that it is an outstanding production whose lofty reputation is richly deserved!
If you are even remotely interested in Dickens adaptations in general, and in particular adaptations of his “Ghostly little book,” then Christmas 2011 is going to be very special indeed. And what a way to kick off 2012 and the Dickens bicentenary!